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Assessment Process

Dame B'sWe welcome applications throughout the year and will organise assessments at the time of application. 

Reception - Year 6

Our entry process includes assessments in English, Maths and non-verbal reasoning as well as an informal interview with James McCaughran, Head of Dame Bradbury's.

Year 1 - 6 candidates stay in school for a day and take part in a more formal assessment of their current ability. Reception candidates attend for half a day.  This gives us enough time to get to know each child and be sure we can meet their needs – and that they will be able to make the most of what we’ve got to offer. 

We want to discover whether your child can think creatively, generate ideas, and find interesting solutions to new problems.

There’s no need to prepare for an assessment – all candidates start on an equal footing and are given time to reveal their talents.


For Kindergarten children, the process involves an observation during a play session with the Head of Early Years and, wherever possible, a chance to meet the Head. Year 1 and 2 pupils spend at least a morning at school, where their literacy and numeracy skills are informally assessed.

For further information, please see our nursery site.

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See our Admissions FAQ for further information.

For any other enquiries, please contact our admissions team or call 01223 454762

"We're looking for well-rounded children with interests that stretch beyond the basic curriculum and a fascination for new ideas."