Assessment procedures

Criteria for Entry to Year 3 (7+) and Year 7 (11+) September 2018

Personal, Social and Academic Expectations

We are looking for enthusiastic, well-motivated children who are keen to learn from the rich academic and non-academic curriculum that we offer at Belmont. Pupils are expected to transfer to Mill Hill School at 13+.

At the 7+ and 11+ points of entry we expect the majority of pupils to be exceeding the expected national average at either Key Stage 1 or 2. Children are also expected to take an interest in the range of opportunities they are given and to integrate well into our diverse community. We have high standards of politeness and manners and children are expected to show consideration towards others.

To achieve their full potential, we expect children to be able to work on tasks set within class and for prep in a positive frame of mind and to work independently when required to do so.

The 7+ Entrance Test Procedure is in three 45 minute sessions:

The entrance procedure at 7+ consists of three 45 minute sessions involving written tasks in English, Maths and NVR, there will also be teacher led activities including reading and an interview. In the English section of the test, they are required to read aloud and write a short story.

A reference is sought from the child’s current school. A supportive reference is a very important part of the selection process.

The 11+ Entrance Test Procedure is in three 75 minute sessions:

  1. Entrance Examination (Computer Based) which tests the following:
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy – A calculator is not permitted for the test
    • Verbal Reasoning
    • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  2. Interview
  3. Candidates will be interviewed in small groups by senior teachers and have two interview sessions of 20 minutes duration. There is also a 15 minute writing test, where pupils respond to a given stimulus. We will explore interests in and outside school, general knowledge and current affairs. We will also be looking at how children communicate and conduct themselves.
  4. Problem Solving & Teamwork
  5. We are looking for children that are receptive to learning and have flexible ways of working. This session involves completing a group task that requires collaboration and negotiation to problem solve.

We will also request a supporting reference from the candidate’s current school.

Entrance to Belmont in other Year Groups.

Our main points of entry are 7+ (approximately 20-30 pupils) and 11+ (approximately 35-45 pupils). However, from time to time places may become available at other entry points. In these instances applicants will be tested and interviewed according to their age.

The entrance procedure at 8+ 9+ and 10+ consists of a short informal interview and an English/Maths/NVR test. The interview involves finding out about their areas of academic interest as well as their hobbies and pastimes

Specific Learning Difficulties

If 11+ candidates have an educational psychologist report that states their need for extra time due to a specific learning difficulty, they are on their current school’s special needs register and they are in receipt of extra time in their current setting, children will be given additional time in their computer based entrance exam. Requests for extra time must be made at the time of registration.

For other year groups we will also provide additional time for candidates with a supporting educational psychologist’s report.

Please note that no specimen or past papers are issued

We aim to make our assessments appropriate for boys and girls from all educational backgrounds. Provided that their reading is well-founded, there should never be a need for coaching. Indeed, coaching may do positive harm, in that it can artificially raise a child’s level of attainment so that he/she has great difficulty in maintaining it later on and great unhappiness and tension ensues.

7+ and 11+ workbooks are obtainable online or from booksellers, and contain appropriate practice exercises.

For our 11+ computer test we do not provide practice materials but we provide a familiarisation website for parents and children. Please refer to:

https://www.intuproject.org/CEMSelect/CSFamiliarisation.swf

The purpose of the familiarisation is to help your children to understand the procedures involved, to introduce them to the look and feel of the assessments and the ways of answering questions through the use of keyboard and/or mouse. All children should have accessed the familiarisation website prior to taking the assessment.

Siblings and Children of Old Belmontians and Old Millhillians

All children are expected to meet our academic, personal and social criteria. However, priority will be given over children of equal ability, to children with strong links to the Mill Hill Foundation.