Admissions

FAQs

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact the admissions office.

Tel: 01392 307080
Email: admissions@exeterschool.org.uk

AT WHAT AGE CAN CHILDREN JOIN THE SCHOOL?

Children can join at the main entry points of Years 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12, but if space is available they can join at other entry points.

We also have a pre-prep called The New School, based in Exminster, for girls and boys aged 3 – 7 years of age, from Nursery to Year 2.

HOW MANY CHILDREN IN A CLASS?

Class sizes typically vary through the school as follows:

  • In years 7, 8 and 9, class sizes are between 18 and 25 pupils.
  • At GCSE, class sizes are closer to 16 pupils on average with most classes between 10 and 22 pupils.
  • At A Level, the typical class size is 8 pupils and tend to range from 3 to 15 pupils.

One-to-one tuition, both within a classroom setting and outside, is one of the school’s strengths. Teachers happily make time for pupils at lunchtimes and break, albeit on an informal basis. Clinics to address areas of developments, for subjects such as Maths, ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A PLACE IN THE SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD?

You need to complete a registration form by 1 December before the year of entry.

WHAT IS THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS?

We recommend that initially parents visit the school on one of our Open Evenings or arrange a visit to meet the Head or Headmistress of the Junior School. This can be followed by a taster day for the prospective pupil. The next stage is registration followed by an assessment appropriate to the age of the child. If successful, a formal offer of a place is made and parents are asked to sign a contract within three weeks.

HOW DO YOU ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS?

Children of all faiths and none are welcomed to the school.

DO YOU TAKE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

Exeter School offers the Child Student Route via the UK’s Points Based Immigration System and we welcome applications from around the world to study alongside British students.

DO YOU HAVE BOARDING FACILITIES?

Exeter School has no boarding facilities as our international pupils live with local families in the local area.

WHAT TRANSPORT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

Exeter School has partnered with Vectare, a specialist school transport management company, and The Maynard School, to run a comprehensive school transport network, consisting of five routes from Ottery St Mary, Okehampton, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot and Exmouth.

This service is designed to reduce the number of vehicles on or around the school site, reduce our environmental impact, and provide a more convenient school run for parents.

Please take a look at our School Bus Service guide for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Bookings for all routes can be made via our dedicated transport website at exetermaynard.vectare.co.uk. This website allows you to enter your postcode, find your
closest stop and see bespoke travel information for your child’s journey to school.

Through the use of Vectare’s technology, you will be able to track your child’s journey to and from school, as well as being able to see when your child has boarded and alighted.

Vectare are responsible for over 1.5 million school journeys per annum, and any enquiries can be directed to their team via exeterschool@vectare.co.uk.

The routes set out on this booklet will only run if there is sufficient demand.

WHAT IS YOUR CATCHMENT AREA?

Pupils come from a very wide catchment area, but the majority live within easy reach of Exeter city centre.

WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF GIRLS AND BOYS?

There are approximately 42% girls and 58% boys currently in the school.  Some year groups are 50/50.

DO YOU OFFER LEARNING SUPPORT?

The school has two Learning Support Coordinators who work with pupils, teachers and parents to support our pupils.

WHAT PASTORAL SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER?

Pupils are supported by a team of house staff who act as the principal contact for our families. The Deputy Head (Pastoral), Pastoral Assistant, the School Nurse and specialist staff support children of different ages. In the junior school, caring form tutors, a well-qualified team of teaching assistants, a Pastoral Assistant and a Learning Support Coordinator are all there to offer advice, guidance and a sympathetic ear. The “Buddy System”, whereby mentors keep an eye out for and show younger pupils the ropes, goes a long way to ease the initial settling-in process for younger pupils.

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL HOURS?

  • Junior School – 8.25am until 3.40pm.
  • Senior School and Sixth Form – 8.30am until 3.55pm.

DO YOU OFFER A “LATE ROOM”?

Junior school – a late room is available until 5.30pm at no additional cost.

Senior school and sixth form – the computer suites and library are open after school until 5pm and 5.15pm respectively.

I REGISTERED MY CHILD SEVERAL YEARS AGO, DO I HAVE TO RE-REGISTER IF THEY APPLY AGAIN LATER?

No, a child is registered once and the registration can be moved forward to a later entry point, if required.

WHAT SPORTS DO YOU OFFER?

The main sports are rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, rounders and swimming. There are many additional sports options available including tennis, squash, shooting, cross country running and badminton. Football is played in the junior school and in the sixth form.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU OFFER TO GIRLS?

The same opportunities as are offered to boys.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

Current fees can be found on the Fees Page.

IS FOOD TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE?

Food technology is taught in the junior school. Sixth formers are taught how to cook as part of the Futures Programme, preparing them for life after school.

HOW MANY TEACHING STAFF PER CLASS?

There is generally one teacher per class, and in the junior school teaching assistants provide additional teaching support to our younger pupils.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BULLYING?

Please see our Anti-Bullying Policy

ARE THE CHILDREN ALLOWED OFFSITE AT BREAK TIME?

Only pupils in Years 11-13 are allowed offsite during the day, providing they have gained permission and have signed out.

WHERE CAN I BUY SCHOOL UNIFORM?

Uniform is available online from our supplier, Monkhouse. Their email address is: www.monkhouse.com. There is also a second-hand uniform shop.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS TAKEN ILL WHEN AT SCHOOL?

Pupils should report to the Bursary if they feel unwell and will be assessed by the School Nurse.

WHAT AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE?

There are a wide range of activities available in sport, drama, and music, and many clubs suitable for all ages.

AS WELL AS CCF, WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CAN PUPILS IN YEAR 10 AND ABOVE TAKE PART IN ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS?

At Year 10 pupils can opt to take up the Duke of Edinburgh award or can join one of the three CCF sections. In the sixth form, the Friday 8 programme is expanded with opportunities for pupils to take part in Community Service, the Sports Leader Award, join the musical group SWUNK or the Exonian editorial team, or take part in the Sixth Form Drama Club, delivering drama workshops to local primary schools.

WHAT RESIDENTIAL TRIPS DO YOU OFFER?

Residential trips, at home or abroad, are offered as part of the new pupil or academic programme. In the junior school, there are two residentials: one at the beginning of Year 5 and one at the end of Year 6. All Year 7 pupils spend a night camping on the school grounds. Trips to support learning in modern languages, art, history, geography, politics, classics, music and drama also take place on a regular basis.

WHY DO PUPILS STUDY FOUR SUBJECTS IN THE LOWER SIXTH?

We believe that it is important to have a broad and enjoyable learning experience, whilst further developing key study skills and keeping subject options open. The majority of pupils choose to continue with three subjects in the Upper Sixth.

DO CHILDREN AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE SENIOR SCHOOL FROM THE JUNIOR SCHOOL?

Providing a pupil is progressing well in the junior school, following regular assessment, the Headmistress of Exeter Junior School will recommend a transfer to the senior school at the end of Year 6.

MY CHILD HAS FOOD ALLERGIES. CAN THESE BE ACCOMMODATED?

The school’s kitchens can and do cater for a very wide range of dietary requirements and food allergies. The Catering Manager is happy to discuss the dietary needs of your child and arrange for suitable food to be provided.

DO YOU OFFER A VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN LUNCH OPTION?

There are hot and cold vegetarian options available every day, and vegan option on request.

WHAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CAN MY CHILD LEARN?

Pupils can access a wide range of instrumental lessons ranging from the piano to the trombone, though a network of music teachers that work with the school. The Director of Music can advise on the availability of a specific instrumental lesson.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CHOIRS OR ORCHESTRAS?

There are a large number of ensembles for all ages, both classic and modern.

DO ALL CHILDREN STUDY THREE SCIENCES AT GCSE?

Internal assessments at the end of Year 9 will determine if a pupil will study for Double Award Science or separate sciences at GCSE. Both paths are given the same amount of teaching time and are taught by subject specialists.

ARE PUPILS ALLOWED TO USE THEIR MOBILE PHONES?

Mobile phones are not allowed to be used by pupils below sixth form without the permission of a teacher. Pupils are allowed to carry their phones with them, but they should be switched off and kept securely in their locker or school bag. Pupils in the sixth form are allowed to use their phones outside of lesson time.

DO THE CHILDREN USE IPADS?

As part of our wider ICT strategy, we operate a 1:1 pupil owned, school-managed iPad scheme for pupils in Upper Two (junior school) to Upper Fifth. New pupils receive their iPad along with a thorough induction, when they join the school, most commonly in September.

More information on the scheme along with a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions is made available on pupil commencement on MSP, our parent portal.

We operate a ‘bring your own device’ scheme for pupils in the sixth form to ensure each pupil has a suitable device with them to participate fully in all lessons. There is a guide on our parent portal containing more information on specific device requirements, a set of frequently asked questions and links to manufacturers providing an education discount for pupils.

In addition to mobile devices, the school has a large well-equipped computer suite containing a network of high-quality computers used for computer science classes for all age groups. The suite consists of three computer rooms available to the whole school including lunch times and after school. The design technology building has its own computer aided design system, and the music department has a computer suite for music technology. All classrooms and departments in the school have their own networked computers. The internet, which is under supervision and is filtered for pupil use, is available in the teaching day and at lunch time in designated rooms.

All pupils and staff must adhere to an acceptable usage policy that promotes a mature use of ICT facilities.

MAY WE LOOK AT PRACTICE PAPERS IN ADVANCE OF THE ENTRANCE ASSESSMENT?

For junior school entry, pupils are given an opportunity to demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills as appropriate for their age during an informal assessment.

Please see the links for guidance notes:

7+ guidance notes

8+ guidance notes

9+ guidance notes

10+ guidance notes

At 11+ the following papers will be set for entry into the senior school:

English

This paper will contain a reading exercise designed to assess candidates’ comprehension skills and will also assess the ability to construct an imaginative piece of writing.

Mathematics

This paper will test competence in basic arithmetic and fractions (not including multiplication or division of decimals). Other questions will be designed to test the ability to solve problems using numerical skills for which no special techniques are required. Calculators are not allowed.

Computer-based assessment

There will also be an element of testing using computers. The test asks questions based on English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning, which includes multiple choice, drag and drop, and complete the word answers. The content is the same as required for the written English and mathematics papers. This innovative test provides a reliable, fair and comprehensive assessment for children whatever their educational background. The test is deliberately designed to be done without any prior practice.

Guidance Notes

11+ & 12+ English Guidance

11+ Maths Guidance

11+ Computer-based assessment information

At 12+ the following papers will be set:

English

This paper will contain a reading exercise designed to assess candidates’ comprehension skills and will also assess the ability to construct an imaginative piece of writing.

Mathematics

This paper will test competence in basic arithmetic and fractions (not including multiplication or division of decimals). Other questions will be designed to test the ability to solve problems using numerical skills for which no special techniques are required. Calculators are not allowed.

Computer-based assessment

There will also be an element of testing using computers. The test asks questions based on English, Mathematics and non-verbal reasoning, which includes multiple choice, drag and drop, and complete the word answers. The content is the same as required for the written English and Mathematics papers. This innovative test provides a reliable, fair and comprehensive assessment for children whatever their educational background. The test is deliberately designed to be done without any prior practice.

Guidance Notes

11+ & 12+ English Guidance

12+ Maths Guidance

12+ Computer-based assessment information

At 13+ the following papers will be set:

English

This paper will contain a reading exercise designed to assess candidates’ comprehension skills and will also assess candidates’ writing skills by requiring them to construct a written piece of an argumentative, informative or imaginative nature.

Mathematics

Questions are based on age-appropriate material including basic algebra, angle facts, harder fraction operations, and measurement of area and volume, amongst others. Calculators are not allowed.

Science

There will be one paper covering all three sciences that will take one hour to complete. Short questions are set based on the content expected to have been covered by the time of the 13+ examinations. They follow the style of typical Key Stage 3 assessments. Calculators are allowed.

Computer-based assessment

There will also be an element of testing using computers. The test asks questions based on English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning, which includes multiple choice, drag and drop, and complete the word answers. The content is the same as required for the written English and mathematics papers. This innovative test provides a reliable, fair and comprehensive assessment for children whatever their educational background. The test is deliberately designed to be done without any prior practice.

Guidance Notes

13+ Maths Guidance

13 + English Guidance

13+ Biology Guidance

13+ Physics Guidance

13+ Chemistry Guidance

13+ Computer-based assessment information

At 14+ the following papers will be set:

English

This paper will contain a reading exercise designed to assess candidates’ comprehension skills and will also assess candidates’ writing skills by requiring them to construct a written piece of an argumentative, informative or imaginative nature.

Mathematics

Questions are based on age-appropriate material including basic algebra, angle facts, harder fraction operations, and measurement of area and volume, amongst others. Calculators are not allowed.

Modern Foreign Languages

There will be short papers (30 minutes) set in French, German and Spanish. Candidates must sit ONE of these, depending on which language they have studied. The paper will contain some reading comprehension questions, which will be answered either in English, or by choosing from a list of options and writing the appropriate letter. There will also be some open-ended questions in the target language which the candidates will have to answer, writing in full sentences. The best candidates will show an ability to write about activities in the past, present and future, and to offer opinions.

Science

There will be one paper covering all three sciences that will take one hour to complete. Short questions are set based on the content expected to have been covered by the time of the 14+ examinations. They follow the style of typical Key Stage 3 assessments. Calculators are allowed.

Computer-based assessment

There will also be an element of testing using computers. The test asks questions based on English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning, which includes multiple choice, drag and drop, and complete the word answers. The content is the same as required for the written English and Mathematics papers. This innovative test provides a reliable, fair and comprehensive assessment for children whatever their educational background. The test is deliberately designed to be done without any prior practice.

Guidance Notes

14+ Maths Guidance

14+ English Guidance

14+ MFL Guidance

14+ Biology Guidance

14+ Physics Guidance

14+ Chemistry Guidance

14+ Computer-based assessment information

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SIXTH FORM?

To qualify for entry into the Lower Sixth, applicants and current Upper Fifth pupils need to achieve a minimum of three grade 7 and three grade 6 GCSEs as well as passing GCSE English and mathematics. Individual subject entry requirements are also detailed on the subject pages within this guide.

DO YOU OFFER A BUS SERVICE?

Following a number of requests from current and prospective families, the school ran a comprehensive review, culminating in the launch of a new bus service in June 2021.

Exeter School has partnered with Vectare, a specialist school transport management company, and The Maynard School, to run a comprehensive school transport network, consisting of eight routes from the north, south, east and west.

This service is designed to reduce the number of vehicles on or around the school site, reduce our environmental impact, and provide a more convenient school run for parents.

Please take a look at our School Bus Service guide for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is our inaugural version of such a guide, which sets out the wide range of travel options available to pupils at Exeter School. We have produced this guide to provide an overview of the proposed school transport network, and to provide further details, including timetable and fare information.

Bookings for all routes can be made via our dedicated transport website at exetermaynard.vectare.co.uk. This website allows you to enter your postcode, find your
closest stop and see bespoke travel information for your child’s journey to school.

Through the use of Vectare’s technology, you will be able to track your child’s journey to and from school, as well as being able to see when your child has boarded and alighted.

Vectare are responsible for over 1.5 million school journeys per annum, and any enquiries can be directed to their team via exeterschool@vectare.co.uk.

As this is a new venture, the routes set out on this booklet will only run if there is sufficient demand.

MY CHILD HAS SPECIFIC LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AND DISABILITIES - CAN THEY STILL ATTEND EXETER SCHOOL?

We welcome children with all specific learning difficulties and disabilities, and fully support them through their school career at Exeter School. Our learning support team advise teachers on how to support individuals with learning needs and are well trained to work with all children to help them achieve success. Exam access arrangements such as extra time, rest breaks and other adjustments can be put in place for entrance exams, GCSE and A Level. The senior learning support coordinator is a qualified exams access arrangements assessor so all support towards study and exams can be done in school. Pupils are seen regularly by learning support and any emerging needs will be addressed with your full involvement. We establish links with your child’s current school to ensure a smooth transition. Any access arrangements your child has at their current school will be made available for entrance exams, to ensure your child has the same chance as any other pupil. Learning support will contact your child’s current school to discuss what your child needs and advise the Admissions team, making the entrance exam experience as easy as possible.

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