Copthorne Prep School has an outstanding reputation for helping children successfully gain entry into the senior school of their choice and many of these children enter with scholarships. Last year 71% of our Year 8 children received Scholarships to their next schools and 100% of children were successful at gaining a place in their first choice school.
Choosing a senior school for you child can feel like a daunting task however, we are here to support you every step of the way. The first stage for most parents is to attend one of our “Where next after Copthorne?” evenings during which the Headmaster will talk through the process of finding, choosing and then gaining entry to the school of your choice.
Our best advice is to then arrange a meeting with the Headmaster towards the end of your child’s time in Year 6 or early in Year 7. He can help you with the decision making process based upon any criteria that may have an influence on your choices, be they day or boarding, co-ed or single sex, academic ability, affordability.
Once you have a shortlist of possible schools then it is time to attend one of the regular Open Mornings that all of the schools will host. This will give you an initial feel for the school and help you decide whether it will be right for your child. The next step is to contact the school to arrange a meeting with the Head for a personal tour of the school and the opportunity to discuss a possible application more formally.
Finally it is time to apply for a place and for discussions with the senior school Registrar regarding the admissions process. Academic pre-testing in Year 7 is now quite common and a place may be offered based on the results of these tests alone. If not, pupils will normally sit Common Entrance or Common Academic Scholarship examinations in Year 8, which are marked by the senior school or a combination of English, Maths, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning papers. Dates for these exams can differ from school to school and so again it is advisable to discuss your plans with the Headmaster.
For pupils with a particular talent, be it academic, sporting, music, art or drama, the Director of Studies will contact you regarding our recommendations for a possible scholarship application. Pupils applying for scholarships are usually invited to the senior school to take part in a formal assessment process. This may include the need to prepare set pieces or compile a portfolio of work or achievements.
Our next “Where next after Copthorne?” evening is on Thursday, 22 September 2016