Joining our School
Entering Wellingborough School at any age is a big moment in a pupil's life and there is a great sense of expectation.
We encourage families to visit the school for open days, guided tours and taster days to get a sense of the school before their child begins their education here. Upon joining the school, new pupils are monitored closely through buddy system, pastoral care and teaching staff to ensure their transition into the school is as smooth as possible. This section details the admissions process at each of the key entry points in the School: Nursery, Reception and Year 3 in the Pre-Prep, Year 4 and Year 7 in the Prep, and Year 9 and Sixth Form in the Senior School.
Our admissions officers are always happy to speak to prospective parents about joining our school and providing information on 01933 233447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In Nursery children may come for a full day (9.00am – 3.30pm) or part-time during their first two terms. Places in Nursery are allocated in order of registration.
Before a place is confirmed, a child will visit the Nursery for a morning session so that we can make sure they are ready to enjoy all the opportunities we offer. We also make an informal assessment of their readiness to play and learn harmoniously with others. Once a place has been confirmed, children then enjoy coming to our pre-entry afternoons with their parents (and often little brothers and sisters too!).
These sessions help new pupils to become familiar with the setting and confident to be left when term begins.
Historically Wellingborough has welcomed pupils of ability and potential and the scholarship and bursary programme has enabled support for those requiring financial support. The School attracts boys and girls from a large catchment area covering the whole of Northamptonshire and into Bedfordshire and Leicestershire. The main entry points are Nursery, Year 4 (the first year of the Prep School), Year 7 (aged 11), Year 9 (the first year of the Senior School) and Lower 6th (the AS year of the 6th Form) but we are pleased to consider applications at all stages.
The School aims for prospective parents and pupils to understand what they would be committing to and what our expectations are with our balanced mix of academics and co-curricular involvement and fun. The education will be standards-driven and there are levels below which pupils will not be allowed to fall. As well as ensuring an academic minimum standard, character, attitude and commitment are the critical qualities in our assessment of both potential and current pupils of all ages.
It is essential that pupils and their families appreciate fully that the blend of academic and co-curricular education which we provide goes far beyond the confines of a standard Monday - Friday programme. We are unashamedly striving to raise further our academic standards whilst retaining our holistic philosophy.
The only way in which one can appreciate fully the spirit and soul of the School is to visit us and above all else see our young people at work and play because they are our finest ambassadors.
Whilst our standards and expectations are high, we nevertheless have children with a wide spread of abilities and talents and aim to provide appropriate challenge for them all.
Year 4 is a key entry point into the Preparatory School, and we have three form groups in this year. The Year 4 admission procedure, for those not coming from the Pre-Prep, involves the children coming into school for a morning to complete various tests, including a VR (Verbal reasoning) and NVR (Non-verbal Reasoning) test, reading for comprehension and writing a story.
A report from a child’s current school will be requested. The school employs a staff of qualified and experienced learning support teachers whose responsibility it is to help children who need support. We may decline to make an offer if we judge that a child’s educational needs are such that specialist help, beyond what is available at Wellingborough Preparatory School, will be required. This step will only be taken after full consultation, in conjunction with parents, of the adjustments which would be
necessary to accommodate the needs of the pupil.
Year 7 is the main entry point into the Preparatory School, we currently have four form groups in Year 7. We offer academic awards for entry into this year group, based on excellence in English and Maths. Entrance exams are usually held on the first Saturday of the Lent Term, children successful in gaining a place will be notified by the end of January.
The entrance assessment includes a Verbal reasoning test, Non-verbal reasoning test, reading for comprehension test and writing a story. These assessments are applicable to all children wishing to join Year 7, however, if applying for an academic award, children will also be required to take an English paper and Maths paper. Children who have sat for an academic award for entry into Year 7, but have been unsuccessful in gaining an award, will not need to sit another entry test. If their results and school report prove to be.
We seek to select boys and girls who will be happy and thrive here regardless of their background and previous educational experience. A sound academic foundation is necessary and we have minimum academic standards; all pupils from our own Prep School are monitored as they progress through and if there is a question over their achieving an acceptable standard in order to progress into the Senior School, this will be flagged at an early stage.
For those seeking to enter at Year 9, Year 10 or Year 11 they will take an Entrance Assessment (either ideally in January or alternatively at some other point in the year) in English, Mathematics, Sciences and French. If an applicant is moving from a Prep School then he/she will take a Common Entrance Examination in May of Year 8.
Most of all we are interested in a young person’s natural intelligence and curiosity, their appetite for learning and readiness to throw themselves into the School’s wider life.
Wellingborough School Sixth Form provides an opportunity like no other. A day school with boarding school sensibilities, the Wellingborough experience extends far beyond typical expectations. From the wide range of subjects on offer to the innovative choice of Enrichment activities beyond the curriculum, Sixth form life here is a world apart.
The offer of a place for Sixth Form entry is normally based upon interview, reference from current
school and predicted grades of a minimum 4Bs and 2Cs at GCSE with an expectation of at least B
grades in those subjects to be taken at A level.
Confirmation of a place for all potential Sixth Form pupils comes in August after the publication of GCSE results. Our own Year 11 pupils are expected to achieve the same standard to continue into the Sixth Form.
Though there tend to be common points of entry across the three schools, pupils are welcome to join Wellingborough School at any stage of their education.
In Years 1 and 2, pupils will be invited to visit classes before they join the school to get a feel for life at Wellingborough School, as well as attending pre-entry afternoons with their parents. These sessions help new pupils to become familiar with the setting and confident to be left when term begins.
Pupils joining at 5 years or above will spend a morning or day in school so that we can assess their progress in Literacy and Numeracy thus far. We also take account of their general attitude to learning and their consideration of others. In this way, we hope to ensure that all children can enjoy their time in school together, and progress to the best of their ability.
The Preparatory School is happy to admit children in Years 5, 6 and 8 where places are available and generally has pupils joining all year groups in September and throughout the year. The entrance assessments for all year groups include a verbal reasoning test, non-verbal reasoning test, reading for comprehension test and writing a story.
At the Senior School, pupils may also wish to enter the School in Years 10 and 11. For those seeking to enter at this stage, they will take an Entrance Assessment (either ideally in January or alternatively at some other point in the year) in English, Mathematics, Sciences and French. If an applicant is moving from a Prep School then he/she will take a Common Entrance Examination in May of Year 8.