Prep School Entry
Main Entry Points
10+ Year 6 Form 2
11+ Year 7 Lower Third
Mrs Fiona Brett, Admissions Officer
Tel: 01279 838607
Step 1 - Initial Enquiry and Visiting
You will, of course, want to visit Bishop’s Stortford College as you consider whether we are the right school for your child or children. Depending on your own preference and the time of year, you can arrange an individual appointment by contacting the Admissions Officer and/or attend one of our Open Mornings usually held in the Autumn term.
Step 2 - Application (deadline 30th November for 2018 entry)
Once you have visited the College and decided that you would like to apply for a place you will need to complete the Application Form, which is included in the prospectus pack or can be downloaded below.
The Application Form ideally needs to be submitted by the end of the November prior to entry.
For details about the procedure and timing for applying for a Scholarship Award, please click here to access the relevant scholarship information leaflet.
The deadline to apply for a Financial Assistance Award is the same as for applying for a place. However, the two forms do not need to be submitted at the same time.
The College Application Form can be submitted in advance of the necessary financial information being collated in order to submit the financial assistance application.
Step 3 - Assessment
i) ENTRY TESTS - January prior to entry in English, Mathematics, Reading and, from 8+, verbal reasoning.
Applicants are, of course, considered after January if places are available.
7+Thursday 11th January (plus morning in Prep School on Saturday 13th January)
8+ Wednesday 17th January
9+ Wednesday 17th January
10+ Tuesday 16th January
11+ Monday 15th January
ii) SCHOOL REPORT/REFERENCE from your son or daughter’s current school.
A note on assessment criteria
Academic level: we admit children with a fairly wide range of ability, as is evidenced by the provision of four or five streamed forms in each of our last three years, but we do look for a reading age on entry of at least a year ahead of chronological age as a guide that the child will cope successfully with the academic courses of the College.
Special aptitudes: Sport, Music and Art are very strong at Bishop’s Stortford College. A special aptitude in any of these areas will be taken into consideration.
Step 4 - Offer of a place (by Friday 9th February 2018)
Places will normally be offered for Prep School entry by mid-February prior to entry.
Step 5 - Acceptance of a place (by Monday 5th March 2018)
An Acceptance Form, which accompanies the offer letter, is then completed and returned to us, together with the Acceptance Fee by early March.