North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020

Entrance exam

Entrance exam and assessment

Our entrance exam for Nursery to Year 10 entry takes place at the end of January for admission the following September. Applications for a Year 7 bursary must be received by 31 October, all other applications for these year groups need to be submitted by 30 November prior to the year of entry.

There is no deadline for Year 12 applications but we advise early application to ensure we can accommodate chosen subject combinations.

To apply, please complete our online application form. There is a non-refundable application fee of £75.

How is my child assessed?

Due to COVID restrictions we will be conducting our entrance assessments virtually wherever possible. Please see below an overview of our adapted processes for this year.  

Nursery and Reception

Whilst we will endeavour to conduct our early years entrance assessments virtually it may be that, in some cases, we need to invite the younger children into school in order to assess them within a classroom environment. The assessments for these age groups are quite informal as the children are still very young. We will contact your child’s current setting (if currently at a school or nursery) for a confidential reference.

Years 1 – 6

Candidates looking to join these year groups will have a remote academically-led interview conducted by a member of our Primary team. You will be asked to provide a copy of your child’s most recent school report along with a sample piece of their creative writing. Additionally, we will contact your child’s current school for a confidential reference.  

Year 7 (11+)

Year 7 is our most popular entry point and we normally receive over 200 applications each year, these consist of both fee-paying and bursary applications. Candidates applying for a fee-paying place will have a remote academically-led interview conducted by a member of our staff. You will be asked to provide a copy of your child’s most recent school report and we will contact their current school for a confidential reference and a sample piece of their creative writing.

Bursary candidates
All candidates who complete a bursary application form will be invited into school to complete our bursary exam over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November. Due to the number of candidates taking the test, and COVID restrictions, we will be running the bursary test four times over the course of the weekend. The top ranking candidates within this exam will be invited to continue with their bursary applications and attend the interview stage.

Years 8-10

Candidates looking to join these year groups will have a number of remote academically-led interviews in modern foreign languages and Science, as well as an interview with the respective Head of Year. Candidates applying to join Year 10 will also have remote academically-led interviews in Maths and English. We will contact your child’s current school for a confidential reference and you will be asked to provide a copy of their most recent school report. In some cases we may also ask candidates to sit remote entrance assessments, e.g. candidates who are applying from overseas.

Year 12 (Sixth Form)

Year 12 is our second largest intake and candidates looking to join our sixth form will have a number of remote academically-led interviews conducted by our sixth form team. We will contact their current school for a confidential reference and you will be asked to provide a copy of their most recent school report.

For further information please see our admissions policy.

 

 

Or, if you prefer to chat with someone please call our admissions team on 0113 229 1552