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Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep is non-selective and parents can register their child from birth.
We send boys to a wide range of destination schools. Roughly, a third of our 7+ and 8+ leavers go to Westminster/St Paul’s Juniors and the rest to a mix of good junior schools (King’s College, Wimbledon, Dulwich), prep schools (Wetherby’s, Sussex House, Westminster Cathedral Choir) and top boarding preps such as Summer Fields, Caldicott, The Dragon and Ludgrove.
The roll call of schools is impressive below are the schools.
|Alleyn's||Caldicott||Chepstow House||The Dragon School||Dulwich College Junior School|
|Eaton House Belgravia Prep||Eaton House The Manor Prep||Eaton Square||Falkner House||Harrodian|
|King's College Junior School||Knightsbridge||Latymer Prep School||Ludgrove||Summer Fields|
|Sussex House||Northcote Lodge||Papplewick||Parkgate||St Paul’s Junior School|
|Westminster Cathedral Choir School||Westminster Under School||Wandsworth Prep||Wetherby Preparatory School|
11+ at Belgravia Prep
A large number of our boys leave for these schools at 7+ and 8+, and they will continue to do so, but in 2018 we opened Belgravia Prep at our Eaton Gate site, taking boys on from age 8 to age 11. Parents will now have an additional option to let the boys stay on to sit 11+ examinations as well as the traditional 7+ and 8+ examinations.
We firmly believe that boys blossom academically at different rates and that this ability – to enter boys for examinations at 7+, 8+ or 11+ – provides the ultimate comfort for parents. They can now make decisions taking a short or a long-term view, as their sons' interests reveal themselves over time.
We also feel that emotional maturity can be a factor in entry to the top schools, especially at interview, and that some boys really benefit from a few more years here at Eaton House Belgravia. There is no 'one size fits all' approach here – each boy has a developmental rate that suits him and we are attuned to that, after more than a century of educating boys. The best thing is to make any decision on the welfare of the individual boy in question, without being swayed by other parents' ideas and plans.
When they do come to sit the 11+ examinations, prep boys who have stayed on will be confident and fully prepared. As a result, they will also be more likely to achieve the outcome of an offer from the school of their choice.
Preparing the girls for life beyond Eaton House is crucial to us. We want the girls to be discerning, capable, courageous young ladies who leave us feeling ready for the next step of their educational journeys.
Thus, as we watch the girls develop over the seven years they are with us, so we increasingly engage with parents about future schools.
Believing that it is important to find the right senior school for every girl, we do not feed to one or two schools but to a wide range of London schools, both day and boarding (see below). In the past two years, our girls have accepted places at over 20 outstanding senior schools, and we are continually looking to build strong relationships with more.
Visiting senior schools, meeting their heads, and learning about what each school has to offer is a significant aspect of Mr Snowball's role. As a result, he is able to guide and advise parents on the differences between the schools and the types of assessment they employ. Assessment methods may include testing in any combination of the following subjects: English, maths, science and reasoning (verbal and non-verbal), as well as interviews and collaborative group tasks.
Senior schools information evening
In the autumn term of each academic year, we invite parents of Years 4 and above to our senior schools information evening. This event consists of two sections:
- Firstly Mr Snowball talks to the parents about a range of topics and useful top tips that are worth considering when first starting to explore future school options.
- The second section of the evening is then given over to a guest speaker, usually the head of a senior school, who is able to provide parents with a wonderful insight on how the 11+ process is viewed from a senior school's perspective.
Following the senior schools information evening, we recommend that parents of Year 4 girls then do as much research as possible. This may, of course, involve analysing websites and seeking recommendations but, most crucially, should involve visiting as many schools as possible for either private tours or open days. Once the girls are in Year 5, parents are invited to discuss their thoughts with Mr Snowball with the aim of creating an initial long list. Over the course of Year 5 and into the beginning of Year 6, this list may well be whittled down slightly as parents register their daughter for the school or schools they wish her to be entered for.
Pre-tests and interviews are now being increasingly used by both day and boarding schools, and these largely occur between September and November in Form 6. Successful candidates are then invited to sit each school's own entrance exam, or, in the case of some of the boarding schools, the 11+ Common Entrance, on selected dates in November, December and January of Year 6. Parents receive the results of these examinations by the middle of February, and places need to be accepted by early March.
Throughout the years leading up to and including their final year, the girls are taught the skills and techniques required for all the 11+ assessments. During the autumn term of Year 6, the teaching process becomes increasingly bespoke with each girl given practice papers and more specific guidance for the different schools she is applying to. All girls entered for a practical scholarship (e.g. art, sport, drama or music) are supported and prepared by our subject specialists. For the vast majority of the schools our girls apply to, academic scholarships are awarded to the top-performing girls in the entrance exams rather than pursued through a specific scholarship route.
Here is the list of just a few of the schools that our girls have gone to over the past two years:
James Allens Girls School
No. Places Offered 13
No.Places Offered 1
No.Places Offered 2
Downe House School
No. Places Offered 1
No. Places Offered 6
Putney High School
No.Place Offered 10
Last year's results were outstanding; the proportion of scholarship entries awarded to top senior schools was the highest we have ever had. We are immensely proud of our leavers and all the offers they received.
All the familiar favourites are on this year's destinations list: Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Tonbridge, Westminster, St Paul's, and King's College Wimbledon, to name just a few.
Our boys leave us as confident, considerate, outward-looking, self-motivated young men who are excited to embrace the challenges of senior school and ready to take advantage of everything on offer to them. We pride ourselves on our deep knowledge of each boy and our close relationship with parents as we work together to navigate the senior schools journey.
Mrs Segrave has a close relationship with an extensive list of outstanding senior schools and will advise parents about all the advantages each can offer their son. Ensuring parents have the correct information about schools helps parents make informed decisions about the right school for their son and how the admissions process will work.
Parents are invited to our Senior School's Information Evening. Mrs Segrave will talk to the parents about the different admissions processes and what parents need to be doing at certain points in the coming few years. She will also cover useful tips when first starting to explore future schools. She will often be joined by a guest speaker, usually the head of admissions of a senior school, who provides parents with a further information on the admissions process from a senior school's perspective.
Vitally, parents must visit as many schools as possible for either private tours or open days so that they are able to get a real feel for what will suit their son and family. Parents will be invited to discuss their possible choices with Mrs Segrave with the aim of starting to narrow the selection down.
Pre-tests and interviews
Pre-tests and interviews are used by both day and boarding schools, and these largely occur in Year 6. There is currently a period of change in the 13+ common entrance landscape with a number of top senior schools moving to confirmed places at the Year 6 pre-test point. Mrs Segrave is at the forefront of this development and has met with Westminster and St Paul's together to hear what changes they will be making in this area.
As the boys approach their assessments we ensure they have all the required skills and techniques required for every assessment. Individual meetings with each boy helps prepare them for their chosen schools, along with practice papers, interview sessions and specific guidance for the different schools they are applying to. A large number of our boys are entered for scholarships. These boys are expertly supported and prepared by our outstanding and highly experienced subject specialists.
See below for some information about a few of our destination schools and places accepted in 2018:
No. Places Accepted - 1