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St George's College Weybridge 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:28 PM

St George's College Weybridge: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

St George’s College is an independent co-educational Roman Catholic day school in Surrey for children aged 11–18. The school has distinctive Josephite traditions and a strong sense of community, helping all students feel valued and encouraged to fulfil their potential while instilling in every student a common respect and tolerance for others.

Pastoral care is particularly strong at St George’s College and has been highlighted as a ‘notable feature of the school’s success’ in the last two Independent Schools Inspectorate inspections. Two chaplains promote the school ethos and support students, parents and staff, while sixth form students act as mentors to small groups of Year 7 pupils when they first arrive at the school.

Students have plenty of opportunities to take part in a diverse range of activities. All students in Years 7–9 take part in at least two activities a week, with options in sports, music, drama and the arts. Children consistently achieve Bronze and Gold Awards within the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Exam results are higher than average at St George’s College. In 2022, 58.4% of GCSE grades were 9–8s (equivalent to A* and higher), while more than 60% of A level papers were graded A*/A. University destinations include Russell Group institutions and Oxbridge, while nine students secured places on medical courses.

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Key information for St George's College Weybridge

  • Headmistress: Mrs Rachel Owens

  • Address: St George's College Weybridge, Weybridge Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2QS

  • County: Surrey

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01932 839437

  • Age range and gender: boys and girls aged 11–18

  • Number of pupils: 1,025

  • Open day date: April and September

  • Overview of selection procedure: entrance exam, interview and school reference

  • Registration closes: November in Year 6 (1st November 2022 for applicants for 2023 entry)

  • Assessment date: January of Year 6 (4th January 2023 for applicants for 2023 entry)

St George's College Weybridge fees and financial assistance

The current fees at St George’s College Weybridge are £7,560 per term. Lunch is an optional charge of £400 per term.

The school recognises the significant financial commitment of independent education and has a bursary scheme in place to support families whose children meet the entrance requirements, but who would not otherwise be able to afford the fees. Fee remission of up to 100% is available for 11 plus candidates, and may include further assistance with the cost of school uniform, the school bus, exam fees, and academic trips. If you think your child qualifies for a bursary, you will need to submit an application by 31st October in the year before entry.

Scholarships are also available for 11 plus candidates. These are non-means-tested and carry 10% remission on school fees. The available scholarships for entry to Year 7 are academic, art, music, drama, and sport.

St George’s College does not offer fee discounts (sibling, clergy, or HM Forces).

St George's College Weybridge term dates

The term dates at St George's College Weybridge for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 13th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th–28th October 2022

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

  • Half term: 13th–17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 18th April – 7th July 2023

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

The term dates at St George’s College Weybridge for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term: 7th September – 13th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 4th January – 27th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 18th April – 10th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to St George's College Weybridge

St George’s College encourages families to have their first introduction to the school by attending an open morning (April or September) or making a smaller group appointment with the headmistress. If you then feel that the school is a strong possible choice for your child, you will need to register online before the 1st November when your child is in Year 6. Registration costs £125 per child.

All registered children will then take the school’s entrance exam in January of Year 6, on a date organised in consultation with other major independent schools. Candidates experience a full day at the school, including two tests in the morning, school lunch, and one test in the afternoon. They will also have an interview with a senior member of staff and will have the opportunity to get to know other children. Find out more about the 11 plus exam at St George’s College Weybridge below.

Children who perform extremely well in the entrance exam, and who have an outstanding reference from their current school, will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship. They will be invited back to the school for an interview with the headmistress, after which a scholarship may be awarded. If your child is applying for a co-curricular scholarship, there will be additional steps in the admissions process:

  • Art scholarships: these are awarded on the strength of the child’s artistic potential, which is judged by a personal portfolio of work, a timed observational drawing assessment in January, and an interview with the art department.

  • Drama scholarships: children who are likely to make an outstanding contribution to the school in drama may be awarded a drama scholarship. They will be assessed through informal group workshops, a short solo performance and an interview with the director of drama on a given date in January.

  • Music scholarships: eligible candidates should be working at Grade 4, while those who offer a second instrument and/or voice are at an advantage. Candidates will be invited to an audition in January, after which successful candidates will be awarded a scholarship.

  • Sport scholarships: these are awarded to children who are deemed to be highly talented at one of the following sports: hockey, tennis, netball, cricket, and rugby. There are two stages of assessment (first round in November and second round in January), after which successful candidates will be offered a scholarship.

After the exam day, St George’s College will make offers of places. The following criteria are used to determine entry:

  • The child’s family are sympathetic to the Christian, Catholic, Josephite ethos of the school

  • The child performs well in the entrance exam

  • A positive reference is received from the child’s current school

  • The family have shown an interest in sending their child to the school, demonstrated by attending an open event

  • A sibling is already studying at the school, or the family has previous connections

  • The candidate is a pupil at St George’s Junior School

St George's College Weybridge 11 plus exam

All children who are registered for 11 plus entry to St George’s College Weybridge will take written and computerised tests on the school site in January of Year 6.

Verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning are both tested online using the CEM Select assessment. This is a non-adaptive test with six sections, covering English comprehension, anagrams, missing words, shuffled sentences, general maths and pictures. The exam has a time allowance of 50 minutes, which means that children will need to work quickly, read the question carefully, and trust their instincts. Take a look at our guide to the CEM Select exam for more information and to see the types of questions your child might encounter.

CEM Select: everything you need to know

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In addition to the verbal and non-verbal reasoning test, children will take two written papers which are set internally by the school:

  • English: a one-hour paper split in two halves. The first section is a reading comprehension task – children will read a passage then answer multiple-choice questions to demonstrate their understanding of the text. The second section is an extended writing task – children will need to demonstrate their creativity and will be tested on the quality and accuracy of their writing, including spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • Maths: a non-calculator paper which has a time limit of 45 minutes. Children will be assessed on their knowledge and application of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum. Find out what this involves and see the types of questions your child might be asked.

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at St George's College Weybridge

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