Admissions process

Mayville High School accepts pupils from a wide ability range, meeting individual needs via targeted 1:1 support, small teaching groups and extension activities. We welcome well-rounded pupils with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word, with interests that stretch beyond the confines of the academic curriculum.

The assessment process

The aim of the process is to identify potential. Mayville is looking for well-rounded pupils with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word, with interests that stretch beyond the confines of the academic curriculum. The school has strong traditions in music, drama, art, debating, community activities and sport. There are many extra-curricular activities, all of which are important in developing a well-balanced, confident individual.

How the entrance test works

No specific preparation for the entrance tests is needed. All candidates start on an equal footing, with identical opportunities to display their academic aptitude and extra-curricular skills.

All other candidates for entry below 14+ (Y10) will be seen on a 1:1 basis for testing, except for entry into Y7 (Remove) where there is standardised, formal assessment in Reading, Mathematics and Reasoning, along with a creative writing exercise and interview for external applicants.

The dates for the assessment process for entry into Y7 (Remove) are published on our website. We will offer places to candidates from our waiting list for Y7 after the closing date for acceptances.

International and overseas applications

We welcome overseas pupils who can study at Mayville, provided that they have a relative or legal guardian living in the UK with whom they reside on a permanent basis. However, parents of overseas pupils should appreciate that Mayville does not run a short-term study programme and expects overseas pupils to finish a complete course of study, such as Y7-Y11.

In order to cope with the high academic and social demands of Mayville, overseas pupils must be fluent English speakers. Normally, pupils should have been educated in English for at least two years before coming to the School.

Learning differences

Pupils with dyslexia may be assisted within the school’s own Dyslexia Unit, while the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinators monitor provision for those on our Able, Gifted and Talented Register.

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Nursery – Early Years Foundation Stage (2 years +)

Entry to our Early Years Foundation Stage is normally by a session visit and a meeting with the Early Years Manager. Our nursery feeds our Reception class. Therefore, it is assumed that pupils joining will be going through to Reception and subsequently into the Pre-Prep and Junior department. Please note that deposits will be refunded at the end of the Reception year, provided the correct notice has been given, unless the school did not allow transition from the Nursery to Reception, in which case deposits will be refunded at the end of the academic year during which the child was in Kestrels (the Pre-School.)

Entry to the Reception Class is normally by a day’s assessment and a meeting with the Assistant Headteachers Junior School or Headteacher. Priority is given to pupils within our own Nursery Department but there are usually spaces for children from other nurseries. Entry from our Nursery to Reception (L1) is not automatic because we have to ensure that we can cater for the needs of all pupils, keep an appropriate balance of abilities within the class and be certain that all pupils will be able to access the curriculum.

Pre-Prep and Junior School (4 years +)

Entrants to the Pre-prep Department or Junior School will spend a day at the School with the class of pupils they would potentially join.

During the day, they will be seen on a 1:1 basis for informal assessment. We run taster days every day of the week.

Following a successful taster day, parents receive an offer of a place.

Seniors (11 years +)

Internal (our own year 6s) and external applicants for the Senior School sit 11+ assessments in January of the year they would be joining. In addition, all pupils spend a day in the Senior School in the January before the start of their Y7 (Remove) school year.  We typically accept pupils from a wide ability range, whilst ensuring the appropriate balance of abilities within the year group.

Places are usually available from year 8 - 11 and entry will depend on a day’s visit and 1:1 testing, as well as receipt of a good reference from the pupil’s current school.

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