We believe that we are a family school which embraces the traditional values of family life along with a strong academic ethos. Like any family we enjoy welcoming others to visit us, to discover about us and to hopefully join us.
A visit to our School can take place either by making an appointment through the school office or by attending an Open Event.
Appointments usually take place during the school day, Monday to Friday term time, although an appointment can be arranged during the holidays on occasion. During the appointment you will meet our Head Master and tour the school meeting staff and children. If your child is of Nursery or Pre-Prep age you will also meet our Head of Pre-Prep.
Our Open Afternoon takes place on a Saturday in September and we also hold an Open Week in early May.
We are delighted for children to spend a taster day or taster session with us. This will provide the opportunity for your child or children to experience a typical day with pupils in their current year group. If there is a particular lesson that you would like them to experience, the day can be arranged to coincide with this. Your child will be paired with a ‘buddy’ who will guide them through the day.
For those children in Years 1 and above an assessment in English and Maths will take place. This is carried out in a relaxed atmosphere, one to one with a member of staff and gives the school an indication of the level a child has reached and where they would fit in with our current children. Feedback is given at the end of the day to discuss how the day went from the school’s, the parents’ and your child’s perspective. Any additional questions will be answered and your child will be offered a place at this time.
To secure your child’s place an Acceptance Form is required to be completed and returned together with the Registration Fee and the Confirmation of Entry Deposit. We will then confirm your child’s place. During the term before your child’s entry they will be invited to spend some more time with us and information will be sent through to ease their transition into school.
Does my child have to sit an exam to get in to Blundell’s Senior School?
Children at Blundell’s Prep School do not have to sit a formal exam to gain entry to the Senior School. Children who wish to move in to Year 7 will be able to do so as long as the School is confident, through the wealth of assessment data already held by the Prep School and shared with the Senior School, that they can be suitably catered for. Parents will be kept fully informed prior to Year 6 if there is any question surrounding that. All children who do not attend Blundell’s Prep are required to sit the Entrance exams which take place in the January of Year 6.
Are there Scholarship exams at 11+?
The 11+ awards are not full scholarships and instead are known as Junior Exhibition Awards. Those Blundell’s Prep children wishing to be considered for a Junior Exhibition Award may choose to sit examinations in English and Maths during the first week of the Spring Term in Year 6 and these take place during the normal working week and at the Prep School. All external candidates wishing to gain entry to Year 7 are asked to sit the exams on the first Saturday of the Spring Term Saturday and these take place at the Senior School.
Preparations for those wishing to sit the exams take place during lessons, with a selection of past papers provided as part of the homework rota. Some additional materials are provided for the Christmas holidays but there are no extra classes. Our strong feeling is that the curriculum provides all that our potential Exhibitioners need to be successful in the exams and this has always proven to be the case. Parents must still register their children for entry to the Senior School during the Autumn term of Year 6 and at that time they should indicate their interest in taking part in the Junior Exhibition process.
How are the Year 6 children introduced to the Senior School?
This begins in the Pre-Prep with visits to Chapel and continues throughout the Prep School as children access the whole school site, take part in curriculum days either at the Senior School or with Senior School students and staff and race around ‘Ten Acre Field’ during House Cross Country. At the start of the Autumn Term, a ‘Year 6 and Beyond’ meeting is held at the Prep School for all parents of Year 6 children and there is a chance to meet Mrs Huggett, the Senior School Head. Invitations will be made for parents to visit the Senior School, if they have not done so already, and Registration Forms will be made available.
The first formal induction visit for the children takes place in the Autumn Term of Year 6, when children go for a tour of School House, meet Year 7 pupils and spend time with the Housemaster. During the Spring term all of our Year 6 children are invited to attend a Welcome Afternoon at the Senior School, during which time they will meet lots of children who will be joining Blundell’s from other schools in preparation for them becoming one unified cohort in September. The day includes team building exercises and an art workshop, with a focus on the Senior School getting to know the children and vice versa. There then follows a comprehensive academic and pastoral handover between Prep and Senior School as tutors and teaching groups are allocated in readiness for Year 7 entry.