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The Cedars School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:03 PM

The Cedars School: a parents' guide to Year 7 entry


The Cedars School is a small Roman Catholic independent day school for boys aged 11–18 in South London. It was established in 2013 by the PACT Educational Trust – a not-for-profit organisation founded by a group of Catholic parents and educators. The school has recently relocated from Croydon to a new site Upper Norwood, which it shares with its sister school The Laurels, allowing more space for current and future students.

The school focuses on personal growth for each boy, helping him to acquire moral, intellectual and social virtues within the framework of Catholic principles. The development of the four core human virtues of personal responsibility, good judgement, resilience and self-control are pivotal to the school’s ethos.

The Cedars School enjoyed success in the 2021 exam results. 40% of GCSE grades were 9 and 8 (equivalent to the old A*) and just under half of A level students received all grades at A* and A.

Key information for The Cedars School

  • Headteacher: Robert Teague

  • Address: The Cedars School, 147 Central Hill, Upper Norwood, London SE19 1RS

  • London Borough: Southwark

  • Admissions contact: Ms Norman – [email protected], 020 8185 7770

  • Age range and gender: 11–18 (boys)

  • Number of pupils: 238

  • Number of places in Year 7: up to 66 (three forms of 22)

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed

  • Open day date: Saturday 17th September 2022

  • Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry: Entrance exam, interview (of both child and parent) and school reference

  • Registration deadline: Friday 18th November 2022

  • Assessment date for Year 7 entry: Wednesday 30th November 2022

  • Scholarship assessment date: Wednesday 30th November 2022

The Cedars School fees and financial assistance

The termly fees for The Cedars School in 2022-23 are £5,190 for boys in Years 7–11. The school applies an automatic sibling discount of 25% for families whose third child (and after) attends the school. The Cedars School provides means-tested bursaries at discretion – to find out more and to apply, contact the school directly.

The following scholarships are available at The Cedars School:

  • Art Scholarships: discretionary discount on school fees

  • Music Scholarships: discretionary discount on school fees

  • Music Exhibitioner Award: free instrumental or vocal lessons on one instrument

  • Sports Scholarships: discretionary discount on school fees

The Cedars School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for The Cedars School are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 5th September – 16th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th October – 28th October 2022

  • Spring term (Hilary): 9th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term (Trinity): 18th April – 7th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Admissions process for The Cedars School

If you would like to register your son for The Cedars School, you will need to complete the online application form before the deadline of Friday 18th November 2022. If you are applying for a bursary and/or a scholarship, applications will need to submitted by the same date.

All candidates will sit the school’s entrance exam (consisting of papers in English and maths) on the morning of Wednesday 30th November 2022 and will have an interview with a senior member of staff during the afternoon. Candidates who are applying for Art, Music or Sports Scholarships will also have separate assessments on the same afternoon:

  • Art Scholarships: Candidates will need to bring a portfolio of completed work to the assessment day. They will also undergo an art activity to complete in a workshop setting (90 minutes) and will discuss their work and any art exhibitions they have enjoyed in a short interview with the Head of Art.

  • Music Scholarships: 15-20 minute audition. Children will need to play at least one piece on their principal instrument, demonstrate that they can read at sight and do an ear test as appropriate to their technical standard.

  • Sport Scholarships: Children will undergo a physical performance assessment, which comprises fitness testing, spatial awareness and ball skills, and a core sports test.

Unusually, parents of boys applying to The Cedars School will have a separate interview in January 2023. The school will post its offers to parents on Friday 10th February 2023, with places needing to be accepted by Monday 6th March 2023.

The Cedars School entrance exam format

All applicants to The Cedars School will sit the school’s own papers in English and maths:

  • English: 1 hour. Consists of a reading comprehension section (35 minutes) and a writing section (25 minutes).

  • Maths: 1 hour. The questions are aligned to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.

Sample papers are available on The Cedars School website. You may also find the following guides helpful:

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

As the entrance exam for The Cedars School will include Key Stage 2 National Curriculum content in English and maths, make sure that your child is familiar with everything they have covered in these subject areas at school up until the end of Year 5. Atom Nucleus, our online platform for home, covers the entire KS2 core curriculum in an interactive, engaging way:

Maths learning journey on Atom Nucleus

Regular reading time alongside revision will help your child boost their vocabulary and concentration. As the exam day gets closer, we suggest that your child completes online mock tests to help practice time management. Atom Learning has 11 plus practice papers available in English and maths:

A typical mock test on Atom Nucleus

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