Entrance Assessments

Entrance Assessments

All students wishing to enter Bedford Modern School must sit our entrance assessments.

Assessment Dates

Note: Ages and Year Groups given are those which your child will enter in September 2021, not those in which your child is presently. All dates are subject to change.

Ages 7+ to 10+ for Junior School Entry into Years 3 – 6

Monday 11 January 2021Years 3-6 Computerised Assessments (7+ to 10+)
Tuesday 12 January 2021Years 3-6 Computerised Assessments (7+ to 10+)
Wednesday 13 January 2021Years 3-6 Computerised Assessments (7+ to 10+))
Thursday 14 January 2021 (if required)Years 3-6 Computerised Assessments (7+ to 10+)
Saturday 16 January 2021Years 3-6 Reading and Writing Assessments (7+ to 10+)

Ages 11+ to 14 for Entry into Years 7-10

Saturday 09 January 2021Years 7 – 10 Assessment and Interview Day (11+ to 14+)

Age 16+ for Entry into Sixth Form 

Saturday 16 January 2021Sixth Form Interviews (16+)

Our/Your Decision (Results)

Results will be sent by first class post on Monday 08 February 2021. We are unable to give results before this date. If an offer of a place is made it is accompanied by various forms. Completion and signature of the Acceptance Form indicates that you wish to accept the place offered and that you understand the Terms and Conditions of Acceptance.

The deadline date for acceptance is Monday 01 March 2021. Any places not accepted by this date may then be made available to late entry candidates.  If the School is able to offer a bursary award, the financial assistance details will be included with the offer letter.

Events after Enrolment

We hold Junior, Senior and Sixth Form New Parent and Student Information Evenings during the Summer Term prior to entry in the September. Information on uniform, term dates, tutor groups and so on, is provided and it is an opportunity to discuss any last-minute queries that you may have. Students will also meet their form tutors or Head of Year at these events. Junior School students, Years 7, 8, 9 and Sixth Form students will attend a Move Up Day in late June/early July.  Years 7, 8, 9 and Sixth Form students also have an induction day just before school resumes in September.

Entrance Assessments

Ages for entry are taken as of 31 August, eg candidates for Year 3 entry must be SEVEN but not EIGHT by 31 August of the year of entry into the School. The days of the assessments are deliberately kept as informal as possible by the School. We realise that it can be a very unnerving experience for candidates and so we do our best to put them at ease throughout the day. Bedford Modern School allocates children into different Year Groups using the following terminology:

Junior School

BMS YearAge (at the point of entry)
37
48
59
610

Senior School

BMS YearAge (at the point of entry)
711
812
913
1014
1216

Admissions Procedure

For all age groups a completed Registration Form together with the registration fee and a copy of a birth certificate should be sent to the Admissions Manager. We will then request a reference from the candidate’s previous school asking for general details on the student’s career there. Parents should always notify the previous school of their intentions to move their child.  Candidates requiring access arrangements, such as extra time or a laptop, in the entrance assessments must provide a report from a Specialist Teacher, Educational Psychologist or Consultant along with their registration form for this to be considered.

Entrance Assessments into the Junior School (Years 3 – 6)

The Junior School Assessment is split into two sessions:

Session 1 – a week day morning or afternoon in January

A series of computerised assessments, interspersed with breaks and refreshments. The computerised assessments are designed to test:

  • A child’s developed ability (non-verbal reasoning)
  • Reading ability
  • Abilities in general mathematics and mental arithmetic
  • Spelling (Year 5 and 6 only).

Session 2 – a Saturday morning in January

  • Reading – a typed passage will be provided by the school for the children to read. Questions will be asked to demonstrate understanding.
  • Creative Writing – a stimulus will be discussed and explored by candidates who will then be given approximately 15 minutes to plan their work and approximately half an hour to produce.
  • Fun Activities – children will be put into groups with children of the same age to join in a series of activities. Although they are designed to help them make new friends and feel more comfortable with the surroundings, they will be observed throughout the process for behaviour and co-operation skills.

Entrance Assessments into the Senior School (Years 7 – 10)

Year 7 candidates will complete five elements as part of the assessment:

  1. English creative writing – Candidates are asked to produce a piece of creative writing based on a piece of stimulus material provided
  2. Mathematics written paper – A paper covering written numeracy and basic skills in shape and space and data handling
  3. A series of computerised tests – Candidates will sit a series of computerised tests that measure reasoning with words, numbers, shapes and designs
  4. Interview – Candidates will have a short interview with a senior member of staff which focuses on their academic and co-curricular strengths and interests, which will also include an assessment of their reading ability
  5. Group activity – Candidates are placed in groups to carry out a series of activities designed to assess and demonstrate their ability to problem solve and work in a team as well as their leadership skills.

Years 8 and 9 candidates will complete five elements as part of the assessment:

  1. English creative writing – Candidates are asked to produce a piece of creative writing based on a piece of stimulus material provided
  2. Mathematics written paper – A paper covering written numeracy and basic skills in algebra, shape and space and data handling
  3. A series of computerised tests – Candidates will sit a series of computerised tests that measure reasoning with words, numbers, shapes and designs
  4. Interview – Candidates will have a short interview with a senior member of staff which focuses on their academic and co-curricular strengths and interests. In addition candidates will be asked to bring in an object they would be happy to discuss during the interview
  5. English Oral – An assessment where candidates will be given a passage to read aloud and then asked to answer questions relating to the passage.

Entrance Assessments into the Sixth Form (Year 12)

Applicants are strongly advised to attend a Taster Day which take place in November. To book onto a Taster Day, please call the Admissions Team, on 01234 332212. Once a student is registered, they will be invited to visit the School for an interview in January of the year of entry. They will have an interview with two members of Sixth Form staff as well as having the opportunity to meet current Sixth Form students who will talk to them about their experiences of the School. Whilst these interviews are informal, students may be assessed on their knowledge of their chosen subjects. Candidates will also be required to produce a piece of written work, which they must submit prior to interview and are expected to gain a minimum of Grade 6 at GCSE in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. Their ALIS* score must also be 6.0 or higher and they require a minimum of Grade 5 in both Maths and English.

*The ALIS score is a total of the GCSE grades divided by the number of subjects taken.

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