We recognise that choosing the right school for your daughter is an important decision. To aid you through that process, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions which you may find useful. Please feel free to contact our Admissions team with any further queries you may have on 01483 796040 or at admissions@tormeadschool.org.uk

  • What are your normal entry points for admission?

    The standard entry points are September entry into Reception (4+), Year 3 (7+), Year 7 (11+) and Sixth Form (16+). 

    We may be able to offer places at other points in the school year on an ad-hoc basis, and we are happy to assess pupils for entrance at other age groups, dependent on availability of spaces. Please contact the Admissions team for more information. 

  • What is the application process?

    The best way to find out more is to visit us. Open Mornings for both the Senior School and Prep School are held throughout the year. Visits at other times can be arranged by contacting our Admissions team. 

    The next step is to complete the on-line Registration Form (a non-refundable £125 registration fee is applicable). Applications can be made at any point before the Registration Deadlines in October, preceding entry the following September. 

    Entrance Assessments are held for all registered candidates. Ahead of any these, we will ask each pupil’s current school for a written report indicating academic progress, future potential and other talents. 

  • When are the entrance exams?

    For Reception (4+) entry, these take place in October, preceding entry the following September.  

    For entry into Years 1-6, these occur at the beginning of January, preceding entry the following September. Year 3 (7+) scholarships also take place at this time. 

     For Year 7 (11+) entry, registered pupils sit the online ISEB assessments in late November/early December, preceding entry the following September. The 11+ interviews take place early January.  

     For entrance into the Sixth Form, interviews and assessments are held in November, preceding entry the following September. 

     Please see our Admissions page for more information.  

  • How many places are there for the 11+ entrance examinations?

    There are approximately 100 places in Year 7. On average, 40% of these places go to our Prep School pupils, with the remaining places going to pupils joining from external schools.  Each year, we receive applications from pupils attending both local state schools and preparatory schools in the wider Guildford and south London area.  

    On average, the ratio of applicants to places is approximately 3 to 1.   

  • What type of school is Tormead?

    Tormead is one of the leading UK independent schools for girls. We are very proud of our school and its ethos of encouraging each individual girl to develop her talents to the full in a happy and caring school. Our vision is to provide an excellent, all-round education in a warm, stimulating and supportive environment. 

    A Tormead education is one of academic excellence, outstanding pastoral care and a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities and enrichment. We pride ourselves on nurturing flexibility of thought and resilience in our girls. Our girls enjoy inspirational and scholarly lessons, delivered by a well-qualified, talented, and caring staff – in small class settings which allow every individual to flourish to their full potential. 

    Tormead values individuality, celebrates diversity and encourages girls to be themselves, whilst emphasising equally the value of tolerance, teamwork and collective responsibility. We aim to instil a sense that they are members of a caring and outward-looking community, and we measure the value of our education, not only by the standards of examination results and university destinations, but by the happiness of our pupils, the strength of our community and the success of our old girls as they chart their course beyond Tormead’s gates. 

  • How will your daughter be assessed for Prep School entry?

    For Reception entry, your daughter will be invited for an hour-long informal assessment, which takes place in small groups within a classroom setting and aims at establishing how easily she will transition to a school environment. 

    For Years 1 – 6 entry (Key Stage 1 and 2), your daughter will visit for a school day and be assessed in English, Mathematics, and Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning. She will also have an informal interview with a teacher.   

    As part of the assessment, we will contact your daughter’s current school, nursery or play group, to request a brief confidential report about her. 

  • How are registered pupils assessed for Year 7 entry?

    For Year 7 (11+) entry, all pupils will sit the online ISEB assessments in late November/early December, for entry the following September. In addition, all pupils will be invited for an entrance interview in early January, enabling us to explore each candidate’s creativity and curiosity. There is no assessment for entry to Year 7 for Tormead Prep School pupils. 

    Prior to the assessments, we will write to your daughter’s current school for references, requesting information on her academic progress, potential and other talents. Decisions to offer a place are made following a review of the entrance examination results, the interview and references. 

  • Does my daughter need to sit the ISEB Assessment at Tormead?

    Tormead is an ISEB invigilation centre and will host an ISEB assessment day for all registered pupils. However, if your daughter’s school is also an ISEB invigilation centre, she may choose to sit the assessment there. 

    The data is processed independently by ISEB and then shared with all the senior schools using these tests to which your daughter is applying. This means that your daughter will only need to sit the ISEB assessment once.  

    It makes no difference where your daughter sits the test, as long as the results are available to us before our test window deadline. Please contact the Admissions team for more information. 

  • How are pupils assessed for ad hoc Senior School places?

    For in year applications and ad hoc places, registered candidates are invited to Tormead to sit two one-hour papers in English and Mathematics. As these papers are set by Tormead, we do not provide copies of past papers to schools or families. In addition, candidates may be invited for an interview, enabling us to explore their creativity and curiosity. 

  • Should my daughter be tutored in preparation for the entrance examinations?

    We do not encourage tutoring and it should not be necessary as our examination papers are set in line with National Curriculum expectations. We do not provide copies of past papers or any further information beyond what is provided here. 

  • Are scholarships available?

    In the Prep School, Academic Scholarships are available at Year 3 (7+) to both current Pre-Prep pupils and external applicants. 

    External 7+ candidates will be invited to sit Entrance Assessment tests in English, Mathematics and Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning, along with current pupils. Girls who display scholarship attributes will be invited for an interview with the Head of the Prep School and the Director of Studies. Interviews will last for 25 minutes and will focus on activities using Critical Thinking skills. 

    In the Senior School, Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sports Scholarships are available to girls entering Tormead at 11+ and are worth 10% of the termly school fees. Candidates may apply for an Art, Drama, Music and Sports Scholarship during their Admissions process. There are no separate Academic Scholarship papers or interviews – all candidates sitting the 11+ Entrance Assessment are automatically considered for these scholarships. 

    Details on how to apply for the 11+ Art, Drama, Music and Sports Scholarships are sent to all registered candidates shortly after the registration deadline of 31 October.  

    Further information can be found on our Scholarships and Bursaries page. 

  • Does Tormead support children with additional needs?

    We consider each pupil’s learning needs and offer appropriate support for the Entrance Assessment where a child has been assessed by an Educational or Occupational Psychologist. 

    If a special arrangement (such as extra time, a laptop, a scribe) exists for a child to sit examinations, please let us know during your application to Tormead and provide copies of any assessment or report that is available. Our Head of Learning Support will assess the requirements and confirm the support available prior to the Entrance Assessment. 

  • What is your sibling policy?

    We are always delighted when a sibling joins Tormead as it helps to add to the friendly-family ethos of the school. To support this, we offer a third daughter discount whereby two-thirds of the term’s tuition fees will be charged for the third and subsequent daughters of a family, all of whom are in attendance at one and the same time. 

    However, every girl is different and Tormead may be the right school for one child but not necessarily for another. Therefore, all girls are assessed on their own individual merits, regardless of siblings in attendance, to ensure that they will thrive at Tormead. This approach also applies to twins. 

  • If my daughter is unsuccessful in her application to Tormead, can she re-apply at a later date?

    Pupils who have been unsuccessful may re-apply for the following academic year or later. Please note, as the registration fee is valid for one academic year only, a subsequent application fee will be due. 

  • What time does the Tormead day start and finish?

    The first lesson of the day starts at 8.25am in the Senior School and at 8.30am in the Prep School.  

    Different dismissal times are in place for different year groups. Please see here for further information. 

  • What’s for lunch?

    Our lunch menu includes a main course, a vegetarian dish and a vegan dish – plus a pasta or jacket potato option. We also offer a dessert, fruit, yoghurt or jelly. 

    Lunch takes place in the Atrium for both Prep and Senior School pupils. 

  • What is your Before and After School Provision?

    We offer wrap around care for your daughter from 7.30am to 6.00pm each day.  A Breakfast Club is available before school and supervised after school care is available every day until 6.00pm.  Sixth Form students may stay in school until 6.00pm in the Sixth Form Common Room. 

    Further information can be found on our Wrap Around Care page.  

  • What extracurricular clubs and activities run?

    There are a huge number of extracurricular clubs and activities taking place before, during and after the school day. Please see our Extracurricular pages for both the Prep and Senior Schools for more information. 

  • How many pupils are there at Tormead?

    There are 788 pupils currently on roll. Tormead has capacity for up to 850 pupils.

  • What facilities are onsite at Tormead?

    From the homely warmth of the Prep School and the buzz of the Sixth Form Common Room to Olympic standard sports facilities and high-tech IT suites, there is an abundance of inspiring spaces on site. 

    Our JCS Performing Arts Centre will soon be undergoing an exciting development to create a new home for the Performing Arts at Tormead.  

    We’re fortunate to share some of the best facilities in Surrey at the Surrey Sports Park, the Spectrum and Blue Spider Climbing Centre. 

    Plans for the Urn Field sports ground – to be a ‘home ground’ for Tormead Sport – are also currently in development. This ground will bring huge benefits to the pupils of Tormead, our partners at Guildford County School and the wider community of Guildford. 

    Please see more about our facilities here 

  • What languages are taught at Tormead?

    Girls are taught German from Pre-Prep. In Year 3, French is introduced, along with Spanish and Latin in Year 5. 

    From Year 7, all pupils study two modern languages (French, German or Spanish), with three hours of teaching per fortnight until they make their GCSE options in Year 9.  In Years 7-8, all pupils study Latin for an hour a week. In Year 9, pupils study a more generic Classics course for an hour a week.  

  • What is your provision for pastoral care?

    Pastoral care is the cornerstone of our provision. We strive to ensure that each and every pupil is supported to feel fulfilled, safe and secure within our community. Our approach focuses upon strong and positive relationships between pupils and staff as well as an open partnership with parents.  

    We have a Wellbeing team on site in our purpose-built Wellbeing Centre. The team includes two school nurses, two school counsellors and pastoral support officers. Together, they provide support in response to specific needs. 

    Please see more information here.

  • How does Tormead help my daughter’s transition to school?

    All pupils joining Tormead are invited to a New Girls’ Afternoon in the June preceding entry in September, giving them a chance to meet their Form Teacher and other girls in their class. 

    A comprehensive New Joiners’ Information pack is sent to parents, including a wealth of information about the school day, wrap around care, uniform, clubs and other extra-curricular opportunities, to name but a few. 

    Parents are notified of your daughter’s House and tutor group on or before the New Girls’ Afternoon. 

  • What uniform is required?

    The school uniform requirements are outlined in the Uniform Lists. Uniform is available to purchase online via the schoolblazer portal.  

  • Does Tormead have a Parents’ Association?

    All new parents automatically become members of the Tormead Parents’ Association (TPA) when their daughter joins Tormead. To receive TPA news and access information, new parents should set up their Classlist profile, after they receive the welcome email from the TPA. 

  • What is the catchment area for Tormead?

    Guildford is easily accessible by both road and rail, and our girls travel to school from the many towns and villages throughout Surrey. The school is a short walk from London Road Station and many Senior School girls travel by train. In addition, Tormead has a dedicated coach service bringing girls of all ages from a variety of locations.  

    Further information about our coach service and routes is available here. 

  • What are the fees and is financial assistance available?

    The current schedule of fees can be found on our Fees page.  

    Each year we offer a number of means-tested Entrance Bursaries to girls joining Year 7 and Lower Sixth (Year 12). These can vary in size from 10% to 100% of the school fees. 

    For further information on deadlines and how to apply for a bursary, please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries page or email bursaries@tormeadschool.org.uk. 

  • What is not included in the fees?

    The tuition fee does not include certain books and items that become the girl’s property, examination fees, optional lessons, special coaching, educational visits or school lunches.  

  • Where do pupils go on to when they leave Tormead?

    Every year, virtually all our Upper Sixth achieve their first-choice university places. Approximately 10% of our students apply to Oxford/Cambridge, with others choosing a range of Russell Group universities, as well as specialist colleges for Art, Music Drama. Others have chosen apprenticeships, such as in engineering. 

    More information can be found here.  

  • Do you accept overseas applications?

    We are happy to accept applications from overseas students prior to their arrival in the UK and, where necessary, can arrange for their Entrance Assessments to be taken at their current school. However, Tormead is not accredited to sponsor Tier 4 visa applications for students. 

    Those wishing to apply for a place whilst still overseas should contact the Admissions team. 

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