Our admissions process has been carefully designed so that we can understand every child’s academic abilities and attitude to learning along with their passions and talents. This holistic approach allows us to make sure every child is well suited to Embley life.
Step 1. Visit us
There is no better way to see Embley in action than by visiting us. Arranging an appointment for you and your child to visit our Nursery, Prep and Senior Schools and Sixth Form is easy. During your visit you will meet our Headmaster and/or our Head of Prep School and other members of our team. You will tour our classrooms and facilities and experience Embley on a typical school day. We encourage you to ask lots of questions along the way.
If you are unable to visit the school in person, we will happily arrange a virtual appointment for your family with our Headmaster or Head of Prep School.
We also host a series of ‘Meet the Head’ virtual events comprising a talk followed by a Q&A with our Headmaster or Head of Prep School and members of our Senior Leadership Team. These events enable you to ask questions and hear about our unique approach to teaching and learning at Embley. These events are designed for you and your children.
Step 2. Register for a place
Families are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. To do this, you will need to complete a short form and pay a non-refundable registration fee. Your child will then be placed on the appropriate admissions application list (registration does not guarantee a place at the school).
Step 3. Attend a taster day
Taster days provide a perfect opportunity for children to discover Embley for themselves, meet their prospective classmates and teachers and take part in a range of lessons and experiences. We’ll also provide feedback to let you know how the day has gone. Due to Covid-19 social distancing measures, it may not always be possible to offer a taster day. However, we will offer opportunities for children to experience Embley in a range of ways virtually instead.
Step 4. Reference requests and school reports
Upon receipt of your registration, and with your permission, we will request a reference from your child’s current school. We may also ask to see a copy of your child’s latest school report.
Step 5. Complete our entrance assessments
Prep School assessments
Children are required to complete baseline tests in English and Maths. Children in Year 3 and above also sit a computer-based non-verbal reasoning test.
Senior School assessments
Our assessments measure verbal, non-verbal and mathematical skills set at age appropriate national curriculum expectations. They are designed so that children can demonstrate their potential and ability. The tests support developed abilities in reading and mathematics that rely on genuine understanding rather than learning through repetition. The assessments are:
- An English written assessment.
- A Mathematics written assessment.
- A non-verbal reasoning computer-based test (Year 7 to 10 applicants only).
We hold an assessment morning for entry into Year 7 and 9 each year in January. The morning is carefully planned to allow us time to get to know each child – their strengths, potential, personality and interests. Revision to secure the basics is advised. For Year 7 (11+) assessments, you may wish to refer to 11+ practice papers produced by GL Assessments; Letts and Bond, amongst others.
Sixth Form entry criteria
All candidates are expected to achieve a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9 to 5 and at least grade 7 or 8 in the A Level subjects to be studied, or equivalent subjects.
Senior School & Sixth Form Interviews
Senior School and Sixth Form applicants will be invited to attend a short interview with a member of our Senior Leadership Team. There is no need for any coaching for this interview, we encourage children to be spontaneous with their answers.
Step 6. Offer of a place
If your child is offered a place at Embley you will need to complete all the paperwork included in our acceptance pack which will be sent to you at the time of offer. We will ask for payment of a refundable acceptance deposit to secure the place.
A waiting list may be available for children who have reached an appropriate standard in our entrance assessments where the year group is full.
Progress through the school
All pupils who join us at one of our younger entry points will enjoy a full career at Embley, proceeding through our Senior School to study GCSEs and onto our Sixth Form to study A Levels.
All pupils will sit our entrance assessments for entry into Year 7 at the Senior School and progression onto the Sixth Form is normally assured by a combination of appropriate behaviour, hard work and academic success.
Please contact our Admissions Department for further information about our admissions process on 01794 512206 or by email.