Preparing for Senior School and Beyond

Preparing for Senior School & Beyond

We live in an ever-changing world, one that is forward thinking and constantly challenging the way we think and our ability to adapt. This is something that Hoe Bridge fully embraces and approaches by enabling and fostering a passion for lifelong learning, whilst embracing and valuing individuality within the school community and wider society. Through the 11+ curriculum we prepare each individual in the best possible way for the process of assessment that ultimately secures their place at senior school. We do this through a broad, challenging and diverse curriculum, taught by inspiring teachers and within a structure that is constantly supporting the children in reaching their full potential.

Initial Private Meeting With Mr Webster

WHEN?

Summer term of Year 5

DISCUSSION POINTS

  • Parents initial thoughts on choice of senior school
  • Your child’s current academic performance based on pre 11+ testing in Year 5
  • Mr Webster’s suggested senior schools to review
  • Preparing CV’s

Research Senior Schools

WHEN?

Year 5

HOW?

  • The Where To Next Fair every September at Hoe Bridge School - over 20 Senior Schools visit
  • School websites
  • Open days

WHAT TO CONSIDER

  • Day or Boarding
  • Co-ed or single sex
  • Location/Bus Routes
  • Family connections
  • Fees
  • Facilities
  • School Ethos
  • Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Follow Up Private Meeting with Mr Webster

WHEN?

Autumn Term of Year 6

DISCUSSION POINTS

  • Parental/Child preferences after last meeting and research
  • An update on your child’s academic performance
  • Deciding on senior schools to register with

Register with Senior Schools

WHEN?

Check each school’s closing date for registration usually Autumn Term of Year 6

HOW MANY?

Recommend two to three schools, ideally a combination of aspirational, realistic and a back-up.

Test Preparation

  • 11+/ISEB Assessment focus including English, Maths, Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Practise Papers
  • Mock Exams
  • Interview Practise

Selection Process via 11+ and ISEB Assessments

WHAT?

Most schools set their own 11+ tests so the format can vary. Generally, Maths, English, Verbal and Non- Verbal reasoning tests. Pupils may also be interviewed.

ISEB Assessments for schools such as Charterhouse, Eton, Harrow, Wellington College and Westminster.

WHEN?

Typically tests are done in the January of Year 6 apart from ISEB Assessments in November of Year 6.

Results

You will receive a letter from the senior school with the result, usually by February half term in Year 6.

Mr Webster will then follow up with families on their offers and supporting them on making final decisions.

Common Entrance & Scholarships

Hoe Bridge has had an outstanding record for over 30 years in preparing students for scholarships and Common Entrance exams. In addition, the two-year programme through Year 7 & 8 allows them to study subjects beyond the Common Entrance syllabus with leadership and STEAM programmes.

 

Life at the Top of Hoe Bridge

Year 7 & 8

Proudly wearing their senior ties our Year 7 and 8 children take on leadership roles such as Head of School and Senior Prefects. Whilst continuing with many subjects which will be examined at Common Entrance the curriculum is extended through Bushcraft, STEAM projects, residential trips and leadership and team building courses. Helping to develop collaboration, logical thinking, critical thinking and public speaking skills ensuring our children are ready for senior school and beyond.

 

Common Entrance Results
 A* to B A* to B
2020 85% 2016 73%
2019 79% 2015 83%
2018 89% 2014 83%
2017 84%

 


 

Senior School Results 2020

We are thrilled with the wide range of offers given to Hoe Bridge children this year. This continues a 30 year tradition of preparing students successfully for entry into their first choice of senior school.

Year 8
Destination Schools
Royal Grammar School 4
St George's 4
Hampton 2
Charterhouse 1
Halliford 1
King's Canterbury 1
Kew House 1
Reed's 1
Seaford College 1
TASIS 1


 
Year 6OfferedAccepted
St George's 19 9
Hampton 10 6
Reed's 11 5
Royal Grammar School 12 5
St John's 8 5
Gordons 3 3
Halliford 4 3
St Catherine's 7 3
Kings Edwards 2 2
Charterhouse 1 1
Cranmore 1 1
Guildford High 1 1
Tormead 8 1
Lord Wandsworth 3 1
Manor House 1 1
Prior's Field 5 1
Seaford 2 1
Wellington 1 1
Sir William Perkin's 2 1
Pangbourne College 1 1
Cranleigh 2 0
St Paul's 1 0
St Teresa's 5 0
Total 110 52

 


 

Senior School Scholarships

Senior school scholarships have been awarded to Hoe Bridge children for over 30 years. The broad range of scholarships given is a testament to the strength of our department across the school.

 
 AcademicAll rounderArtDramaDesign & TechnologySportMusicHeadmaster’s ExhibitionTotal Scholarships
2020 9   1 1   8 2   21
2019 5   5     7 5   22
2018 9         4 2   15
2017 9 2     2 3 3   19
2016 12 1       7 2 1 23
2015 6       1 6 1   14
2014 6 1       3 2   12
2013 3 3       1 3 2 12

 

Destination Schools

Hoe Bridge children go on to succeed at a wide range of day and boarding senior schools. The below table allows you to see the most popular schools in recent years by the number of acceptances.

 Year 6 & 820202019201820172016201520142013TOTAL
1 Royal Grammar School 9 3 6 7 12 10 8 9 64
2 St George’s 13 13 9 5 5 2 3 2 52
3 Reed’s 5 10 4 6 6 5 5 7 48
4 St Catherine’s 3 2 5 3 6 1 5 2 27
5 Guildford High 1 2 3 3 1 2 9 4 25
6 St John’s 5 5 5 2 2 2 3 1 25
7 Hampton 8 2 0 6 0 1 5 1 23
8 Halliford 4 4 4 0 3 1 0 1 17
9 Sir William Perkin’s 0 1 1 3 1 5 2 1 14
10 St Teresa’s 0 2 0 2 3 5 0 0 12
11 King Edward’s 2 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 12
12 Prior’s Field 1 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 11

 

Last Places Available

Nursery & Reception 2021

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