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13+ Admissions Process

Year 9 is a key entry point. You can apply when your child is in Year 7 (for deferred entry) or current Year 8.

 


Key dates for entry into Year 9 for September 2024 (Current Year 8)
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  • Deadline to register for Year 9 Entrance Assessments – 22nd December 2023
  • Deadline to register for scholarships – 22nd December 2023
  • Year 9 Entrance Assessments – 15th January 2024
  • Year 9 2024 Taster Day – afternoon of 15th January 2024
  • Scholarship assessments – w/c 15th January 2024
  • Results posted – w/c  5th February 2024
  • Deadline to accept Year 9 place – 29th March 2024
  • Getting To Know Bethany Day – Saturday 8th June 2024

 

If you have missed the deadline for registering for Entrance Assessments and Scholarships, please contact our admissions team by emailing registrar@bethanyschool.org.uk as an extended deadline may be possible.

Key dates for entry into Year 9 for September 2025 (Current Year 7)
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  • Deadline to register for Year 9 Entrance Assessments – 17th March 2024 (in current Year 7)
  • Year 9 Entrance Assessments – 20th March 2024 (in current Year 7)
  • Entrance Assessments results posted w/c 25th March 2024
  • Deadline to accept Year 9 2025 place – April 2024

 


 

Year 9 2025 Scholarships

For pupils who are applying to join Year 9 in September 2025, scholarship assessments will take place in the January of 2025.

 

  • Deadline to register for scholarships for Year 9 2025 entry – 20th December 2024 (in current Year 8)
  • Taster Day – afternoon in January 2025 (in current Year 8)
  • Scholarship assessments – January 2025 date to be confirmed
  • Scholarship results posted – February 2025 date to be confirmed

 

If you have missed the deadline for registering for Entrance Assessments and Scholarships, please contact our admissions team by emailing registrar@bethanyschool.org.uk as an extended deadline may be possible.


 

13+ Admissions Process

1 – Open Mornings
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Come and visit Bethany School for one of our Open Mornings.

Open Mornings are held four times a year – September, October, February and March.

2 – Private Tour and Meet Headmaster
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You can arrange a private tour of the school at a time and date that suit you. You will also have the opportunity to have a one to one meeting with our Headmaster.

3 – Pupil Registration
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Complete and return a registration form to formally register your child for a place at Bethany School.

 

The deadline to register your child for is usually in December.

 

For in-year admissions, we can organise registration, entrance assessments and pupil taster day(s) for a date that suits you.

4 – Entrance Assessments
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Entrance assessments are designed to provide us with a complete picture of every pupil using both quantitative assessments (CAT4 and English creative writing) and qualitative testing (school reference and interview).

 

Qualitative assessments provide us with valuable insights into a pupil’s personality, communication skills, and critical thinking abilities. Quantitative assessments, provides an insight of a pupil’s academic abilities. By combining qualitative and quantitative assessments, we ensure we are selecting those pupils who not only excel academically but also possess the qualities and potential to thrive in the Bethany School environment.

 

The assessments are made up of the following elements

 

Online Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4)

The children will sit an online cognitive ability test. Further details can be found here.

 

Creative writing paper

The children will be asked to write a creative story to give them the opportunity to show off their creative writing, vocabulary and punctuation skills.

 

Interview

Each child will be interviewed on a one to one basis with a member of the senior management team. This will be an informal chat for us to get to know your child and give them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about Bethany.

 

Reference

We will be contacting each child’s school for a reference.

 


 

Entrance Assessments usually take place during the second week of January each year.

 

For in-year admissions, we can organise entrance assessments for a date that suits you.

5 – Taster Afternoon
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The taster afternoon takes place on the same day as the entrance assessments.

 

This afternoon allows pupils to join our current Year 8 and take part in lessons and a range of activities from sport, high ropes, design technology, performing arts, science and food and nutrition.

 

However,  if you would like to arrange an earlier taster day when your child is in Year 7, please contact our admissions team and we will arrange a convenient date for your child to spend a day with us.

 

For in-year admissions, taster day(s) can be organised for dates that are convenient to you.

6- Scholarship Assessments
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Assessments for pupils applying for Drama, Music, Dance, Art & Design, Design & Technology or Sports scholarships usually take place the same week as entrance assessments.

 

Scholarships are available to those joining in-year, however these will be subject to availability.

7 – Results
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Parents are advised whether their child has been offered a place at Bethany by the beginning of February.

 

For in-year admissions, please allow one week for results.

8 – Accepting A Place
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On receiving an offer, parents will also receive the acceptance form. These are to be completed and signed by both parents and returned with the deposit to secure a place.

 

The deadline to accept a Year 9 place is the end of March.

 

For in-year admissions, accepting a place can be done at your earliest convenience.

9 – Getting to know Bethany Day
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In the June, prior to starting in September, all pupils and parents who have accepted a place are invited to attend our “Getting to know Bethany Day”.

 

This is when pupils will have their moving up day and meet their new peers who will also be in their year group for some fun orientation activities.

 

Parents are given the opportunity to hear from the Headmaster and our Heads of Department and given all the information they will need to ensure a smooth transition to Bethany School.

 

Unavailable for in-year admissions.

Contact
If you have any questions regarding joining Bethany, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team and we will be happy to help on 01580 211273or email us at registrar@bethanyschool.org.uk
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