Entry to Senior School

Entrance Examination for Year 7

The formal entrance exam for transfer and entry into the Senior School traditionally takes place in the January of the year of entry. However, following a review of our procedures, in order to keep pupils, parents and the wider community safe, the format of the examination for entry in September 2021 will be different to that normally undertaken.

Our entrance exam will this year take the form of standardised tests covering English, Maths and Verbal/Non Verbal Reasoning, and in addition we will be asking each child to complete a piece of free writing from a given choice of titles. Each entrant will also be interviewed by a senior member of staff and your child’s application will be supported by a reference from the student’s current primary school.

This thorough process will provide us with an overview of every child’s academic ability and potential together with their personal skills and qualities.

The date of the entrance exam has been published as Friday 29th January 2021; however the school has decided to invite children in on an individual or primary school group based system from Monday 9th November 2020 running through to Friday 29th January 2021 to complete the standardised tests. We believe that this will protect primary school bubble groups, the integrity of the entrance examination procedures and make it fair for all children as the school looks to award academic scholarships.

We are delighted that you are considering Bridgewater for your senior years and, all being well, look forward to welcoming you in September.

Please note: as these are standardised and age-related tests, no preparation or revision is needed.

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If you would like to register your child for our Senior School Entrance Examination, please contact Mrs Andrea Johnson on 0161 794 1463, or email johnsona@bwslive.co.uk and we will provide you with all the necessary information. Places for Year 7 will be offered at the beginning of February 2021.

Experience our individual approach for yourself

We strongly recommend you visit us ahead of the entrance exam and see for yourself why students are so happy here. Please email johnsona@bwslive.co.uk to arrange a personal tour of the school. You can also experience our Virtual Open Day which provides visitors with an opportunity to take a virtual tour and view all the uniquely individual features which set our school apart. View now>

Our highly experienced teaching team is committed to bringing hidden talent and undiscovered potential out into the light.


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