While applicants sit the ISEB pre-test at their prep schools in Year 6, there is no hard-and-fast pass or fail mark. It’s more about finding the ‘Cranleigh fit’; ie, are they prepared to have a go and get stuck in? Will they contribute to the school community? Holistic assessment days where the children take part in team-building exercises and discussion groups help the school find the all-rounders it’s looking for.
Children from Cranleigh Prep are exempt from sitting the ISEB if they wish to move on up to the senior school, which helps them avoid stressful senior-school entrance exams. Instead, the head of the prep will discuss each child’s individual suitability for progression with the senior admissions team. Around 85 per cent of the prep cohort join the senior school, making up around 45 per cent of the Year 9 intake.
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