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Young people usually join Denstone into the First, Third or Sixth Forms (National Curriculum (NC) years 7, 9 and 12) although we do welcome pupils into other year groups from time to time. Those joining the First Form are mainly from independent primary or state primary schools, and those joining the Third Form may have taken the traditional Common Entrance route from prep schools or come to us from areas which still operate the three tier system of education.
Candidates registered for the First Form will come to Denstone to sit entrance examinations in January or February before entry the following September. These examinations are in English, maths and science and are more or less equivalent in standard to NC Key Stage (KS) 2. First Form practice papers can be downloaded below. They will also have an interview with the Headmaster or a senior member of staff, and we always request a reference from a pupil’s present school.
Those registered for Third Form entry will come to us either through Common Entrance (through the Independent Schools Examination Board, ISEB), where their schools prepare them to do so, or they will sit our own entrance examinations in English, maths and science in the January/February before entry in the September. Third Form practice papers can be downloaded below. We always request a reference from a pupil’s current school.
For Sixth Form entry, the minimum requirement for pupils who are applying to join the College for their Sixth Form education is 16 points at GCSE. (Grade 9=5 points, A*/8 = 4, A/7 = 3, B/6 = 2 and C/5 = 1). Pupils will need a minimum of grade B in their chosen A Level subjects with an A grade preferred for certain subjects. Further details can be viewed in the 'Senior School Curriculum' booklet. Following registration we will request a reference from the pupil’s present school to include mock and / or predicted GCSE grades. A place may then be offered on the understanding that the pupil meets the minimum points requirement at GCSE.
A number of overseas pupils join Denstone for their GCSE and A level education, and we usually encourage applicants to come to us via an education agency based in their home country. The agency will then administer the examination and assessment process, although the papers are provided and marked by us. This makes the whole process easier for overseas families. Further information specific to our overseas pupils can be found on the overseas applicants page and in the overseas applicant information booklet.
Scholarship information can be found in the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards section. However, in entry terms, First Form candidates are invited to an assessment day in January of the year of entry when written papers and assessments in art, drama, design and technology and music will take place. Sport scholarship assessments usually take place earlier. The Admissions team will be happy to advise you of the current year’s dates. Academic scholarships into the Third Form will be awarded to successful prep school candidates after Common Entrance results are announced in June of the year of entry. Prep school non- academic scholarships are assessed in January. Those from schools which do not offer Common Entrance are invited to an assessment day in January of the year of entry, when written papers and assessments in art, drama, design and technology and music will take place. Sports scholarship assessment will usually take place earlier. Please do not hesitate to contact Admissions to guide you through this information.