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Entry to Pipers

Girls are admitted to Pipers Corner School from age 4 – 18 years, usually at the beginning of the school terms. In exceptional circumstances girls may be admitted at other points during the year.

The first step

Girls are admitted to Pipers Corner School from age 4 – 18 years, usually at the beginning of the school terms. In exceptional circumstances girls may be admitted at other points during the year.

Parents who wish their daughter to be considered for entry are asked to complete the school’s registration form. On receipt of the completed form and non-refundable registration fee, a girl’s name is placed on the list of applicants for admission.

Pre-Prep Department
(4 – 7 year olds)

The Head of Key Stage 1 and EYFS assesses prospective pupils during half-day or full-day visits to the school. Prospective pupils spend time in lessons with the appropriate year group and levels of literacy, numeracy and social skills are reviewed. Following the visit the Head of Key Stage 1 and EYFS submits a report to the Headmistress and it is on the basis of this report that offers are made, subject to receipt of a satisfactory reference from any current nursery/school.

Prep Department
(7 – 11 year olds)

The Head of Pre-Prep and Prep assesses prospective pupils during a day visit to the Prep Department. All prospective pupils are interviewed by the Head of Pre-Prep and Prep (or Deputy Head of Prep) and asked to complete specific English and Mathematics exercises.

During their time in school girls also attend lessons during which staff assess general levels of literacy, numeracy and social skills.  The Head of Pre-Prep and Prep completes a report of the visit after considering both their own assessment and the input of the teachers who have worked with the prospective pupil. This report is submitted to the Headmistress and it is on the basis of this report that offers are made, subject to receipt of a satisfactory reference from the current school.

For entry to Year 3, 4 and 5 these visits are usually arranged on an individual basis. For Year 6 entry a group assessment day is normally arranged for the November preceding the September of the year of entry.

Senior School
(11 – 16 year olds)

Year 7

Year 7 entry is by entrance examination in mid-January of the year of entry. Prospective pupils spend a morning at Pipers taking entrance tests in English and Mathematics. They are also interviewed by the Headmistress in the November/December preceding the assessments. The results of the tests, together with the progress report from the previous school, are the basis on which the headmistress makes offers of places. Offers are made by the end of February half-term of the year of entry.

Year 8 – Year 10

Girls are considered for entry to these year groups when places are available. All prospective pupils are invited to spend a day at Pipers during which they are asked to sit assessment papers in English and Mathematics. They also attend lessons with their relevant peer group during which staff assess general levels of literacy, numeracy and social skills. The results of the tests, together with the progress report from the previous school and any feedback from the lessons girls attend, provide the basis on which the Headmistress makes offers of places.

In Years 8-10 where in addition to core subjects there are also choices to make regarding the optional subjects available, the school will make reasonable steps to try and accommodate a girl’s choice of subjects. However the school reserves the right to refuse access to subjects when planned classes are full. 

Pipers Corner School also offers deferred Year 9 entry to girls who are currently educated in Prep Schools. The admissions process is such that girls are assessed when they are in Year 6, alongside girls in the same year group looking for Year 7 entry (see above for the Year 7 entry process). The places for the successful deferred entry candidates are then held until they finish Year 8 at their current schools.

Year 12

The Sixth Form is open to all students at Pipers as well as students who have attended other schools. Girls entering the Sixth Form need to have achieved at least five GCSEs grades A* – C (including Mathematics and English). It is usually necessary to have a minimum of B grades in the subjects a girl is hoping to study at A Level.

Applicants from other schools, once registered for entry, are invited to attend an entrance interview with the Headmistress or the Head of Sixth. This usually happens in the February/March prior to the September of entry. Any offer of a place will be based on the entrance interview, a school reference and predicted GCSE grades.

A student who has qualified for entry to Year 12 will, in most cases, be able to study the subjects for which she is qualified, but this will be dependent on there being sufficient places in the classes provided for each subject.

Special Educational Needs

Girls with mild specific learning difficulties may be offered places at Pipers Corner, subject to meeting the school’s ability profile. All prospective pupils are asked to provide evidence of any Educational Psychologist assessment, or similar report, if applicable, prior to assessment.

Further information

Please email our Director of Admissions and Marketing for more information about entry to Pipers Corner and if you would like to make an appointment to visit.

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