At this point in their educational journey at Falcons Prep, boys begin to expand their repertoire of subjects as they prepare to take their next step to senior school.
As a matter of course, we prepare pupils for general and scholarship entry to London day and boarding schools at 13+, varying their timetables, mock examinations and curriculum as necessary. Subject teachers give boys clear guidance on what is expected of them and the Director of Learning and Innovation supports them with a variety of revision techniques within their ‘Learning Habits’ lessons.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils follow an accelerated Common Entrance (CE) programme that, while not bound by the CE syllabus, ensures boys are well prepared ahead of joining their Senior Schools in Year 9. We are also committed to supporting those boys who may be considered for an Academic Scholarship, who may sit mocks in November using past scholarship papers.
After Common Entrance week in June, pupils participate in a wide range of leadership and team-building activities arranged by the Deputy Head – Pupil Welfare and Wellbeing. This provides the children with the opportunity to work with the teachers responsible for their last years of tuition in a more relaxed manner and to give something back to the school via a dramatic performance, staff barbeque, mosaic or artwork for display or a magazine, or similar activities.
Having registered by March prior to entry, boys are invited to attend a Taster Day, giving them the opportunity to experience life in the classroom and meet their peers. The day also gives us a chance to assess the suitability of each candidate through the delivery of an age-appropriate online reasoning assessment (InCAS) and informal observations, as well as an interview by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. A report from the boy’s current school is also carefully considered. Decision letters are then issued to parents by the end of April, before a welcome session in June and school commencing in September.