We assess the majority of pupils for Year 9 entry in the autumn term of their Year 7. This is in line with many other senior schools, so as to reassure parents that their children have a place around the same time that their peers are accepting offers.
We will run a further assessment day a year later when pupils are in Year 8.
Download a printable timeline with dates for 2024, 2025 and 2026 entry here
|Whole College Open Morning
||Spring Term of Year 6
|Taster Days and Workshops
||June of Year 6
||July of Year 6
|References Requested from Current School
||September of Year 7
||September of Year 7
|Bursary Application Window
||May to August of Year 7
|Decision Letters Sent
||October of Year 7
||January of Year 7
|Scholarship Application Deadline
||December of Year 8
||February/March of Year 8
||Spring of Year 7, Spring and Summer of Year 8
Shiplake College is very proud to be an all ability school and, as such, we operate as holistic an assessment process as possible. The purpose of the assessment day is to allow our experienced staff to determine whether each pupil would thrive in Shiplake College’s active educational environment and not to simply see which pupils score the highest in exam conditions.
In the morning candidates sit short English and mathematics test papers, written and marked by our own Heads of Department. We do not share past papers. Pupils will also sit a series of short literacy and numeracy skills assessments designed to highlight if support needs exist. Other than use of a laptop for creative writing (if that has been recommended), we are unable to provide exam concessions on our assessment days. However, if a child usually receives these, parents should let us know and this will be taken into consideration when marking the papers. Our assessments are intended to show us what pupils can achieve in the time given and not what they cannot.
After lunch with current pupils, there will be an indoor and an outdoor activity (weather permitting) in small groups allowing us to observe each pupil’s interactions with peers and staff in a more relaxed situation. There will also be an informal interview with a senior member of staff.
After the registration deadline has passed in mid-July, applicants will receive an invitation to an assessment day and a confidential report will also be sought from present and previous schools.
If you have any concerns, queries or requests regarding your child’s assessment day, please call the Admissions Office on 0118 940 5221 or 0118 970 4764.
For entry into Year 9, these take place in June of an applicant's Year 6.
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If you have any queries, please contact the Assistant Registrar, Mrs Hayley Young, at [email protected].
Please click here to complete an online registration.
Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships are available to Year 9 applicants. Further details are available on the Scholarships page.
The deadline for applying for a Year 9 scholarship will be detailed in the admissions timeline for your appropriate entry year) and assessments for these will take place after offers of places have been made.
Mrs Esther Pasmore, Admissions Registrar