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Junior School (Reception - Year 6)

From Year 1, admission to the Junior School is by selection through assessment and a satisfactory progress report from the child's current school.  Potential candidates also attend a taster day with their year group.  Children must be registered before they can be assessed.

During the Spring Term, the Registrar will contact parents of children registered for entry the following September, to arrange a convenient date for the assessment.  Junior Assessments take place in the morning and children are invited to spend the rest of the day with their year group.

Criteria for Assessment
Prospective pupils entering Years 1 and 2 are assessed by the class teacher and subject staff; prospective pupils entering Years 3 to 6 are assessed by the Individual Needs Department.  Pupils who apply for entry to Year 6 will also be assessed on their ability to pass the 11+ entrance examinations to the Senior School.

Educational and Health Reports
Open communication between parents and teaching staff is encouraged by St Gabriel's at the outset of the relationship. It is very important that the school is informed of any relevant background information on a prospective pupil as this means we do not lose time in assisting a pupil's progress when they join the school.

Parents of those children who already have an educational or relevant health report are asked to submit this prior to the Assessment Day, preferably at the point of registration.

The Assessment
A member of the Individual Needs Department conducts the assessment of prospective pupils on a one-to-one basis.

The formal assessment includes the use of some or all of the following materials:
Reading from diagnostic reading assessment
Sample of free writing
WRAT 3 Maths

In addition to this if it is felt necessary:
WRAT 3 spelling
NFER Maths
MAT - Non verbal reading assessment

Results
The results from these assessments provide information to write a brief report for the Principal as to the suitability of offering a place at St Gabriel's.  Parents will be contacted by the Principal, within a week of the assessment, to discuss the report and its recommendations.

If there are any concerns about specific learning difficulties or any other conditions which may have an impact on the individual's education, further assessments are available and the candidate may be invited to return for a more detailed evaluation. The more information we gather, the better able the school is to meet any needs an individual may have.

Taster Day
Following their Junior Assessment, candidates are invited to spend the rest of the day with their year group in classroom activities and lessons.

Candidates should come in their current school uniform and bring a PE kit, a coat and wellies (if wet) and two healthy snacks of fruit/vegetable and a drink.  Lunch is provided.  Collection time is 4.00pm from the School Office.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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