Admissions Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATION FORMS FOR ENTRY IN SEPTEMBER 2015 WILL BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM THE WEBSITE FROM 1ST MAY 2014.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ADMISSIONS GUIDELINES FOR YEAR 7 AND YEAR 9 ENTRY 2015

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR YEAR 7 FAMILIARISATION BOOKLET FOR ENTRY IN 2015 (further details are explained below)

Introduction

Reading School is a selective boys' grammar school with Academy status. The school caters for day boys and weekly boarders alike and being within the state-maintained sector, all the education provided is free.
 
All students must be entitled to hold a full British passport or to have the right of residence in the United Kingdom. Boarders pay only for their board and lodging.
 
Reading School has high academic standards, performing consistently well at all levels. In addition, music, sport and drama flourish. Rugby and cricket have strong fixture lists and most of the other sports are played to a high standard.
 
 

Year 7 Entry for prospective day students

For entry in September 2015, a boy's date of birth will fall on or between 1.9.03 and 31.8.04. All applications for day places should be made to Reading School and to the Local Authority. Applications will only be accepted for day or boarding and not for both.
 
 

Number of places available

There are 112 places in total comprising of 12 boarders (maximum) and 100 day-boys (minimum). Parents should appreciate that not all boys who are deemed suitable for a place at Reading School can be accommodated, as there are many more applications than places available.
 
 

Key Dates for entry to Year 7 2015

Registration forms available on school website - 1st May 2014

Open Evening - Wednesday 7th May 2014 - 4.00pm - 7.30pm

Open Afternoon - Tuesday 1st July - 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Closing date for receipt of applications at Reading School - 4.00pm Friday 20th June 2014
(registration forms will be available at the open evening on 7th May and on line from 1st May 2014)

Testing Date Day and Boarding Applicants - Saturday 13th September 2014
(tests are taken at Reading School)

Results sent out from Reading School - by first class post mid October 2014

Deadline for submitting application form to home LA - 31st October 2014

Offer Date from your Local Authority - 2nd March 2015

 

Nature of tests

The entrance tests will consist of two 50 minute papers, each of which assess verbal, numerical and non verbal ability.  Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to Key Stage 2 English and Mathematics, and to be able to apply these skills creatively.  These tests can only be taken once.  There are no practice papers for sale in respect of these tests.  A familiarisation sheet of questions will be available on our website.  They will be tests for which no additional preparation is necessary.

The raw scores will be age standardised.  The ranking is determined by the aggregate of the age standardised scores of both tests.  The entrance tests will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014.

There will be other schools that will be using the same tests as Reading School.  If your son takes our test after this date and is found to have taken the same test, then we will use the raw scores from the first test he took, even if it was at another school

Familiarisation Booklet for entry into Year 7

The familiarisation booklet can be found here.

This familiarisation booklet is designed to inform parents and candidates about the Entrance Test in order to:

• Give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment.
• Introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment.
• Inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure.
• Indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested.
• Highlight the range of answer formats used in the test.
 
This booklet also includes examples to indicate the range of skills required to complete the assessment and the manner in which questions are answered. This familiarisation booklet is NOT definitive and the inclusion of any question types does not guarantee that they will be found in the final assessment.  Please note: there are no commercially available practice test papers for these assessments.
 

Year 7 Entry for prospective boarding students

For entry in September 2015, a boy's date of birth will fall on or between 1.9.03 and 31.8.04. All applications should be made to Reading School and to the Local Authority for parents who reside in England. For parents who reside outside England, applications should be made to Reading School only. Applications will only be accepted for day or boarding and not for both.
 
Please click here for Boarding fees for 2013-2014.
 
Number of places available
There is a maximum of 12 boarding places available at 11+ entry. Parents should appreciate that not all boys who are deemed suitable for a place at Reading School can be accommodated, as there are many more applications than places available.
 
 

Dates

Registration forms available on school website - 1st May 2014

Open Evening - Wednesday 7th May 2014 - 4.00pm - 7.30pm

Open Afternoon - Tuesday 1st July - 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Boarding Open Days:

Saturday 8th March 2014 starting at 10.00am

Thursday 19th June 2014 starting at 5.00pm

Closing date for receipt of applications at Reading School - 4.00pm Friday 20th June 2014

(registration forms will be available at the open evening on 7th May and on line from 1st May 2014)

Testing Date Day and Boarding Applicants - Saturday 13th September 2014
(tests are taken at Reading School)

Results sent out from Reading School - by first class post mid October 2014

Deadline for submitting application form to home LA - 31st October 2014

Nature of tests

The entrance tests will consist of two 50 minute papers, each of which assess verbal, numerical and non verbal ability.  Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to Key Stage 2 English and Mathematics, and to be able to apply these skills creatively.  These tests can only be taken once.  There are no practice papers for sale in respect of these tests.  A familiarisation sheet of questions will be available on our website.  They will be tests for which no additional preparation is necessary.

The raw scores will be age standardised.  The ranking is determined by the aggregate of the age standardised scores of both tests.  The entrance tests will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014.

There will be other schools that will be using the same tests as Reading School.  If your son takes our test after this date and is found to have taken the same test, then we will use the raw scores from the first test he took, even if it was at another school.

Results
Reading School will post results of Year 7 entry tests to parents mid-October 2014. If your son is assessed as suitable for admission to Reading School, you may wish to list Reading School as one of your preferences on your Common Application Form. However being assessed as suitable for Reading School will not guarantee that your son will be offered a place as it is extremely likely that more boys will qualify for places than the School can accommodate. In this case we will apply our oversubscription criteria as listed in our Admissions Policy.
 

Year 9 Entry for Prospective New Entrants - Day and Boarding

For entry in September 2015, a boy's date of birth will fall on or between 1.9.01 and 31.8.02.
 
All applications for places should be made directly to Reading School and to the Local Authority.
 
Applications will be only accepted for either day or boarding, and not for both.
 
The closing date for applications for both boarding and day places is 31st October 2014.
Results will be posted by Reading School on 2nd March 2015.
 
 

Date set aside for tests for both boarding and day places:

Friday 9th January 2015.  Tests are taken at Reading School.
 
 

Nature of the tests

The Entrance Test will be in two parts:

Part One:             Verbal, Numerical and Non-Verbal.

Part Two:             English Comprehension extension question.

The Verbal, Numerical and Non-Verbal questions are set by a nationally recognised assessment body. The English extension question will test literacy. All tests are appropriate to Key Stage 3.

The results of the Part One Verbal and Numerical reasoning questions will be combined, standardised, and placed in rank order.

On the basis of this rank order, the top 30 candidates, in order of rank, will then have their comprehension questions assessed.  The results of the Verbal, Numerical and Non-Verbal tests, and the English extension questions will be combined.  The combined rankings will be used to determine the rank order of candidates.  These will be agreed by the Governors’ Admissions Committee and then forwarded to the Local Authority who will offer places by ranking and in accordance with parental preferences.

The entrance test will assess verbal, numerical and non verbal ability.  Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to Key Stage 3 English and Mathematics, and to be able to apply these skills creatively.  These tests can only be taken once.  There are no practice papers for sale in respect of these tests.  They will be tests for which no additional preparation is necessary.

Sixth Form Entry 2015

For entry into the Sixth Form boys must have achieved the equivalent of a total of at least 54 points from 8 GCSE subjects (where A*=8, A=7, B=6 etc) and at least a grade C at GCSE in Mathematics and English Language. In addition, it is expected that prospective entrants will have obtained a grade B, or better, in the subjects to be studied in the Sixth Form. Two exceptions to this are that an A grade is required for studying Mathematics and for a student who wishes to study Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics and has not studied separate sciences, then A grades are required in both Science and Additional Science.
 
Application forms will be available to download from the school website from 1st July 2014.  Closing date for applications is Friday 30th January 2015. 
 

Designated Area

All day places will be offered to applicants who perform well enough in the tests and who reside within the designated area. Only if there are further places available will candidates who live outside the designated area be considered.
 
The designated area consists of:
All post codes starting:
 
RG1, RG2, RG4, RG5, RG6, RG7, RG8, RG10, RG12, RG18, RG19, RG30, RG31, RG40, RG41, RG42, RG45.
 
RG9 1, RG9 2, RG9 3, RG9 4 & RG9 5
RG14 1, RG14 2, RG14 3, RG14 5, RG14 6 & RG14 7
RG20 4, RG20 5, RG20 6 & part of RG20 7 (east of A34)
RG26 3, RG26 4 & part of RG26 5 (north of A339)
RG27 0 & parts of RG27 8 & RG27 9 (north of M3)
 
GU15 1, GU15 2, GU15 3 & GU15 4
GU17 0 & GU17 9
GU19 5
GU46 6 & GU46 7
GU47 0, GU47 8 & GU47 9
 
OX10 0, OX10 8, OX10 9 & part of OX10 6 (south of A4130)
OX11 9
 
SL4 4
SL5 0, SL5 7, SL5 8 & SL5 9
SL6 1, SL6 2, SL6 3, SL6 4, SL6 5, SL6 6 & SL6 7