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We have compiled a list of questions that parents are most likely to ask us in the early stages of the application process, – we hope it will answer some of your questions, and will be useful.

Should you have any other questions, please get in touch with the Admissions team and we will be happy to help.

Q. Are you a co-ed school? 
We are fully co-ed in both our Pre-Preps, Dame Bradbury’s and the 6th Form College. The Junior School and Senior School are transitioning to co-ed at the moment. In 2015/16 the Junior School has boys in Year 3 and 4, girls only in Year 5 and 6. The Senior School is currently all-girls but will start to take boys in 2017 in Year 7. Thereafter as each year goes by, the schools will become fully co-ed. We operate a Diamond Formation of single-sex teaching for some subjects between the ages of 9-16.
Q. How do I register my child for a place? 
The first stage of the admissions process is to complete a Registration Form. You can find them in the Admissions apply now section.
Q. What is it like when I visit the school? 
We are very happy to welcome you for an individual tour of the schools to see what life is like on a normal working day. You will be guided by a senior member of staff who will be on hand to answer any queries you may have - whether about our curriculum or about our lunch menu. To book a tour email admissions@stephenperse.com or call us on 01223 454722
Q. Can I apply at any time of year? 
Yes. Tests usually take place in January before the September start, but we are flexible and understand that often you need a place at a new school at other times of the year due, for example, to a relocation for a new job. We can make arrangements for the assessments at a time which suits you.
Q. What is the assessment process? 
For the 6th form our process is a bit more detailed! Everyone has a general interview that will include a critical thinking exercise where you will be asked to read a piece and to examine the logic, consistency and persuasiveness of the arguments on either side of a debate. Depending on which subjects you want to take, you may need to take an aptitude test in the subject and have a follow-up discussion with the head of department. An offer of a place will be conditional on achieving the required results at GCSE or equivalent. We tailor our offers to individual applicants but, as a guide, we would require a minimum of 70 points at GCSE (counting an A* as 10, A as 8, B as 6 etc) with at least grade A in those subjects to be studied at AS level or for the IB Diploma. With your consent, we also contact your current school to obtain a reference.
Q. Can my child do the assessments while we are still abroad? 
While it is obviously better to do the tests and interviews in person, if at all possible, if you have to remain overseas, we can accommodate your child sitting the entrance exams in your home country. If your current school is a registered international school we are happy for the exams to take place there; otherwise we ask that you arrange for him/her to sit the papers at the British Council . This is to ensure that the integrity of our tests is preserved and ensures fairness across the board as this will emulate the testing environment here at the Foundation. We will do our utmost to accommodate your travel timetables when booking your child’s assessment.
Q. Will you need to contact my child’s current school, as part of the admissions process? 
We do require a satisfactory reference from your child’s current school. Our Registration Form includes an area for you to give your consent for us to contact the school: we never do so without your prior permission. If you do not want us to contact your child’s current school before a place is offered, we can comply with that, but the place will be conditional on receipt of a satisfactory reference.
Q. Can I visit the schools? 
Yes. You can come to one of our Open Events, alternatively you can book a private visit.
Q. Do both parents have to sign the forms? 
We require a signature from both parents/guardians who hold parental responsibility, except in exceptional circumstances.
Q. Will my child automatically get a place in the next school up? 
There is an assessment that takes place between the Pre-Prep and Junior School, however it is very informal and happens during the school day and is more of an opportunity for the Junior School staff to get to know the child in preparation for their move up to Year 3. Currently transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is automatic, subject to satisfactory academic progress. If there are any concerns then we would arrange a series of consultations with the parents, well in advance of either transition. Transition from the Senior School to the 6th Form is conditional on GCSE results; students are given conditional offers at this stage and the basic threshold is at least 70 points at GCSE.
Q. My child needs additional learning support, is this something you can accommodate? 
Yes; each of our schools benefits from the guidance of a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and if your child requires support we will work with you to ensure that his/her needs are met. In the event that our specialist teachers do not have the expertise necessary to plan for your child’s continued progress we would consult with an external specialist teacher with your agreement.
Q. Do you provide transport? 
We run a morning minibus from the Park and Ride sites at Babraham, Madingley and Trumpington as well as a minibus from Cambourne. We also have a mini-bus for Pre-Prep children attending Madingley. They can be dropped off at the Junior School at the same time as Junior School children to take the minibus to Madingley. The bus leaves the school at 8:15am and returns at the end of the school day arriving back at the Junior School at 3:30pm.
Q. Where are the schools? 
We have schools in Cambridgeshire and in Saffron Walden. See our contact pages for maps of each school's location.

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