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Tormead School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:58 PM

Tormead School: a parents' guide to Year 7 entry


Tormead School is an independent day school for girls aged 4–18 in Surrey, southeast England.

The school prides itself on nurturing flexibility of thought and resilience in its pupils – both key for future-proofing them in a world where traditional professions will be disrupted by the impact of AI and robotics. Tormead has been named an Apple Distinguished School for its use of Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration and make learning personal.

Due to the relatively small size of the school, every girl at Tormead is visible and well-known as an individual. Well-being is at the core of each child’s educational journey; every girl has access to a number of free and confidential counselling sessions per year, while a pupil support officer is available daily as a listening ear for any pupil.

Tormead School has achieved accreditation as a ‘World Class School’ through the High Performance Learning programme (HLP). This recognises those schools at the forefront of educational thinking with exceptional pupil outcomes. The school’s bespoke enrichment programme, the Beacon Programme, exposes pupils to topics beyond the normal curriculum and provides them with intellectual challenges through subject-based courses, cross-curricular projects and individual portfolios.

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Key information for Tormead School

  • Head: Mr David Boyd

  • Address: Tormead School, Cranley Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2JD

  • County: Surrey

  • Admissions contact: Mrs Jo Drury – [email protected], 01483 796040

  • Age range and gender: 4–18, girls only

  • Number of pupils: 740

  • Open day date: Friday 23rd September and Saturday 1st October 2022 – book online

  • Overview of selection procedure: activity morning, interview, school reference and ISEB Common Pre-Test

  • Registration opens: Currently open – apply on the Tormead School website

  • Registration closes: Monday 31st October 2022

  • Assessment date: Saturday 3rd December 2022

  • Scholarship assessment date: Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (art, drama and music) and Saturday 7th January 2023 (sport)

Tormead School fees and financial assistance

The tuition fees at Tormead School from autumn 2022 are £5,904 per term for pupils in Years 7 to 13. Lunch is an additional cost of £325 per term.

Tormead School is committed to broadening access by offering means-tested financial support to eligible parents and guardians. Entrance bursaries may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% of the school fees and may include assistance with additional expenses (such as school uniform, residential trips, school lunch and transport). The number of bursaries available each year is limited.

The school offers a range of scholarships to acknowledge and celebrate pupils’ achievements and talents. Available scholarships include academic, art, drama, music and sport, and are worth up to 10% of the current tuition fees (music scholars additionally receive free tuition at Tormead School for one instrument). All scholarships are renewed annually.

Tormead School offers a sibling discount for the third and subsequent daughters of a family (all girls must be in attendance at the school at the same time). The discount is one-third of the term’s tuition fees.

Tormead School term dates

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

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

  • Half term: 17th–28th October 2022

  • Spring term: 5th 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 Tormead School

Tormead School encourages families to visit at one of the published open events, or by arranging a one-off visit with the admissions office. After you have visited the school, you will then need to complete the online registration form and pay the registration fee of £125 before Monday 31st October 2022.

Girls who are registered will be invited to the 11+ Registered Candidates’ Activity Morning on Saturday 19th November 2022. This is an optional event, which will give girls the opportunity to join in a range of sports, creative, and academic activities as a taster of life at Tormead School.

All candidates will be required to take the online entrance exam on Saturday 3rd December 2022. Tormead School uses the ISEB Common Pre-Test for its 11 plus exam (see more information below). Every child is also invited to an interview on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

Academic scholarships are automatically awarded to children based on their performance in the entrance exam. If your daughter has applied for a music, drama, art or sports scholarship, she will undergo additional testing:

  • Art scholarships: candidates must submit a collection of their recent work and/or a selection of their sketchbooks on the day of the entrance exam. Shortlisted candidates are invited to an interview and a one-hour drawing test on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

  • Drama scholarships: candidates must submit a portfolio, which may include certificates from drama exams, photos and/or programmes from productions they have performed in and seen, and reviews of productions or reflections on workshops. Shortlisted candidates are invited to Tormead School for a 20-minute audition on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

  • Music scholarships: candidates should be playing at approximately Grade 4 or 5 standard on their principal instrument and show evidence of attainment on a second instrument. Auditions will take place on Tuesday 3rd January 2023, where candidates will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces of music on their principal instrument and one piece on their second and undergo aural and sight-reading tests, together with a short interview.

  • Sports scholarships: candidates must submit a one-page sporting CV. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day on Saturday 7th January 2023.

Tormead School sends the outcome of candidates’ applications to families on Friday 20th January 2023.

Tormead School 11 plus exam

All pupils applying to Tormead School for 11 plus entry in 2023 will take the ISEB Common Pre-Test on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

This is an adaptive online exam which covers English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. The English and maths sections are based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum taught up until the end of Year 5, while verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning assess children’s logical thinking and problem-solving skills.

It takes about two and a half hours to sit all four sections of the ISEB Common Pre-Test:

  • English: questions test comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • Maths: questions assess the topics of number, measurement, data, algebra and geometry

  • Verbal reasoning: questions are split across six different topics. In 2021, the topics that appeared in the ISEB Common Pre-Test were letter codes, homographs, antonyms, join the words, transfer a letter and number codes.

  • Non-verbal reasoning: questions are split over three topics. In 2021, The topics featured in the ISEB Common Pre-Test were pairing shapes, matching to a pair and finding a code.

Take a look at our complete guide to the ISEB Common Pre-Test for more detailed information about what the test involves.

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

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