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Frequently Asked Questions

FURTHER INFORMATION IS CONTAINED THE IN THE ADMISSION NOTES

General Notes on Entrance Tests

The parents of any child currently in Year 5, who might apply for a place in Year 7 in September 2017 at any of the Consortium schools under the Test Criteria or Music Criteria will need to register with the Consortium. The best way to do this is via a website that we have created, but postal registration is also available.

PLEASE NOTE: this is only registering with the Consortium to do the tests, IT IS NOT AN APPLICATION FORM TO ANY SCHOOL.

Therefore, if you are contemplating applying to one or more of these schools, the form MUST be completed. The Consortium Schools are: Watford Grammar School for Boys, Watford Grammar School for Girls, Parmiter’s School, St. Clement Danes School, Rickmansworth School, Queens’ School, Bushey Meads School. You can go onto any of the school's websites to complete the Registration form. It should only be completed ONCE, this will cover all the Consortium Schools.

The school’s admissions tests are administered jointly by the South West Herts Admissions Consortium. Your child will sit one test regardless of which school/s you might later apply to, your child will not need to sit a different test for each school.

An electronic form to register for the tests will be available from

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 until Friday 17th June 2016. The website address is:

www.swhertsschools.org.uk.

Key Testing Dates for Secondary Transfer in Setember 2017

(Dates all in 2016)

Tuesday 3rd May

Online registration for the tests opens

Friday 17th June

Online registration closes

Monday 4th July

Parents informed of test venue

Saturday 10th September

Academic test

Tuesday 13th September

Music aptitude test

Friday 16th September or Tuesday 20th September*

Queens’ School sports aptitude test

Saturday 17th September

Bushey Meads technology aptitude test

w/c Monday 26th September

Start of second round music tests

Monday 17th October

Scores notified to parents

Monday 31st October

Secondary application deadline

 

 *Test allocated on an alphabetical basis which cannot be changed

Academic Tests

(Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning)

Sample questions for the Academic Tests, will be available on the Consortium website. There are no sample questions available for the Music Test.

There will be two tests, Mathematics (50 minutes) and Verbal Reasoning (approximately one hour to deliver, including practice examples for each section).

The scores are "age standardised". This takes into account the age range within the year group so that all have a fair assessment.

There is no pass mark for the academic test, places being offered strictly in descending order of each applicant’s standardised test score until the places are filled.

Academic Test - Special Consideration

If you consider that your child might be disadvantaged under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act, or has special educational needs which require the test centre to make particular provision for the tests, you must provide written evidence of this from your child's current school Headteacher. This evidence must be sent immediately after registering for the test. Please send a copy of the test registration confirmation email along with the written evidence to:

Test Co-ordinator

South West Herts Schools Tests

PO Box 2439

Watford,

WD18 1UZ

It is very important that you do this so the paperwork is received by

FRIDAY 17th JUNE 2016 at the latest.

If you have applied via a paper application please send the information along with your name, child’s name, date of birth, address, telephone number, current school to the PO Box address.

If you are unsure of your child’s eligibility for special provision, please contact any Admission Secretary

Music Tests

All applicants for Music will sit a written aptitude test. The test does not require any previous knowledge of music theory.

There are no practice papers for the Music Test.

Frequently Asked Questions

MUST MY CHILD SIT THE ACADEMIC TEST AND / OR MUSIC TEST?

If you are not applying under Criterion 1, 3 or 4 then you are strongly advised to enter your daughter for the school’s admissions tests provided for in criteria 7 and 8. (Please refer to the Admission Arrangements and the accompanying notes).

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE ACADEMIC AND/OR MUSIC TEST?

Those unable to attend on this date owing to compelling religious, medical or other reasons should notify the Admissions Officer at the allocated test centre as soon as possible and the applicant will be offered one alternative date.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD IS ILL ON THE DAY OF THE ACADEMIC AND/OR MUSIC TEST?

You should notify the test centre as soon as possible and the applicant will be offered one alternative date.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD LATER COMPLAINS THAT SHE FELT ILL DURING HER ACADEMIC AND/OR MUSIC TEST?

If your child feels ill on the day of the Test, you should inform the school so that arrangements can be made for her to attend on the alternative date. If she takes the tests but says afterwards that she felt unwell during them, there is nothing that can be done.

If she completes the test, her score will stand regardless of whether she felt unwell on the day. No adjustment can be made to marks once a test is taken.

IF WATFORD GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IS MY ALLOCATED TEST CENTRE FOR THE ACADEMIC TEST AND/OR MUSIC TEST, CAN I PARK ON SCHOOL PREMISES?

No. There are no parking facilities for applicants during the tests and cars cannot be brought onto the school grounds. Parents must register their child and then leave the building and the school site - returning at the time specified by the School.

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF THE TEST VENUE?

The Consortium will NOT contact you. YOU MUST keep checking your Registration on the Consortium Website for all information. This includes Test Centre Allocation for both Academic and Music, the marks achieved by your child, if MUSIC test is taken then the audition time will be on line. The Consortium will only contact you with confirmation of your Registration and at no other time. All the key dates are noted above. The venue allocated will have absolutely no bearing on any eventual applications or allocations.

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GENERAL

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPLICATION?

1. Send a completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF) form to Watford

Grammar School for Girls (This will be available from School from September

2016)

2. Send a completed Common Application Form (CAF) form to your own Local

Authority (the Authority to whom you pay your Council Tax) with Watford

Grammar School for Girls as a named School. (This will be available from your

Local Authority in September 2016)

BOTH FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE CORRECT PLACE BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

WHAT IS THE DFE NUMBER FOR WATFORD GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS?

9195403

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM (SIF) TO WATFORD GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS?

We will not know about your application and will, therefore, be unable to consider your daughter for a place in Year 7.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT SUBMIT A COMMON APPLICATION FORM (CAF) TO MY LOCAL AUTHORITY?

Even if you take the Academic and/or Music tests, we will not be able to offer your daughter a place

IF I LIVE OUTSIDE HERTFORDSHIRE, DO I STILL NEED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL?

No, but you MUST complete the Common Application Form for your own Local Authority (the Authority to whom you pay your Council Tax) with Watford Grammar School for Girls as one of your named preferred Schools.

CAN I APPLY IF MY POSTCODE IS NOT IN ONE OF YOUR POSTCODE AREAS?

Last year the school received over 599 applications from within the Admission Area for 180 places and, unfortunately, this means that, because of our over subscription criteria, applicants outside the Admission Area have no realistic chance of being offered a place.

Unless you are intending to apply to another school within the SW Herts Consortium, under whose admission arrangements your child would be considered for a place, there is no point in making your child sit the tests.

Having taken the test will not make your child eligible for a place unless the application complies with the rest of our admissions arrangements, principally that the child’s home address is inside the WGGS admissions area. Should you apply from outside the Admissions Area, even after your child has taken the tests, your application will merely be acknowledged and retained. Should it transpire that there are insufficient acceptances from applicants within the Admission Area to fill all the places, only then would your application be considered. This has never happened.

CAN I APPLY UNDER MORE THAN ONE CRITERION?

Yes, you can apply under as many criteria as are relevant.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CRITERION 2 (PROXIMITY) AND CRITERION 6 (DISTANCE)?

The distances of ALL applicants are measured and placed in order. Criterion 2 is the initial 10% of places that are offered. Criterion 6 Distance places are offered if there are any places left at the end of the allocations. We simply return to the distance list and continue to work down it.

HOW NEAR TO THE SCHOOL DO I HAVE TO LIVE TO QUALIFY UNDER THE DISTANCE CRITERIA?

This will vary from year to year depending on who is applying and where they live.

Information regarding the furthest child admitted under the Distance criterion for previous years is on the website under ‘Historical Information’. See Admissions Notes for more information on the measurement.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MY CHILD’S SPORTING ABILITIES AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?

No. This does not affect her application.

IS THERE A SCHOOL BUS FROM NEAR MY HOME ADDRESS?

There is no School transport. The School is a short walk from Watford Town Centre which is well served by buses. Many girls travel by train to Watford High Street station which is close to the School. Increasing numbers of girls walk or cycle to School.

NB: If the answer you are looking for is not here, please read the full Admission Notes.

May 2016