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Assesment Day for 2021 Entry
11+ Assessment Day – Tuesday 5th January 2021
How To Apply
Applying for a place at Cranleigh Prep School at 11+ is split up into stages.
Stage 1 – Visits
If you do not already know Cranleigh Prep and Cranleigh School, we strongly recommend visiting both schools. Cranleigh Prep School has four Open Mornings throughout the year which provide families with an informal opportunity to meet the Headmaster and staff, and to enjoy a tour of the School. Advance booking is essential. Cranleigh School hosts small group meetings. These take place on Saturday mornings and provide several families with an informal opportunity to meet the Headmaster and House staff, and to enjoy a tour of the School. Advance booking is essential.
There is one joint Open Morning for Cranleigh Prep and Cranleigh School per year which is held in October. This is of particular interest to 11+ candidates and affords the opportunity to visit both schools.
Individual visits, tours and discussion may also be arranged during the week.
Stage 2 – Registering
If you wish to be considered for a place at Cranleigh Prep School, a registration form and non-refundable registration fee of £200 should be submitted on-line.
Early registration is recommended, ideally in years 4 or 5.
Stage 3 – Taster Events
Registered applicants will be invited to attend one of our Cranleigh Prep Explorers taster events which are held in the Summer Term of year 5 and Michaelmas (Autumn) Term of year 6. Explorers events give children the opportunity to meet some of the Prep school staff and familiarise themselves with the campus. Explorers activities have included bushcraft, indoor climbing, astronaut training and archery. Parents are invited to join for drinks and meet the Headmaster and staff informally. Advance booking is essential.
Stage 4 – Assessment
Registered applicants will need to sit the ISEB test at their prep school, arranged by their current Head. The ISEB test takes place between October and mid-November of Year 6. Applicants from schools that do not offer the ISEB test can sit the test at Cranleigh Prep School, in arrangement with the Admissions team.
Applicants will then be invited to an Assessment day during January of Year 6. Each part of our assessment is equally important and offers will only be made once we have reviewed the results of the ISEB test in conjunction with the feedback from the Holistic Assessment Day.
The Assessment is a holistic review of the candidate’s interests and abilities. It consists of an informal interview with a senior member of staff, a discussion group, an English creative writing paper and fun team building activities. A report is required from the candidate’s current school.
The interview will provide candidates with an opportunity to discuss their passions and what motivates them, during which interests and talents outside the classroom will be highly valued.
Following the Holistic Review, and receipt of a positive recommendation from the candidate’s current Head, an unconditional offer may be made.
Cranleigh is in the fortunate position of receiving many more applications each year than we have places available. Admissions decisions therefore take into account a variety of factors. We need to be confident that a pupil will thrive academically but we also consider what wider contribution he or she will make to the Cranleigh community, particularly those individuals who will make the most of the available opportunities.
Stage 5 – Scholarship Application
The only scholarship that can be applied for at 11+ is Music. Academic Scholarships will be offered based on exceptional results in the Holistic Review. For full details of awards, please see our Handbook on Scholarships and Bursaries.