Our Future Schools’ department takes a child-focused, collaborative approach to placing young Dragons into their chosen senior schools; meaning we share strong and long-established relationships with a wide selection of schools, nationwide. We recognise that children have differing strengths, and therefore working with parents to ensure a child is placed in the correct senior school can make for a smooth transition to a school in which they will thrive and enjoy success.
Along with the Headmaster and Deputies, the Future Schools team works closely with Tutors to monitor the progress of children with a view to working towards Common Entrance and Scholarships in Year 8.
The journey begins in Year 4 where the pupils benefit from Reasoning lessons, and these continue as part of their timetabled lessons until the end of Year 6. As the children move through the School, pre-test Preparation sessions are run during Activity and Club time, in advance of the ISEB Common Pre-Test and other school-specific pre-tests. This is overseen by Therese Luke, Head of Pre-Test Preparation and Reasoning.
To prepare for interviews, we have engaged with an external company to run an interview practice session for all Year 6 children. This is followed up with further practice with Tutors and other senior members of staff prior to any interview at a senior school.
We understand the magnitude of choosing a senior school for your child and therefore the Future Schools team and Deputy Heads are available at any point during your child’s education at the Dragon to advise on which schools may be potentially suitable for your child.