Admissions

Tormead is an independent, selective day school for girls with over 700 pupils between the ages of 4 and 18. To register your daughter, please complete a Registration Form.

The main points of entry are at the ages of 4 (Reception), 7 (Year 3), 11 (Year 7) and 16 (Sixth Form). Places occasionally become available in other year groups and we are pleased to consider applications at any stage. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Melanie Hobdey, for more information: registrar@tormeadschool.org.uk or 01483 796040.

We aim to offer places to sisters of current pupils wherever possible, but we are looking above all for potential and for pupils who will thrive and be happy in Tormead’s stimulating environment. As an academically selective school, an offer of a place is based on the results of the tests and/or interviews as detailed below, along with a reference from the pupil’s current school if applicable.

Reception (4+)

Assessments for Reception take place in November. Girls are welcomed into our Reception classroom and invited to undertake a few simple tasks, enabling our staff to observe how they interact with others and respond in a classroom setting. This assessment usually takes an hour.

Year 3 (7+)

The Year 3 entrance assessments take place in early January when girls are invited into Tormead for a whole day.

During the morning girls undertake a series of short tests in Mathematics, English and Reasoning. Each of these tests may have several parts enabling us to assess a range of different skills. For example, the English tests may include story writing, reading and spelling. After lunch, girls are invited to join our Year 2 Class, giving them the opportunity to meet our current pupils, take part in lessons and to get a feel for the every-day life of the school.

Year 7 (11+)

Candidates sit entrance examinations comprising English, Mathematics and Reasoning papers. Candidates are not interviewed but references and/or reports are obtained from each pupil’s current school. Additionally, candidates who have been short-listed for our Art, Music or Sports Scholarships may be invited back for short interviews, practical assessments, auditions, or sporting trials as appropriate.

Please refer to the Scholarship and Bursaries section for information about our 11+ Scholarships and Entrance Bursaries.

English

The English Examination is 1 hour long. The examination is divided into two sections; the first section is designed to test the candidate’s ability to understand and respond to the content and language of an unseen piece of writing, and the second section is a piece of free writing.

Mathematics

The Mathematics Examination is 1 hour long and is based on the National Curriculum. We expect the girls to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, simple fractions and decimals. It is important that they are proficient in mental maths skills in order to work quickly and correctly. We are looking for girls with the ability to reason and to apply these basic skills to solve problems involving, among other things, the use of charts, diagrams and tables. Girls are not allowed to use calculators in the examination.

Reasoning

Candidates sit a 45 minute Reasoning paper which may include both verbal and/or non-verbal reasoning questions.

All current Year 6 pupils are automatically entered for our 11+ Entrance Examination. Tormead Junior School pupils usually transfer to the Senior School, unless there are concerns about progress. In such cases, discussions will have taken place with parents, prior to the start of Year 6, enabling them to make alternative arrangements for their daughter’s secondary education.

Sixth Form (16+)

Conditional offers for a Sixth Form place are based upon a series of interviews with the candidate and a report from her current school, in the year preceding entry. Entrants are expected to have achieved a minimum of eight GCSE passes with at least seven at grade 7 or above. We also expect girls to have obtained a grade 7 or above in those subjects they wish to study in Sixth Form. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Melanie Hobdey, for more information: registrar@tormeadschool.org.uk

Please refer to the Scholarship and Bursaries section for information about our Sixth Form Scholarships and 16+ Entrance Bursaries.

Reports from Current Schools

As part of the admissions process, we contact your daughter’s current school to request a brief confidential report about her academic and other achievements. A similar request is made to Nurseries and Play Groups for children joining our Reception Class.

If your daughter has been assessed by an Educational Psychologist, please attach the report to the Registration Form.

Joining Tormead

We try to ensure that girls will settle into life at Tormead quickly. Girls entering both the Junior School and Year 7 are invited to a New Girls’ Afternoon in June, giving them a chance to meet their Form Tutor and the other girls in their form. During this afternoon, the Year 7 girls will also meet their Aunt, a member of the current Year 8, who will be able to answer their questions about Tormead. The Head of Year 7, Mrs Louise Whitaker, and the Form Tutors, will also do everything they can to ensure the girls settle easily into the Senior School.