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Normanhurst School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:09 PM

Normanhurst School: a parents' guide to Year 7 entry


Normanhurst School is a small independent day school for boys and girls aged 2 to 16 in Chingford, North East London. It was founded in 1923 and became part of the Oak-Tree Group of Schools (comprising Braeside School, Oaklands School, Coopersale Hall School and Normanhurst) in 1996 under the ownership of the Hagger Family.

The school is committed to providing a family atmosphere. There are small class sizes which enable more personalised teaching and learning and close parent-school relationships, aided by an active Parents Association. There is a strong house system, with pupils joining one of two houses which compete good-naturedly in a range of activities. Older pupils become role models for younger pupils, and all have the opportunity to develop self-confidence and leadership skills.

As Normanhurst School only provides education to pupils up to the age of 16, pupils will continue their further education at other schools or sixth form colleges. Normanhurst School offers aptitude tests, careers talks and work experience to pupils in Year 10 and mock sixth form interviews with extensive feedback in Year 11. Pupils leave for a wide range of destinations, including Bancroft’s School, Forest School, Ilford County High School and The Latymer School.

Key information for Normanhurst School

  • Headmistress: Mrs Jacqueline Job

  • Address: Normanhurst School, 68-74 Station Road, North Chingford, London E4 7BA

  • London Borough: Waltham Forest

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 020 8529 4307

  • Age range and gender: 2 –16 (boys and girls)

  • Number of pupils: 265

  • Number of places in Year 7: 15 external applicants (pupils join those moving up from Normanhurst School’s Year 6 cohort)

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed but oversubscribed

  • Open day date: Thursday 6th October 2022, 6pm – register for a place online

  • Overview of selection procedure: Exam, parent and pupil interview and school report

  • Registration opens: Currently open – apply online

  • Registration closes: Not yet disclosed

  • Assessment date: January 2023 (exact date TBC)

  • Scholarship assessment date: TBC

Normanhurst School fees and financial assistance

The tuition fees at Normanhurst School from September 2022 are £4,375 per term. This includes the cost of school lunches.

A sibling discount is available for third and subsequent current siblings. While Normanhurst School does not provide bursaries (means-tested fee assistance), part-scholarships are available for pupils who excel in the admissions process for ability in art, drama, music, sport and academic excellence. The fee-remission for these is up to 25%.

Normanhurst School term dates

The term dates at Normanhurst School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December 2022

  • Half term: 24th October – 4th November 2022

  • Spring term: 10th January – 30th March 2023

  • Half term: 13th–17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 25th April – 12th July 2023

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

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to Normanhurst School

As Normanhurst School is small, there are only around 15 places available for external applicants in Year 7. If you would like to register your child for one of these places in 2023, you will need to complete the online registration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £50. It is advised that you tour the school with your child first and meet the headmistress in advance of this to discuss your child and the suitability of the school for your child’s education.

Candidates will sit 11 plus tests in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning in January 2023 (exact date to be confirmed). Both parents and the child will then be interviewed by the headmistress as part of Normanhurst School’s admissions process. For the parents, this is to explore the support available for the child at home and any relevant connection with the school, while prospective pupils are interviewed to explore their interests, attitude to school, personal qualities and ability to contribute to the school community. Normanhurst School will also request a confidential reference from your child’s current school and copies of previous school reports.

The school will make places based on whether the child meets the academic criteria (demonstrated in the entrance exam and school report), shows the capacity to engage with learning, is able to interact productively with other pupils in their year group and does not display a level of behaviour that is deemed to disrupt the education of other pupils. Normanhurst School will post the results to families during the February 2023 half term.

Normanhurst School 11 plus exam

The 11 plus exam at Normanhurst School consists of papers in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning. The English and maths tests assess pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum, while non-verbal reasoning assesses pupils’ ability to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures.

If you would like more guidance on these sections of the exam, take a look at the following resources:

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

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