Can I come to see the School?

Yes, of course!  We have our main open day on the 28th September this year with an additional  4+ and 7+ morning and  a separate 11+ morning.  We believe that it is really important for families to spend time getting a feel for Chigwell, seeing the facilities and talking to teachers and pupils.  You are also very welcome to make an appointment to visit the School on a working day.  Please contact Mrs Janet Long, Admissions Registrar, to make an appointment.  We want to get to know you and you will want to get to know us.

What does ‘register’ mean?

It means you have completed and returned the Registration Form with all your relevant details and paid the non-refundable £75 registration fee.

When should I register?

Most 7+ and 11+ parents register their child before the end of October in order that they receive details of the exam day, together with specimen English and Maths papers, at that time.   Please see the various admission deadlines on the previous pages here.

How does the admissions process work?

  • All 4+ candidates attend an assessment session in the Pre Prep where they will take part in a range of activities centred on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  Briefly, these activities comprise of number and literacy games, physical games, playing with other children, listening and responding to a story and joining in with singing or rhymes.
  • 7+ candidates will be invited for an interview and classroom assessment in the November before their  entrance exam in January.   A confidential report form will be sent to all parents which they should pass to their child’s current school.
  • 11+ candidates are interviewed in either October or November, before their entrance exam the following January.  Parents are sent a confidential report form will they are asked to pass on to their child’s current school.
  • Sixth Form applicants sit an exam in two of the four subjects that they plan to take at A level.  They are interviewed, their school is approached for a reference and the offer is conditional on GCSE results.

We aim to get to know all those who apply to us through the admissions process.   The decision as to whether to offer a place is based on the entrance test, the interview and the report from the current school.

What exam papers will my child sit?

  • At 7+ candidates sit English, maths and non-verbal reasoning papers.
  • At 11+ candidates sit English and maths papers.
  • At 16+ candidates sit two papers from their chosen four A level subjects.

Do you have scholarships and bursaries?

Scholarships and bursaries are offered at 11+ and above.  Scholarship are awarded on academic merit i.e. performance in the exam, interview and school report.  11+ scholarship candidates are  invited to spend an afternoon participating in activities in the arts, science and IT, together with three short interviews all of which are designed to assess potential.  Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need, together with the performance of the candidate in the entrance assessments.  Please contact the Admissions Registrar for further details.

Do you have any special needs support?

We have a dedicated Head of Learning Support, who is happy to see prospective parents before the examination date to discuss individual requirements.  Please supply a copy of the latest Educational Psychologist Report, at the time of registration, so that we can consider your child for extra time in the examination.

What is your policy on bullying?

Bullying is not tolerated in any form.  We have an Anti-Bullying Policy which can be found on the website.  Any allegation of bullying is taken very seriously.

What are your class sizes?

We aim to keep class sizes small so that we can provide pupils with the attention that they need in order to thrive.  In 2018/19, the 55  children in Year 3 are split between three classes.  The 85 children in Year 7 children are in four classes.  As pupils progress through the School, classes are often smaller, particularly when subjects are set or when there is a choice of subjects.  Sixth form class sizes vary but the average class is about 12 students.

Linking birthday to year of entry

This table will help you decide which of our year groups is the correct one for your child.
1.       Start by deciding which academic year you would like your child to enter by looking at the yellow boxes.
2.       Read across until you find the period (1st September to 31st August) that includes your child’s birthday.
3.       Read up the table to find the year group that is appropriate.  The main entry ages of 7+, 11+and 16+ are highlighted.
Entry in: Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
4+     7+ 11+ 16+
2018 – 19 Sept 13 – Aug 14 Sept 12 –Aug 13 Sept 11 –Aug 12 Sept 10 –Aug 11 Sept 09 –Aug 10 Sept 08 – Aug 09 Sept 07 –Aug 08 Sept 06 –Aug 07 Sept 05 –Aug 06 Sept 04 –Aug 05 Sept 03 –Aug 04 Sept 02 –Aug 03 Sept 01–Aug 02 Sep 00–Aug 01
2019 – 20 Sep 14 –Aug 15 Sep 13 –Aug 14 Sep 12 –Aug 13 Sep 11–Aug 12 Sep 10–Aug 11 Sep 09–Aug 10 Sep 08–Aug 09 Sep 07–Aug 08 Sep 06–Aug 07 Sep 05–Aug 06 Sep 04–Aug 05 Sep 03–Aug 04 Sep 02–Aug 03 Sep 01–Aug 02

Who can I speak to if I have further questions?

Please contact Mrs Long, Admissions Registrar, in the first instance.  She will do her very best to answer any questions you have or she will put you in touch with someone else who will be able to help.

Mrs Janet Long

Please feel free to contact me
by email: [email protected]
or by telephone: 020 8501 5702