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We have compiled a list of questions that parents are most likely to ask us in the early stages of the application process – we hope you find it useful.

Should you have any other questions, please make an enquiry below.

Q. Are your schools co-educational? 
Across our schools, we offer an educational pathway for boys and girls aged 3 through to 18. We are fully co-educational at our Pre-Prep sites in Cambridge and Madingley, at Dame Bradbury’s School and at our 6th Form College. In our Junior School and Senior School, we operate a Diamond Model between the ages of 9 and 16, which combines the social benefits of a co-educational setting with the academic strengths of single-sex learning - the best of both worlds.
Q. Can I visit the schools? 
Yes, we'd love to meet you! You can come to one of our Open Events, alternatively you can book a personal visit.
Q. What is it like when I visit the school? 
We recommend that, for your first visit, you attend an Open Event and listen to school leaders talk about our values and approach to education. You are then very welcome to book a personal visit and take a tour of any of our school sites on a normal school day. You will be guided by a senior member of staff who will be on hand to answer any queries you may have, from our curriculum to our lunch menu! Contact us to book a tour or find out more.
Q. What is the Pre-Prep assessment process? 
For younger children the assessments are very informal. Our purpose is to identify bright, enquiring minds and we are looking for a child's natural potential. Generally the process is more about identifying your child's approach to learning rather than what he/she has been taught in school already. The interviews which last about 10 minutes are informal and we have a very relaxed atmosphere. At the pre-prep our Headteacher will take you round and give your child a chance to join in. She will assess how well he/she gets on with the children and then she will chat and play with your child for a short while.
Q. What is the Junior School assessment process? 
For younger children the assessments are very informal. Our purpose is to identify bright, enquiring minds and we are looking for a child's natural potential. Generally the process is more about identifying your child's approach to learning rather than what he/she has been taught in school already. The interviews which last about 10 minutes are informal and we have a very relaxed atmosphere. At the Junior School we will take you round and give your child a chance to join in. We will assess how well he/she gets on with the children and then she will chat and play with your child for a short while. There are short assessments in English, Maths and non-verbal reasoning as well as the interview. With your consent, we also contact the current school to obtain a reference, at all levels of the Foundation, except for those children starting with us at 3.
Q. What is the Dame Bradbury's assessment process? 
At Dame Bradbury’s we will invite you in to see the school and your child to spend some time with us so we can get to know them and their interests. Dame Bradbury’s is selective school.
Q. What is the Senior School assessment process? 
Our entry process includes a cognitive ability test as well as short interview with a senior member of staff. Your child will take part in a group activity and then go on to a general interview where we can find out about their likes and dislikes and answer any questions about the school. We will also ask for a reference from the headteacher of your child's current school to find out more about them. We will also contact your current school to obtain a reference.
Q. What is the 6th Form assessment process? 
Everyone has a general interview that will include a critical thinking exercise where you will be asked to read a piece and to examine the logic, consistency and persuasiveness of the arguments on either side of a debate. Depending on which subjects you want to take, you may need to take an aptitude test in the subject and have a follow-up discussion with the head of department. An offer of a place will be conditional on achieving the required results at GCSE or equivalent. We tailor our offers to individual applicants but, as a guide, we would require a minimum of 50 points for the eight best (I)GCSE results. Points will be calculated from the new 9 - 1 grading system or using the conversion table below. We require at least 7 points in any subject that they intend to study in the Sixth Form where that subject is already being studied at (I)GCSE. For Higher Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics we require at least 8 points (A* on the old system). If a student wishes to study Further Maths or Modern Languages at A Level or Higher Level Maths or Modern Languages in the International Baccalaurate Diploma, they will be asked to sit an aptitude test in the subject followed by a discussion with the head of department. With your consent, we also contact your current school to obtain a reference. Grade A* - 8.5 Points A - 7 Points B - 5.5 Points C - 4 Points D - 3 Points E - 2 Points
Q. How do I register my child for a place? 
The first stage of the admissions process is to complete a Registration Form. You are always welcome to contact us for further information.
Q. Can I apply at any time of year? 
Yes, with the exception of the 6th Form College. Entrance testing for our Junior and Senior Schools usually takes place in the January before the September start (eg January 2019 for September 2019 entry). However, we understand that families are often looking for places at a new school at other times of the year, such as when relocating for a new job, so we are flexible wherever possible. We can often make arrangements for the assessments at a time to suit you - please contact us to discuss.
Q. Can my child do the assessments while we are still abroad? 
While it is obviously better to do the tests and interviews in person, if at all possible, if you have to remain overseas, we can accommodate your child sitting the entrance exams in your home country. If your current school is a registered international school we are happy for the exams to take place there; otherwise we ask that you arrange for him/her to sit the papers at the British Council . This is to ensure that the integrity of our tests is preserved and ensures fairness across the board as this will emulate the testing environment here at the Foundation. We will do our utmost to accommodate your travel timetables when booking your child’s assessment.
Q. Will you need to contact my child’s current school, as part of the admissions process? 
We do require a satisfactory reference from your child’s current school. Our Registration Form includes an area for you to give your consent for us to contact the school: we never do so without your prior permission. If you do not want us to contact your child’s current school before a place is offered, we can comply with that, but the place will be conditional on receipt of a satisfactory reference.
Q. Do both parents have to sign the forms? 
We require a signature from both parents/guardians who hold parental responsibility, except in exceptional circumstances.
Q. Will my child automatically get a place in the next school up? 
There is an assessment that takes place between the Pre-Prep and Junior School/Prep, however it is very informal and happens during the school day and is more of an opportunity for staff to get to know the child in preparation for their move up to Year 3. Currently transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is automatic, subject to satisfactory academic progress. If there are any concerns then we would arrange a series of consultations with the parents, well in advance of either transition. Transition from the Senior School to the 6th Form is conditional on GCSE results; students are given conditional offers at this stage and the basic threshold is at least 50 points at GCSE.
Q. My child needs additional learning support, is this something you can accommodate? 
Yes; each of our schools benefits from the guidance of a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and if your child requires support we will work with you to ensure that his/her needs are met. In the event that our specialist teachers do not have the expertise necessary to plan for your child’s continued progress we would consult with an external specialist teacher with your agreement.
Q. Do you provide transport? 
We run a morning minibus from the Park and Ride sites at Babraham, Madingley and Trumpington as well as a minibus from Cambourne. We also have a mini-bus for Pre-Prep children attending Madingley. They can be dropped off at the Junior School at the same time as Junior School children to take the minibus to Madingley. The bus leaves the school at 8:15am and returns at the end of the school day arriving back at the Junior School at 3:30pm.
Q. Where are the schools? 
We have schools in and around Cambridge, and in Saffron Walden. See our contact pages for maps of each school's location.
Q. Do you provide transport? 
We run a shuttle minibus from Audley End Rail Station to the School for children from Year 1 upwards, which leaves the Audley End station bus stop daily at 07.45. There is also a minibus from Babraham and Trumpington Park and Ride for children from Kindergarten upwards, which leaves at 07.50 and returns from Dame Bradbury’s at 16.30. For further information regarding charges and booking please contact the Dame B's school office.
Q. Is boarding available at your schools? 
Yes, for sixth form students only. Boarding places will be available from September 2019. Please contact us for more information at this stage.

"Cultural diversity helps to make the school a rich and fulfilling environment for its pupils."

Isi Report 2014