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Reed's School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:12 PM

Reed's School: a parents' guide to Year 7 entry


Reed’s School is a day and boarding school for boys aged 11–18, with a mixed sixth form, in Cobham, Surrey. The Reed’s Foundation was established in 1813 by the Rev Dr Andrew Reed to care for and provide a day education for children who had lost one or more parents. Boarding pupils were first accepted into the school in 1958 and now make up 15% of the pupil population.

Reed’s School aims for all pupils to fulfil their academic potential and feel that “it is cool to be clever”. Pupils are encouraged to develop curiosity in the world around them, to question convention, and to desire to be the best they can be. Academic performance at the school has surged in the last 15 years; in 2022, 81% of GCSE grades were 9–7 (A*–A equivalent) and 89% of A level grades were A*–B.

The school’s core values of integrity, compassion, curiosity, resilience, responsibility and independence are facilitated through an extensive co-curricular programme. The major sports of cricket, hockey and rugby are regularly successful in national and county competitions, while an extensive range of additional sports is available through the games programme and activities curriculum, including football, rowing, go-karting, kung fu and shooting. Pupils interested in the creative arts have plenty of opportunities in theatrical life both on and off the stage, while a purpose-built music school forms the backdrop to a vibrant and talented musical community.

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Key information for Reed's School

  • Head: Mr Mark Hoskins

  • Address: Reed's School, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2ES

  • County: Surrey

  • Admissions contact: Rachel Morris – [email protected], 01932 869001

  • Age range and gender: boys 11–18 and mixed sixth form

  • Number of pupils: 795

  • Open day date: Saturday 6th May 2023 – may be likely to change due to the Coronation of King Charles III

  • Overview of selection procedure: ISEB Common Pre-Test, interview and school report

  • Registration closes: November in Year 6

  • Assessment date: November–December in Year 6

Reed's School fees and financial assistance

The current fees at Reed’s School are:

  • Day pupils in Years 7–8: £7,230 per term (including lunch)

  • Day pupils in Years 9–13: £8,995 per term (including lunch)

  • Boarding pupils in Years 7–8: £9,630 per term

  • Boarding pupils in Years 9–13: £11,640 per term

Reed’s School is committed to helping vulnerable children by providing a life-changing education. Foundation bursaries (means-tested financial assistance) are available for children who have lost the support of one or both parents through death, abandonment, mental or physical ill health, separation or device, and are in need of pastoral care facilitated through the school or have a financial need in the family. Financial assistance can be provided for day pupils of up to 50%, and more for boarding pupils. If you think your child qualifies for a foundation bursary, contact the foundation team for more details.

11 plus candidates may also be awarded an academic, art, drama, music, or sports scholarship for entry to Reed’s School. Scholarships are not means-tested but are awarded based on assessments held while the child is in Year 6.

Reed's School term dates

The term dates at Reed's School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 14th December 2022

  • Half term: 14th–31st October 2022

  • Spring term: 5th January – 24th March 2023

  • Half term: 10th–20th February 2023

  • Summer term: 18th April – 1st July 2023

  • Half term: 26th May – 5th June 2023

The term dates at Reed's School for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 13th December 2023

  • Half term: 13th–30th October 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 9th – 19th February 2024

  • Summer term: 16th April – 6th July 2024

  • Half term: 24th May – 3rd June 2024

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to Reed's School

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. Reed’s School holds regular open mornings throughout the year to give prospective families the opportunity to meet and talk with members of staff, hear from the headmaster, and tour the school with a current pupil. It is also possible to visit the school during the school week – appointments can be made by contacting the admissions office.

The next available admissions cycle for Year 7 applicants is for entry in 2024. If you would like your son to be considered for a place, you will need to start the admissions process by completing the online application form before early November in 2023 (exact date TBC) and paying a £150 registration fee. Art, drama, music and sports scholarships must also be applied for by the same deadline.

All children who are registered by the deadline will sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test between mid-November and mid-December in 2023 (see more details about what the test involves below). This can be taken either at your child’s school if the school is happy to invigilate the test, or at Reed’s School. Meanwhile, the admissions team at Reed’s will write to your child’s current school to ask for a report and character reference.

Your child will be invited back to Reed’s School in early January 2024 for an informal interview. This is an opportunity for your child to talk about their hobbies and interests. They may also be asked some academic questions of a general nature.

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All children will be automatically considered for an academic scholarship on the basis of their performance in the ISEB Common Pre-Test. Children who have performed outstandingly will be invited back for a scholarship interview with the headmaster in January. Co-curricular scholarships are assessed slightly differently:

  • Art scholarships: candidates will be invited to participate in a drawing class at Reed’s School and have an interview with the head of art to discuss a portfolio of their work.

  • Drama scholarships: candidates will take part in a practical workshop, write an essay, and have an interview with the head of drama.

  • Music scholarships: candidates should offer a first instrument (or voice) at Grade 3 or above. They will perform one piece on their main instrument and an additional piece on a second instrument or voice (if applicable). They will also have aural and sight-reading tests.

  • Sports scholarships: candidates should be representing their school and club at A or 1st team level in at least one of Reed’s School’s major sports (rugby, hockey and cricket), and have experience in one of the other sports (athletics, golf, tennis, squash, ski racing and swimming). Children will attend an initial assessment consisting of fitness testing and two non-specific sports games, following which shortlisted candidates will be invited back for a final assessment in February where they will be assessed in their two chosen sports.

Reed’s School will post a letter with the outcome of your son’s application in early February 2024. If your son has been successful and you would like to accept the place, you will need to confirm by early March.

The 11 plus exam at Reed's School

All 11 plus candidates for Reed’s School will take the ISEB Common Pre-Test during the autumn term of Year 6. This is an online adaptive exam – the questions become more challenging depending on how your child is performing.

You will need to register your son separately for the ISEB Common Pre-Test via the ISEB website. You only need to register your child once, regardless of how many schools you are applying for.

The ISEB Common Pre-Test takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Questions span four subjects:

  • English: 40 minutes available. The content covers reading comprehension and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).

  • Maths: 40 minutes available. Pupils are tested on Key Stage 2 maths, which includes number and place value, calculations, fractions, decimals and percentages, measurement, geometry, and statistics.

  • Verbal reasoning: 30 minutes available. . Candidates are tested on their logic and comprehension, including problem-solving techniques, trial and error skills, the ability to work logically, the ability to recognise suitable solutions, and knowledge of vocabulary and definitions.

  • Non-verbal reasoning: 36 minutes available. Pupils will be asked to analyse 2D figures and diagrams and look for patterns, and manipulate 3D figures and diagrams to visualise them in different ways.

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How to prepare for entry to Reed's School

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The 11 plus exam for entry to Reed’s School assesses a huge amount of content. Your child will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of the Key Stage 2 curriculum and beyond, with questions covering Key Stage 2 English and maths in addition to verbal and non-verbal reasoning, which are not taught on the primary curriculum.

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Your child can take mock tests for the ISEB Common Pre-Test multiple times without repeatedly seeing the same questions. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to see their results instantly, including their performance compared to peers and suggested areas for improvement.

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Engage with their progress

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