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How to get into University College School at 7+

Rosie

Owl Tutor

July 31st, 2018

Are you hoping for your child to win one of the places at University College School at 7+? Read on! This blog tells you everything you need to know about the application process: from registering your child to applying, exams and the interview process.


Introduction

University College School is an independent day school for boys aged 4-18 in Hampstead, North West London (note: the school’s sixth-form is coeducational). Students can enter University College School via admissions points at 4+, 7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+. Approximately 60 boys aged 7 are admitted into three classes each year.

Before you apply

It is recommended that parents attend an open day with their child before applying for the school. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the school with a present pupil, talk to staff and meet the Headmaster. At the time of writing, the next open day was at 4.30pm on Thursday, 13th of September. Parents should contact the Junior Branch Headmaster’s Secretary on 020 7435 3068 to register.

For the academic year 2018/19, the fees for studying at University College School’s Junior Branch are £6,263 per term, which correlates to £18, 789. The school offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships, but these are only available to those entering the senior school.

Application

Registration is open until 31st October 2018. The application form can be completed online through this link:

https://www.ucs.org.uk/junior-branch-application-form

A non-refundable registration fee of £125 is payable when an application is submitted.

A confidential report will be requested from a candidate’s current school and this plays an important part in the selection procedure.

Assessments

Assessment for 7+ entry is a two-part process. In the Autumn term, all applicants are invited to the school is small groups. Parents will meet the Headmaster and have a tour of the school, whilst their sons are given listening or discussion exercises and a reading assessment.

In January, candidates are invited back for an official entrance examination that consists of English, Maths and Reasoning (both verbal and non-verbal). The boys will also be given the opportunity to play and provided with light refreshments during the 3 hours that they are there. In addition to the written tests, children will also be assessed on their social interaction and behaviour. As mentioned, the report from the child’s current school also plays an important part in the selection of candidates.

Results

University College School sends offers to successful candidates after the assessment day.

In order to accept a place at the Junior Branch, parents must sign an agreement with the school and pay a fee (£3,500 at the time of writing). This fee is non-refundable. Once a student starts, £3,000 of this fee is credited to the first term’s fees and the remaining £500 is held as a deposit against expenses incurred during a pupil’s last term in the School and will be returned (in whole or in part) at the end of that term. Families who are not successful at 7+ may choose to put their name of a waiting list, should a place become available.

Destination schools

Boys winning a place at 7 Plus usually stay at the school for the duration of their schooling in the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep School will move to the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Senior School. For a break-down of the destinations of previous Senior School leavers, please see:

https://www.habsboys.org.uk/University-applications-and-destinations


More about Rosie

Rosie qualified as a teacher in Primary education in 2016, and now works as a tutor with Owl Tutors.