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King Edward's School BATH

Entry process

Upon receipt of a completed registration form we will invite your son or daughter to an assessment morning. Year 3 is the primary entry point to the Junior School and we hold our main assessment day in January each year. If you cannot make this date, we will organize an individual assessment morning to suit you. 

We are also happy to accept pupils into Years 4, 5 and 6, although this does depend on space being available.

ENTRY PROCESS FOR YEAR 3

When your son or daughter comes for an assessment morning, it may well be their first experience of being assessed. Our teachers are very aware of this and will do all they can to put your child at ease. On our main assessment day children are grouped according to the month of their birthday and some papers are standardised to take into account the difference between the achievements of those born in Autumn compared to those with birthdays in Summer.

During the morning children are assessed in four subject areas – English, Maths, Reading and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Each test lasts approximately 40 minutes. The teacher will read out all questions relating to English and Maths, while the Non-Verbal Reasoning paper is picture based.

English Assessment

Children are assessed on comprehension, spelling and formation of sentences. They will also be asked to write a short story using a picture on which to base their ideas. The teacher will discuss possible story lines before they begin.

Reading Assessment

Children are asked to fill in gaps in sentences from a choice of four or five alternative words. The level of difficultly increases through the paper.

Mathematics Assessment

The assessment tests the following:

Simple addition and subtraction

Naming 2-D and 3-D shapes

Two, three and five ‘times tables’

Simple fractions, understanding ½ s and ¼ s

Understanding of place value, (tens and units)

Money (eg John has 5p and Mary has 7p more. How much has Mary?)

Understanding of number order (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc)

Time, ability to read the clock at the o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour

Understanding of number words

Odd/even numbers

Number sequences (eg 9, 10, 11, 12: write the next three numbers)

Data handling – reading simple graphs, charts, tables and sorting diagrams

Measuring – concepts of ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’, ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’

Rotation of simple shapes

 

Non Verbal-Reasoning Assessment

This is a picture/diagram based reasoning test, designed to assess innate ability and not developed ability. This gives us an opportunity to identify children with strong potential. 

We would not expect children to have encountered this before, so practising is not necessary.

Offer of places

Following assessment, applicants and their families are invited for interview with the Head of the Junior School prior to offers being made.

 

ENTRY PROCESS FOR YEAR 4

Our entrance examination to Year 4 is similar to Year 3 in that it includes testing of English, Reading, Mathematics, and Non Verbal Reasoning.

English

The English assessment includes a progress paper which tests the knowledge of spelling, basic punctuation, information retrieval from a short passage and vocabulary appropriate to the age of the child.

Children will also be asked to write a short story using a picture on which to base their ideas. The teacher will discuss possible story lines with the group before they begin. Twenty minutes is allowed for this exercise.

Reading

Candidates will be asked to fill in gaps in sentences from a choice of four or five alternatives. The level of difficulty increases through the paper.

Mathematics

This tests knowledge of:

Extracting information from charts, graphs, tables and sorting diagrams

Place value and +, -, x, ¸ up to 999.

Simple problem questions involving +, -, x, 

Telling the time

Change from money

Times tables up to 12

Compass direction: clockwise and anti-clockwise, right angles

Use of metric measures

Names of basic 3-dimensional shapes

Line of symmetry

Negative numbers to 10

Odd and even numbers

Simple number sequences, ordering from smallest to largest

Simple fractions

 

Non-verbal reasoning

This is a picture/diagram based reasoning test, designed to assess innate ability and not developed ability. This provides an opportunity to identify children with strong potential.

We would not expect children not to have encountered this before, so practice is not necessary.

Offer of places

Following assessment applicants and their families are invited in for interview with the Head of the Junior Schoolprior to offers being made.

 

ENTRY PROCESS FOR YEAR 5

Year 5 is a popular point of entry, as many children join in preparation for the Senior School examination. The assessment covers English, Reading, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

English

The English assessment includes a progress paper which tests the knowledge of spelling, basic punctuation, information retrieval from a short passage and vocabulary appropriate to the age of the child. Specific preparation for this assessment is not necessary, however in general terms it is useful if there is close monitoring of, and shared discussion about, your son or daughter’s reading, and encouragement of participation in whole family discussions; much improved vocabulary should be the natural result.

Candidates will also be asked to write a short story or a factual account from a choice of six titles. They will be given 20 minutes to complete the exercise.

Reading

Candidates will be asked to fill in gaps in sentences from a choice of four or five alternatives. The level of difficulty increases through the paper.

Mathematics

Reading simple graphs, charts, tables and sorting diagrams

Use of metric measures of length, weight and capacity

Number sequences: find the next number in this sequence, find the missing number in this sequence

Areas of simple shapes

+, -, ÷ and x of whole numbers

Telling the time

Odd and even numbers

Problems involving time and the calendar

Simple fractions

2-D shapes and their properties: right angles

Simple problems in words

Money problems

Co-ordinates

Approximations and rounding

Line symmetry

Rotations

 

Non Verbal- Reasoning

This is a picture/diagram based reasoning test, designed to assess innate ability and not developed ability. This provides an opportunity to identify children with strong potential.

We would not expect children not to have encountered this before, so practice is not necessary.

Offer of places

Following assessment applicants and their families are invited for interview with the Head of the Junior School prior to offers being made.

 

ENTRY PROCESS TO YEAR 6

We look at Year 6 entry assessments very carefully prior to offering a place so that we can be confident that your son or daughter will be able to meet the requirements of the Senior School Entrance Examination, which will take place at the beginning of Spring Term.

Pupils looking to join Year 6 are assessed in the following areas:

English Assessment

The assessment includes a progress paper which tests the knowledge of spelling, basic punctuation, information retrieval from a short passage and vocabulary appropriate to your son or daughter’s age.

Candidates will also be asked to write a short story or factual account from a choice of five titles. Twenty minutes is allowed for this exercise.

Reading

Children will be asked to fill in gaps in sentences from a choice of four to five alternatives. The level of difficulty increases through the paper.

Mathematics

This tests knowledge of the following:

Reading simple graphs, tables, sorting diagrams and charts, including pie charts

Problems involving money, time, weight, length and capacity

Measuring angles in degrees; angle types, eg acute, obtuse, reflex, right angle

Averages (simple mean)

 

Co-ordinates

Place value (thousands, hundreds, tens and units)

Compass directions

Multiples, factors and square numbers

Percentages

 

+, -, ÷ and x of whole numbers

2-D shapes and their properties

Properties of, and language associated with, the circle

Simple fractions

Rotation

Number sequences and patterns

Estimation

Use of a calculator

 

 

Non Verbal- Reasoning

This is a picture/diagram based reasoning test, designed to assess innate ability and not developed ability. This provides an opportunity to identify children with strong potential.

We would not expect children not to have encountered this before, so practice is not necessary.

Offer of places

Following assessment applicants and their families are invited in for interview with our Head prior to offers being made.