Preparation for Senior School

The choice of senior school is hugely important and one which we take seriously. The staff at Brabyns have a wealth of experience in supporting and guiding families to choose the right senior school for their children, and in preparing them for that process.

Our whole school curriculum allows for a natural and gradual progression to 11+/independent schools’ entrance examination standards. We ensure the children are thoroughly prepared and supported for their examinations and navigate these calmly and positively. From Year 1 onwards, we use a wide range of assessment data, including measures of academic potential, to work closely with parents in deciding on the most appropriate secondary school.

As an independent school, we are mindful of, but not restricted by, the National Curriculum requirements, and our programmes of study go beyond those requirements. We ensure that children are familiar with Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, as well as Maths and English requirements.

Timeline for Secondary School Application and Examinations

Year 5

Summer Term Parent Meeting to discuss Senior School options and requirements
Summer Term Early morning classes commence, in Maths,
Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal reasoning 8.15 – 8.45am
Summer Term Children are gradually introduced to the formal exam situation,
and questions from past papers.
Summer Term Children encouraged to attend Y5 taster days at senior schools
August Applications open to local secondary schools

Year 6


Parent  meeting explaining the journey through the senior school application process.

Parents and children are encouraged to attend Senior School open days.

September – January Early morning classes, in Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal reasoning 8.15 – 8.45am
October Applications close to local secondary schools (31st October)

Parents apply for selected schools.

Standard reference forms completed by Brabyns for all Year 6 pupils.

December Mock exam takes place in the school hall, for children to experience a formal examination situation.
January / February

Independent Senior School entrance exams take place.

Children attend mock interviews with the Headteacher

Independent Senior Schools pupil interviews

March National Offer Day

Year 6 Secondary School transition days & events

Transition visits by secondary school staff to Brabyns