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We have compiled a list of questions that parents are most likely to ask us in the early stages of the application process, – we hope it will answer some of your questions, and will be useful.

Should you have any other questions, please get in touch with the Admissions team and we will be happy to help.

Q. Are you a co-ed school? 
We are fully co-ed in Pre-Prep (Cambridge & Madingley), Dame Bradbury’s School and our 6th Form. Our Junior School is transitioning to co-ed currently, with boys and girls in all year groups from Sept 2017. Our Senior School will welcome boys in Year 7 from September 2017. Thereafter as each year goes by, the school will become fully co-ed. We operate a Diamond Formation of single-sex teaching for some subjects between the ages of 9-16.
Q. Can I visit the schools? 
Yes. You can come to one of our Open Events, alternatively you can book a private visit.
Q. What is it like when I visit the school? 
We are very happy to welcome you for an individual tour of the schools to see what life is like on a normal working day. You will be guided by a senior member of staff who will be on hand to answer any queries you may have - whether about our curriculum or about our lunch menu. Contact us to book a tour or find out more.
Q. What is the assessment process? 
For younger children the assessments are very informal. Our purpose is to identify bright, enquiring minds and we are looking for a child's natural potential. Generally the process is more about identifying your child's approach to learning rather than what he/she has been taught in school already. The interviews which last about 10 minutes are informal and we have a very relaxed atmosphere. At the Junior School we will take you round and give your child a chance to join in. We will assess how well he/she gets on with the children and then she will chat and play with your child for a short while. There are short assessments in English, Maths and non-verbal reasoning as well as the interview. With your consent, we also contact the current school to obtain a reference, at all levels of the Foundation, except for those children starting with us at 3.
Q. How do I register my child for a place? 
The first stage of the admissions process is to complete a Registration Form. Alternatively contact us for further information.
Q. Can I apply at any time of year? 
Yes. Tests usually take place in January before the September start, but we are flexible and understand that often you need a place at a new school at other times of the year due, for example, to a relocation for a new job. We can make arrangements for the assessments at a time which suits you.
Q. Do both parents have to sign the forms? 
We require a signature from both parents/guardians who hold parental responsibility, except in exceptional circumstances.
Q. Will my child automatically get a place in the next school up? 
There is an assessment that takes place between the Pre-Prep and Junior School/Prep, however it is very informal and happens during the school day and is more of an opportunity for staff to get to know the child in preparation for their move up to Year 3. Currently transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is automatic, subject to satisfactory academic progress. If there are any concerns then we would arrange a series of consultations with the parents, well in advance of either transition. Transition from the Senior School to the 6th Form is conditional on GCSE results; students are given conditional offers at this stage and the basic threshold is at least 70 points at GCSE.
Q. My child needs additional learning support, is this something you can accommodate? 
Yes; each of our schools benefits from the guidance of a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and if your child requires support we will work with you to ensure that his/her needs are met. In the event that our specialist teachers do not have the expertise necessary to plan for your child’s continued progress we would consult with an external specialist teacher with your agreement.
Q. Do you provide transport? 
We run a morning minibus from the Park and Ride sites at Babraham, Madingley and Trumpington as well as a minibus from Cambourne. We also have a mini-bus for Pre-Prep children attending Madingley. They can be dropped off at the Junior School at the same time as Junior School children to take the minibus to Madingley. The bus leaves the school at 8:15am and returns at the end of the school day arriving back at the Junior School at 3:30pm.
Q. Where are the schools? 
We have schools in Cambridgeshire and in Saffron Walden. See our contact pages for maps of each school's location.

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"Cultural diversity helps to make the school a rich and fulfilling environment for its pupils."

Isi Report 2014