Q When can we visit the school?
We suggest your first visit should be as part of a group visit on a Tuesday or Friday morning. You can also visit as a family. Please contact Sarah Spencer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01258 484633) to arrange a suitable day and time, or complete our enquiry form.
Q Do you pre-test children?
In order to be able to offer more certainty at an earlier stage in the process, we will be introducing a more formal academic assessment in the form of the ISEB pre-test in the autumn term of 2017 for all pupils applying for a place for September 2019. Pupils in future years will be asked to sit the ISEB pre-test in year 7.
We do understand that children develop at different rates and may make significant progress during year 7 and 8. Therefore, the results of the ISEB pre-test will not be the only factor in our decision to offer a place and we place a great deal of store on the reference from your child’s school to get the holistic picture. It is very important to us that we do not lose some of the very talented late developers that make Bryanston the exciting and diverse educational environment in which a wide range of children thrive.
Children applying for a place for September 2017 or 2018 do not need to sit the ISEB pre-test. We will liaise directly with a pupil's current school head to ensure that Bryanston is the right school for them. If a child is likely to be borderline at Common Entrance or our own entrance exams (for those not prepared for Common Entrance), we can offer a pre-assessment with our Learning Support Department in the autumn term of year 8.
Q What is the ISEB pre-test?
The ISEB pre-test is taken online, usually in the child's current school, and consists of multiple-choice tests in mathematics, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. If you have registered your child for entry to Bryanston for September 2019 and beyond, we will register them for the pre-test.
If you have registered your child at another school using the ISEB pre-test, your child will only need to take the test once, unless the other school requires your child to sit the test in year 6.
No special preparation is needed for the ISEB pre-test and we would strongly recommend you avoid any additional tutoring for your child.
You can find further information here.
Q When should we register?
We recommend registering your child on the main entry list two to three years before arrival. We also operate a Head's Reserve List once the main entry list reaches a certain level. Children on both lists are invited to a number of events at the school.
Q Is there a waiting list?
Main Entry Lists are open for 2018 onwards. Please do make contact with the admissions department to talk through making a registration.
Q Is there an entrance exam?
Pupils applying for a place for September 2019 and beyond are asked to sit the ISEB pre-test (see ‘Do you pre-test children?’). All children prepared for Common Entrance are expected to sit the papers and need to achieve a minimum of 50% in all their subjects in the summer term before entry. Children not prepared for Common Entrance are expected to sit our own entrance tests in English, maths, science and a modern foreign language in the February of the year of entry. The results from these exams provide information for setting.
Q Are there past papers?
We do not offer past papers for our own entrance exam. However, assessment of the candidate's knowledge will be based on the Key Stage 3 English National Curriculum. Further details about the curriculum and exam preparation and revision guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4 and https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv.
Q Will my son or daughter be interviewed?
We meet all children before arrival for a conversation about their academic interests, sports, hobbies and other activities. These interviews help us get to know the children and assist with the allocation of their tutor.
Q How many children are admitted?
There are around 80 places for boys and around 55 places for girls in the D year (year 9).
Q How many houses are there?
The are five girls’ houses, five senior boys’ houses and two junior boys’ houses. The boys spend their first year in a junior house with boys of the same age and are promoted to their senior house in friendship groups at the end of the first year
Q Do you offer scholarships and bursaries?
Q How do we apply from overseas?
Please contact the Admissions Department for information about registering your child.