Joining The Towers Family
We are delighted that you are considering The Towers for your child. If you are interested in finding out more please phone for a tour at a day and time to suit you (01903 812185) – even better if you can bring your son or daughter along to see our school in action.
Pupils are accepted from the age of four in the Juniors. The normal age of entry to the Senior School is at 11+. Parents seeking a place for a pupil will be invited to visit the school. They will then be requested to complete an application form and return it to the school with the appropriate non-refundable fee. At this point pupils will spend a taster day in the class they will join to experience life at The Towers first hand. When a formal application has been made the Headmistress will request information relevant to the candidate’s application and transfer from the Head of the current school.
The Towers is a non-selective school. Support can be offered to pupils who have a mild specific learning difficulty e.g. mild dyslexia. However, if the Headmistress feels that The Towers does not have the resources to help a pupil with special educational needs, a place will not be offered
Entrance examinations for entry in September are normally held in the preceding January/ February. All candidates over 11 years of age are required to sit English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning papers and to provide the Headmistress with their most recent school report. Senior pupils for whom application is made after February will also be asked to sit an entrance examination prior to admission. An Examination Fee of £50.00 is payable which should be submitted before the examination. To register for the next entrance exam please click here
Frequently Asked Questions for Pupils Entering Year 6 and Above:
What are the entrance papers?
There are three papers: Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Do you provide sample papers?
No, but very similar (11Plus) papers are available at WHSmith. Please be reassured however that if pupils are at a school which follows the National Curriculum then they should not have any difficulties with our papers.
Is entrance based solely on the results of the papers?
No. We take other things into account such as sporting and other achievements and the report from the pupil’s current school. There may be the rare occasion when we recommend that a pupil attends a different school e.g. if their learning disabilities are so severe that they would be unable to access our curriculum and would therefore not benefit from a Towers education.
Do you have scholarships?
Traditionally we offer Bursary awards, which are means-tested and normally given to senior pupils only. If you intend applying for a Bursary Award it is wise to submit your application to the Bursar in the January before the pupil’s intended start in September. From September 2017 we will be giving several Awards to Yr7 pupils, who excel in certain areas. Please see details of our Scholarship Programme in the Admissions section of our website. Pupils who are already in The Towers will only be required to sit entrance tests for entry into year 7 if they are applying for an academic scholarship. Both Bursaries and Awards entitle the recipient to a reduction of their basic termly fees only. This does not include extras such as residential trips, peripatetic lessons, clubs or external exam fees.
What should he or she wear on a Taster Day?
Pupils should wear their normal school uniform.
My child is unhappy at school can they start with you after half term?
Yes, as long as we have sufficient information to know that your child will thrive with us he or she can start at any time. If your child is at another fee-paying school we would expect you to give them their required notice and ensure that their fees are paid.