Entrance Requirements

For more information about our Admissions process and detailed curricular information, please browse the downloadable documents below. Hard copies are available on request from the admissions department.

Admissions Information and Prospectus:

School Prospectus

Sixth Form Information Booklet

GCSE Information Booklet

International Information Booklet 

Scholarships Awards & Exhibitions Booklet 2017

Current School Fees: School Fees 2016-2017

School Fees from September 2017: School Fees from September 2017

Term Dates 2016-2018

Parent/Guardian Contract

Please refer to the drop-downs below for detailed information of our admissions procedure for both UK and Overseas candidates. For any enquiries, please call Director of Admissions, Mrs. Patricia Stevenson on the number below who will be happy to help.

Learning Support:

Westonbirt has a dedicated Learning Support Department and parents of pupils currently receiving learning support should contact the Director of Admissions to arrange for an initial informal assessment in the Autumn term prior to their daughter’s entrance examinations and should provide copies of any educational psychologists reports.

Admissions & Enquiries
Mrs Patricia Stevenson
T +44 (0)1666 881301
admissions@westonbirt.org

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    UK Candidates:
    Entry to Years 7-10:

Entry to Westonbirt is through Common Entrance examinations or our own entry tests. A personal reference will also be requested from the Head of the candidate’s current school. All candidates must attend an interview at Westonbirt School, as part of the admissions procedure.

1. Common Entrance Examination
Candidates being prepared for the Common Entrance Examination will sit these exams for entry into Year 7 or Year 9 (at 11+ or 13+) at Westonbirt, and this is taken at their current prep school.

2. Westonbirt School Entry examinations
For all other candidates, including those joining at 12+ and 14+, admission is by sitting Westonbirt’s own tests in English and Mathematics, together with an age appropriate non-verbal Reasoning test. These are taken either at Westonbirt, at the candidate’s current school or, at another venue agreed with the Director of Admissions.

    Entry to Year 12 – Sixth Form

For entry into our Sixth Form candidates must gain at least 5 A*- C GCSE passes including English and Mathematics and, where possible, should achieve As or Bs in the subjects they plan to study at A Level.  In addition entry will be subject to:

Admissions interviews
All candidates must attend interview at Westonbirt School, usually with the Headmistress, as part of the admissions procedure.
Letter of Application
A written letter of application should be submitted to the school prior to interview.
Aptitude Test
As part of the Sixth Form entry assessment all candidates will take an aptitude test.
References from your previous school
A personal reference will be requested from the Head of the candidate’s current school.

Overseas Candidates:

1. Ukiset
The UK Independent Schools’ Entry test (UKiset) is an online entrance test for international students that wish to apply to a British independent school. Westonbirt is a UKiset associate school and the test can be taken at approved test centres in over 130 countries worldwide.

2. Westonbirt School’s own Entry Tests
Where UKiset is not available, entry will be through the school’s own age appropriate tests, taken under appropriate supervision, or at Westonbirt School.

Overseas candidates undertake a UKiset adaptive online test taken in English. This tests a candidate’s underlying academic abilities through four principal reasoning areas – Non Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Ability, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Candidates will also be asked to submit a creative writing piece. There is an additional English Placement Test for candidates whose first language is not English. In total, the test takes approximately two and a half hours.

To be considered for a place at Westonbirt School, please ‘register for UKiset’ on the UKiset Website. Please list Westonbirt School on the form and provide as much information as possible – this will be sent to us as part of the UKiset Profile Package and used in conjunction with the UKiset results to assess a candidate’s application to Westonbirt.

Once a candidate has registered and completed the Student Profile Form a member of the UKiset Team will contact them with details of their closest test centre and the next available test date. After the test has been taken and we have received their UKiset Profile Package we will make a decision as to whether or not we wish to take their application further. If we are happy to pursue the application we will at that point require our registration fee to be paid and seek the relevant school references, reports and any additional information relevant to their application.

Please note: a registration fee will only be charged once we have reviewed the UKiset results and are happy to proceed with the application.

For further information, or to register for UKiset, please visit www.ukiset.com. If your child has already taken UKiset and you would like their results to be sent to Westonbirt School please complete the School Selection Form. Alternatively, please click here to view the UKiset for Parents Leaflet for more information.

Westonbirt’s Own Entry Tests:

All candidates will –

Take an age appropriate non-verbal Reasoning Test.
Have a Skype interview with the Headmistress (where possible).
Be required to submit a copy of their recent school reports/grades.
Entry to Years 7-10
All candidates whose first language is not English must take the school’s English Language Examination. In addition they will also take the school’s Mathematics test. Their timetable will be designed to match their level of English, which must be strong enough for them to join mainstream lessons in all of the core timetabled subjects. They will also be required to take the weekly number of chargeable English Language lessons recommended by the school’s English Language Training (ELT) Department.

Entry to Year 12 – Sixth Form
Candidates for Sixth Form who have not been educated in an English medium school for at least three years are required to submit an IELTS Certificate to gain entry, with a minimum level of 6.0 in the Reading and Writing Sections. They will take the school’s age-appropriate ELT test, and may be required to take some additional tests in the subjects chosen for AS level. They will also be required to take the weekly number of chargeable English Language lessons recommended by the school’s English Language Training (ELT) Department.