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Babington House School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Mar 15, 2023, 2:23 PM

Babington House School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry


Babington House School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3–18 located in Chislehurst, on the edge of South East London. The school strives for academic rigour in all areas and encourages pupils to develop independent thinking and personal confidence.

Small class sizes at Babington House School create a strong sense of community. Every child is known as an individual, with pupils carefully monitored through tailored, well-directed learning and excellent pastoral care. Form tutors watch over the personal development of their class, while the school’s house and ‘buddy’ system help pupils develop self-discipline and concern for one another.

Babington House School sets a brisk academic pace. In 2021, 79% of A level grades were awarded A*–A, with 44% of GCSE pupils achieving grades 9–8 (A* equivalent). Many students leave Babington House School at the age of 18 for well-respected university destinations (many of them within the Russell Group) and degree courses including medicine, economics, business and law.

Beyond the classroom, pupils at Babington House School have plenty of co-curricular activities to enjoy, including competitive sports (netball, football, rugby, athletics, cross country, rounders and swimming), leisure sports (rock climbing, horse riding, trampolining and tennis), music and drama productions and artistic pursuits through fine art, textiles and product design.

Key information for Babington House School

  • Head Teacher: Mr Tim Lello

  • Address: Babington House School, Grange Drive, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5ES

  • London Borough: Bromley

  • Admissions contact: Miss Sophie James – [email protected], 020 8467 5537 (extension 222)

  • Age range and gender: 3–18, boys and girls

  • Number of pupils: 437

  • Number of places in Year 7: Undisclosed

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed

  • Open day date: Saturday 8th October 2022. Book a place online.

  • Overview of selection procedure: Entrance exam, school report and reference

  • Registration opens: Currently open – apply online

  • Registration closes: October 2022 (date TBC)

  • Assessment date: November 2022 (date TBC)

  • Scholarship assessment date: November 2022 (date TBC)

Babington House School fees and financial assistance

The senior school fees at Babington House School (relevant to pupils in Years 7–11) are £5,725 per term. This includes school lunches.

Bursaries (means-tested financial assistance) are limited in number and are normally only provided to existing pupils for a short period of time. For more information, contact the school directly.

Babington House School offers scholarships for academic, sporting, dramatic and artistic endeavours, in addition to an ‘all-rounder’ scholarship for pupils who show aptitude across a number of different areas. For more details about scholarships at the school, including fee remission, contact the admissions registrar at [email protected].

Babington House School term dates

The term dates at Babington House School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 9th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th–28th October 2022

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 24th March 2023

  • Half term: 13th–17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 17th April – 7th July 2023

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to Babington House School

If you would like to register your child for Year 7 entry to Babington House School, you will need to complete the online application form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £100 before the deadline in October (date TBC). The school is happy to admit young people at any time during the school year, provided there is enough space and that the child fills the entry criteria.

Once your child has been registered and the registration fee paid, they will be invited to Babington House School for a taster day and a school assessment. The school will also take up references from your child’s current school and will request two years’ worth of your child’s most recent school reports. Pupils are automatically considered for Academic Scholarships on the basis of the entrance exam, while pupils who apply for a co-curricular scholarship will take an additional assessment to test their aptitude in the selected area during the same week as the main entrance exam in November.

After considering the results of the entrance exam, the child’s references and school reports, the head teacher will discuss place availability with you at an interview. Babington House School applies the following criteria in order of priority when making offers of places:

  1. Children of staff

  2. Siblings of current pupils

  3. Date of application (based on two lists per class, boys and girls, to provide an equal gender split where possible)

Babington House School entrance exam

Pupils applying for Year 7 entry to Babington House School will take an entrance exam which assesses their academic ability and potential. This exam involves tests in the following subjects:

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at Babington House School

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