FAQ

We recognise that choosing the right school for your daughter is an important decision. To aid you through that process, here are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the admissions process.  As always, please feel free to contact our Admissions team with any further queries you may have on admissions@tormeadschool.org.uk.

 

General Admissions FAQ

At what ages do you accept pupils?

The standard points of entry to Tormead are Reception (4+), Year 3 (7+), Year 7 (11+) and Sixth Form (16+). Occasional places may exist for other ages, in other year groups. However, as places are limited, entry at these non-standard points can be highly competitive. For families relocating into the area, we may be able to offer places at other points in the year on an ad-hoc basis. To register your interest in an occasional place, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Melanie Hobdey, registrar@tormeadschool.org.uk.

When are the entrance assessments?

For entrance to Reception class, Entrance Assessments are held each November for entry the following September. For all other year groups, Entrance Assessments are held in January for entry the following September.

Additionally, should occasional places exist in other year groups, we hold Entrance Assessments for girls looking to join at non-standard entry points in the Junior School (Years 1-6) or the Senior School (Years 8-10) the following September.

Sixth Form entrance is based upon a combination of interviews and references taken up in November and the subsequent IGCSE/GCSE examination results.

What is the application process?

The first step is to visit Tormead on one of our Open Mornings, where you will meet our Head, Mr David Boyd, tour our school (either in person or virtually), chat to staff and pupils and ask any questions you may have.

To begin the application process, complete and return the Registration Form to the Registrar, Mrs Melanie Hobdey, along with the non-refundable £100 registration fee. A Registration Form is available here. Applications can be made at any point: we do not take the date of registration into consideration when making offers. The Registration Deadline for entry the following September is 31 October.

Entrance to Tormead is by academic selection and all registered candidates are invited to attend our Entrance Assessments in November (Reception and Sixth Form) or January (Years 1 – 10). An examination pack with all the details of these assessments is sent to registered families in mid-October. Ahead of any entrance examination, we will ask each candidate’s current school for a written report indicating academic progress, future potential and other talents.

We aim to notify all candidates of the outcome of their assessment within two weeks, regardless of the outcome. Where girls have met the academic entrance criteria, but insufficient places are available, we may place their name on our Waiting List in the first instance.

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 within an approximate 18-mile radius. 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 Camberley, Cobham, Esher, Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere, Walton, Weybridge, Woking and the surrounding villages. Further information about our coach service and routes is available on our School Coach Service page.

How many places are there for the 11+ Entrance Examinations and which schools do girls come from?

There is a maximum of 92 places in Year 7. Each year, the ratio of applicants to places is approximately 3 to 1. However, many girls apply to multiple schools. Over half of the 11+ places offered go to girls joining from external schools, with the remainder going to pupils from our Junior School, who transition to the Senior School under the same admissions process as the external candidates.

Approximately half of external candidate offers go to girls attending local state schools, reflecting our desire to identify girls who have the academic potential to succeed and flourish at Tormead over the coming years.

How are girls assessed for Junior School entry?

Assessments for Reception take place in November. Girls are welcomed into our Reception classroom and invited to undertake a series of simple tasks enabling our staff to observe how they interact with others and respond in a classroom setting.

Candidates for entry into Years 1-6 are invited into the Junior School for their entrance assessments in January. They normally attend for the whole day, undertaking a series of short tests in Mathematics, English and Reasoning during the morning. Breaks and lunch times are taken along with the girls in their year group. During the afternoon, girls take part in lessons with their peers,  giving them the opportunity to meet our current pupils and get a feel for every-day life at Tormead.

How are girls assessed for Year 7 entry?

Each January, registered candidates are invited to Tormead to sit three one-hour papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning. As these papers are set by Tormead, we do not provide copies of past papers to schools or families.

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. Tormead does not conduct entrance interviews. Decisions to offer a place are made following a review of both the entrance examinations outcome and references.

Extra time in the entrance examinations is not provided for girls with special educational needs. Where candidates have an educational psychologist’s report, we request that it is sent to us along with the Registration Form so that it can be reviewed by our Head of Learning Support to ensure that the appropriate level of support could be provided if a place was offered.

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 understand that some candidates, especially those coming from state schools, may have had little or no experience of Reasoning papers. If this is the case, it might be helpful for these candidates to complete a small number of practice papers at home ahead of the assessment. Reasoning Practice papers are available on-line and all in good bookshops.

We do not provide copies of past papers or any further information beyond what is provided here.

Are Scholarships available?

Scholarships are available to girls entering Tormead at 11+ and Sixth Form and are worth 10% of the termly school fees.

At 11+ we offer Academic, Art, Music and Sports Scholarships. There are no separate Academic Scholarship papers or interviews and so everyone sitting the 11+ Entrance Examination is automatically considered for these scholarships.

Candidates can also apply for the 11+ Art, Music and Sports Scholarships. Details on how to apply are sent to all registered candidates along with their examination pack in late October. In addition to the 10% reduction in termly fees, Music Scholarships include the cost of instrument tuition in a principal instrument and also any instrument on our endangered instrument list, provided that tuition is taken at Tormead.

Additional scholarships are awarded to current pupils going into Years 6 and 11.

For girls entering Tormead Sixth Form, Academic, Art, Drama and Music Scholarships are available.

Further information about scholarships can be found on our Scholarships and Bursaries page, and in the Art, Music and Scholarships FAQ on this page.

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. The deadline to register your intent to apply for a Bursary is 31 October and all applications for entry in September 2021 must be submitted by Friday 20 November 2020. Please contact Mrs Liz Vinall for further information: recruitment@tormeadschoool.org.uk.

What is your sibling policy?

We are always delighted when siblings join 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.

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 sat 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 Registrar, Mrs Melanie Hobdey, on registrar@tormeadshcool.org.uk.

Art, Music and Sports Scholarship FAQ

Sport Scholarship Q&A

How do we apply for a Sport Scholarship?

Scholarship information and application forms are included in the examination information pack that is sent to every registered candidate towards the end of October.  In addition to the application form, the Admissions office will take up references from the individuals that you include as sport references on your daughter’s application form.

All girls who have applied for a Sport Scholarship are invited to attend a Sport Scholarship day held in January, where they can meet the PE staff, and demonstrate their fitness, agility and their skill in a their chosen sports. We will ask for information regarding sports which we are unable to include on the Scholarship day, e.g. swimming.

What are you looking for in Sport Scholars?

We welcome all girls who wish to attend the January Sport Scholarship day, regardless of how many sports they practise, whether it is multiple ones they are good at or one for which they are exceptional. As a whole, we assess the girl’s overall ability, coachability, potential, attitude and motivation.

Does my daughter have to be good at lots of different sports in order to be selected as a Sport Scholar?

We would support an athlete whose exceptional talent means that they only have time to focus on one sporting activity.

My daughter does really well in sport at school and is in all the school teams but she doesn’t compete for any clubs. Is it still worth her applying for a scholarship?

Yes, absolutely. As a whole, we assess the girl’s overall ability, coachability, potential, attitude and motivation.

My daughter’s main sport is swimming but she can’t showcase this during the Sport Scholarship assessment. Will this count against her application?

We will request information from you regarding any sports which we are unable to include on the Scholarship day, e.g. swimming, and this does not count against anyone’s application.

My daughter is a really good skier/ballerina/sky diver/ice skater/golfer. Can she apply for the Sport Scholarship?

Yes, we welcome and celebrate girls with ability in all types of sport.

How do you support Sport Scholars?

Sport Scholars are invited to take part in our Elite Athlete Programme (EAP); we currently use a company called Advance Sport to run the EAP programme, which includes seminars on specific subjects such as sports psychology and nutrition. Flexible support for all our athletes is provided within games sessions.

What level of commitment is expected of Sport Scholars?

Sport Scholars are expected to represent the school in their sports and be good role models for the whole school.

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