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At Stephen Perse, we want our pupils to have bright, enquiring minds. We are interested in what your child could achieve with us, rather than what they have been taught before.

Junior School

Our entry process includes assessments in English, Maths and non-verbal reasoning as well as an informal interview with David Hewlett, Head of Rosedale House. We want to discover whether your child can think creatively, generate ideas, and find interesting solutions to new problems.

Entrance testing dates for 2020

Kindergarten (3-4 year olds) January 9:30am-2:30pm

Thur, 16 January at Rosedale House

Thurs, 23 January at Rosedale House

Reception (4-5 year olds) October 12:30pm-2:30pm

Thursday, 3 October at Rosedale House

Thursday, 10 October at Rosedale House


Entry Assessment tests for Years 3,4,5 and 6

All entry testing for both Rosedale House and Dame Bradbury's will take place at Dame Bradbury's in Saffron Walden on 11 January 2020 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Assessments and interviews usually take place in January before a September start date but this can change to suit individual circumstances. Take a look at some reasoning papers before your child comes along to get some practice.

Thinking skills

Lessons are about so much more than learning facts and practising for tests.


Junior School

We also ask for a reference from the headteacher of your child's current school. This is an important part of the entry process as it allows us to see a much broader picture of a child than tests alone which can only provide a limited snapshot. School reports are usually requested in early December before entrance testing.

Pupils from Rosedale House automatically qualify to graduate to our Senior School at the end of Year 6.