Admission is by assessment, however the process has been designed to be as informative, friendly and personal as possible and to reduce the stress of assessment for both parents and children. Whilst assessing the children is essential, we are also aware that anxious children are unlikely to be able to perform to their best ability.
We aim to ensure that all of the children are happy and relaxed throughout the assessment and start each assessment by speaking to the children about their likes and interests and getting to know them as individuals. Although this takes time, especially when assessing a large number of children throughout the year, we feel it is essential to welcome each child in this way and treat them as individuals. Building a relationship with the child and parents starts the moment they enter our school for assessment.
We also do not wish the admissions process to be stressful for parents so conduct our assessments all year round with no cut off dates for submitting application forms or set dates for assessments to take place.
Children being assessed for an immediate start will be invited to a ‘taster session’ at the RGS. Children will join a class for a morning session from 7.30am – 9.05am and participate in classroom activities. Observations and assessments will be conducted by an experienced teacher, alongside Mr. Downs, Head of School.
Assessments for children starting in September 2018 will take place individually or in small groups. These assessments will be conducted, wherever possible by Mr. Downs, Head of School. Early Years assessments will usually be 20 – 30 minutes in length and 45 minutes in length for Key Stage 1 and 2. Senior School pupils should allow approximately 2 hours. Times are approximate as we understand that while some children take time to warm-up, however most children quickly settle into the environment and enjoy a positive experience. The activities are designed to be short, appealing and age appropriate. The children are encouraged to do their best and are praised for effort.
A detailed ‘Assessment Guide’ outlining the purpose and format of the assessments is available to download. Please see attachment below.