Year 6 (10+) Entry
Year 6, or Lower 3 as we call it, is an extremely fun and exciting year, aimed at building self-confidence, excellent organisational skills and a solid work ethic in preparation for Year 7 (Upper 3).
We will only accept applications for Year 6 (10+) entry into the school if we have spaces in that year. Please check with the Admissions Team before registering as the registration fee is non-refundable.
For Year 6 (10+) entry we consider three things:
- Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning
- an interview
- a confidential report form your child's current school
Below we set out the process for applying for Year 6 (10+). Click on the arrows next to the headings to find out more about the different aspects of applying to Year 6. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 01372 822423 or email email@example.com
Key Dates for applying for Year 6 (10+)
|May, September and October||Open Events|
|15 October (when child is in Year 5)||Deadline to apply|
|November- January||We will request a confidential report from current school|
|Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning plus Interview (usually on the day of the entrance exams)|
|February (first week)||Decision letters are sent|
|March (first week)||Deadline to accept offers|
|June||Induction Day for all new pupils and welcome evening for new parents|
|September||Start at Freemen's|
We want to make the application process as simple as possible. We have a five step journey:
Phase 2: Apply
The deadline to apply is 15 October when your child is in Year 5. To apply, complete the online registration form and send in your £100 fee. By completing the online registration, you have automatically entered your child into the Entrance Exams. You can download a Registration Form if you prefer.
Once we have received notification of your registration and fee, we will send you an acknowledgement detailing what happens next, including draft times for the entrance assessments.
Phase 2: Entrance Assessments timings and guidelines
TESTS TO BE TAKEN JANUARY OF YEAR 5
Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers
2020 Entrance Examinations
The examinations will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on 15th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time, but the day is likely to run as follows:
|Proposed Year||Year 6 (10+)|
|English Paper||70 minutes|
|Mathematics Paper||45 Minutes|
|Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper||30 minutes (+ 10 minutes explanation)|
Those students that require additional time may have different start times. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, Please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.
The entrance procedure is comprised of three main elements: tests, interview and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.
During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in English (70 minutes), Maths (45 minutes) and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (30 minutes). The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. For these tests children should bring a pen, pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener. They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.
All children at this age group will be given an interview. At interview the children will be asked to read aloud from a passage selected by the School, answer questions on this passage, and to converse about their interests, likes and dislikes. The interview will be approached as a conversation and not simply as a question and answer session.
If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in January. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at your agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office. If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 10th – 16th January 2020. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.
Coaching for these tests is not encouraged. However, it is suggested that parents and teachers explain the concept of completing a task within a set time limit.
There are two English papers. One will test grammar, punctuation, spelling and comprehension and the other one will be a piece of creative writing in which structure of writing and a wide use of descriptive vocabulary will be assessed.
The Mathematics paper will include:
- Place value up to a million
- Addition and subtraction
- Long multiplication by a 2 digit number e.g. 474 x 38
- Long division by a 1 digit number e.g. 2889 ÷ 3
- Brackets – order of working
- Multiples of 10, 100, etc
- Rounding to nearest whole number, ten or hundred
- Averages – to find average of a given set of numbers
- Time – use of 12 and 24 hour clock. Simple time problems
- Equivalent fractions e.g. 4/8 = 12/?
- Area and perimeter of rectangles
- Volume of a cube
- Symmetry – mirror symmetry
- Probability – recognise probability on a scale of 0 to 1
- Simple co-ordinates – understand and use simple co-ordinates in the first quadrant
- Graphs – interpret and draw bar or line graphs
- Drawing of angles using a protractor
No sample papers will be available and the above guidance is the only information circulated to schools and parents.
Phase 3: offer
You will receive one of the following decisions:
- an unconditional offer
- a place on the waiting list (if your child is offered a place on the waiting list, we will make it clear what this means)
- a decline (you will be asked if you would like to sit again for a future year (eg Year 7)
We regret, given the large number of applicants, that we are unable to give feedback on examination results.
Phase 4: Accept and Phase 5: Join
When you accept your place, we will ask for a £1,000 deposit: £500 will be held until the final account is due. £500 will be offset against the first term’s fees. We will then send you links to the New Starter Pack, usually in May or June.This has all the information you need before starting with us.
In June, we will invite all new starters for a taster morning, so that they can meet the rest of their class and their teacher. That evening, we also invite all new parents in for a welcome evening and a chance to meet the Head of Year, the class teachers, current parents and the new parents joining that year.
Then you will be ready to start in September. Over the summer, parents usually set up activities and bonding events for you to meet and our parents' association: the Freemen's School Association (FSA) hold a welcome coffee morning on the first day of school once you have dropped your child off.
Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We know that you will have a lot of questions when choosing a school. We are always happy to answer your questions. You can call us directly on 01372 822423 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently. (Click on the small red arrows to reveal the answers.)