Junior School Admissions
New purpose-built Junior School opened in September 2015
We are immensely excited by the host of wonderful opportunities our new Junior building and ‘Hub’ have added to our already thriving Junior School. We pride ourselves in offering a lively, creative environment, well structured but warm and friendly, in which Withington girls flourish and grow into balanced, happy, confident young pupils. Mrs Kathryn Burrows, Head of Juniors
Entry Points to Withington Junior School
Places in the Junior School become available each year as follows:
Year 3 (Transition) One Form (up to 20 girls are admitted each year)
Year 4 (Form I) One Form (up to 5 girls may join pupils progressing from Year 3)
Year 5 (Lower II) Two Forms (up to 24 girls may join pupils progressing from Year 4)
Year 6 (Upper II) Two Forms (up to 7 girls may join pupils progressing from Year 5)
Further places do sometimes become available during the year, so please do enquire with the Registrar, Mrs Louise Jefferies [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] or 0161 224 1077.
Junior School Admissions
Entry for the Junior School is by an Entrance Assessment taken in January, ready for admission in the following September. Up to twenty places are available for Transition (Year 3) and also for Lower II (Year 5). Additionally, a small number of places may be available for Form I (Year 4) and Upper II (Year 6).
We ask parents to inform the Junior School of any disability or special educational need which might affect their daughter’s ability to participate in the admissions procedure. The Head of the Juniors will consult with parents about the adjustments which can reasonably be made to ensure that the application procedure is accessible for their daughter and that the Junior School can cater adequately for her, should an offer of a place be made.
Why our Junior girls love Withington
The following information aims to guide you through every stage of the admission process to the Junior School.
Before the Assessment
- Complete an Application Form and return it to the School Office. Please take care to enter the correct date of birth.
- Examples of the type of questions on the papers for entry at 7+, 8+, 9+ and 10+ are available from school.
- Please do not practise a specific story; it will not help as the story must be written on the given titles and a prepared essay is most unhelpful to your daughter and to us if we are to understand her potential.
- Please be aware that we are looking for girls who will enjoy their education here and will thrive in the Withington environment. It may not be right for every girl.
On Assessment Day
- The Entrance Assessment for the Junior School takes place on a Saturday in January of each year.
- The girls will be welcomed by current pupils from Upper II (Year 6). They will be taken to individual classrooms where teachers of the relevant year will be there to talk to them and make them feel at home. Activities will be available to the girls before the start of the assessment.
- Drinks and snacks are provided in the classroom during the break and the girls will be taken to the toilets by our Upper II helpers.
- The assessments are as informal as possible and girls may ask questions, although they cannot get help with the answers! We want everyone to feel comfortable and we try to make the atmosphere relaxed. There may also be some group/pair-based activities for the 7+ candidates, if time allows, to help us get to know your daughters a little better.
- A short reading and comprehension test.
- 1 hour English – comprehension, language skills and story.
- 1 hour Maths – basic numeracy and problem solving.
- Please be available to collect your daughter promptly at the time specified on the assessment day. Parking is available in various side roads near the School.
After the Assessment
- There are no formal interviews for Junior girls; we talk to them and observe them on the assessment day.
- Parents will be contacted within two weeks of the assessment. A reference will be needed from your daughter’s current school before a formal offer can be made.
Work Expected for the Assessment
The whole aim of the assessment is to test the girls’ ability to think for themselves. It is not necessary, or even helpful, for them to be heavily tutored, as this will not help us to discover their true potential. The work listed below is what each girl should be capable of at the time of the Entrance Assessment.
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