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					ENTRANCE EXAMS
Most candidates will take Casterton School’s entrance exams in January but
candidates who are attending a school that normally take Common Entrance
may take Common Entrance for entry at 13+ (Year 9).

CASTERTON SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMS
The examination for 11+ (Year 7) will consist of English (45 minutes), Mathematics
(45 minutes), Science (30 minutes), Spelling and Comprehension (approximately 30
minutes) and a Verbal Reasoning Test (45 minutes), with a separate practice test.

The examination for 12+ (Year 8) will consist of English (1 hour), Mathematics (45
minutes), Language (French or German) (45 minutes) and a Verbal Reasoning Test
(50 minutes), with a separate practice test.

The examination for 13+ will consist of English (1 hour), Mathematics (45 minutes),
Language (French or German) (45 minutes) and a Verbal Reasoning paper (50
minutes), with a separate practice test.

The examination for Year 10 will consist of English (1 hour), Mathematics (45
minutes) and a Language paper (French, German or Spanish) (45 minutes).

Various subject papers will be set for Sixth Form entry, depending on choice of
subjects for AS and A Level. Candidates from the UK may be accepted on their
GCSE results.

Specimen papers, except for the Verbal Reasoning test, are available on request from
the Admissions Office.

COMMON ENTRANCE FOR ENTRY AT 13+ (YEAR 9)
From information supplied by the Independent Schools Examination Board.

Enquiries concerning academic matters, examination entries, examination
administration, syllabuses, past papers and other publications should be made to:

                               The Administrator
                    Independent Schools Examinations Board
                       Jordan House, Christchurch Road
                             New Milton, BH25 6QJ
                      Tel: 01425 621111 Fax: 01425 620044
The Common Entrance examinations are used for assessing children who transfer to
senior schools at the age of 11+ and 13+. The syllabuses are devised and regularly
monitored by the Independent Schools Examinations Board, composed of
representatives from the Headmasters’ Conference, the appointed Girls’ School
Association and the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools. Examiners
appointed by the Board set the papers, but the senior school for which a candidate is
entered marks the answers. Candidates may normally only be entered if:-

a.    They have been offered a place at a senior school subject to their passing the
      examination or

b     They are entered for a trial run in which case the papers are corrected by the
      junior school concerned

Where candidates are at schools in membership of the Incorporated Association of
Preparatory Schools and at certain other schools and tutorial centres regularly entering
candidates, they are entered for the examination on a form provided automatically by
the Administrator.

In no circumstances may a private tutor, a relative or friend act as invigilator for the
written papers.

A candidate may be registered at a second senior school. It is important that parents
have previously obtained the agreement of that school to be a second choice. If a
candidate fails to gain entry to the first choice senior school, the scripts will be
forwarded by that senior school to the second choice school.
SUBJECTS
13+ English, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) French,
Geography, History, Religious Studies
Optional papers: English as an Additional Language, Latin, Greek, Spanish and
Mathematics III

Enquiries about which subjects should be taken, options, or possible exemptions from
taking some papers, should be addressed to the senior school for which the candidate
is registered.

HEAD’S REPORT AND TRANSFER RECORD SHEETS
A head’s report is required; it should be sent to the senior school two weeks before the
first day of the relevant examination. Transfer record sheets for each candidate are
also required. They are for junior school staff to provide junior transfer information to
heads of department in senior schools.

They should be submitted by the first Monday in June prior to transfer in September.
Head’s report pro formas and transfer record sheets are provided by the Board.

For future dates of the Common Entrance examinations for 13+ please contact the
Administrator of the ISEB.
CASTERTON SCHOOL ACADEMIC
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
AIMS
Scholarships are awarded to enable girls with strong academic, musical or artistic
potential from a variety of backgrounds who will benefit from the overall education
offered by Casterton, to enter the school.

The Charities Act of 2006 placed new obligations on registered charities that wished
to retain their charitable status. As a non-profit making trust in which all revenue is
devoted to teaching and learning, Casterton wishes to retain its status. A new test of
‘public benefit’ places an obligation on schools to ensure that scholarships, bursaries
and other awards should be made with parents’ financial circumstances in mind. The
Charity Commission’s guidance means that ‘needs blind’ awards regardless of
parental income do not demonstrably benefit the public. With respect to charities
charging fees, ‘public benefit’ is defined as enabling those who would not normally be
able to attend a school to do so.

All schools are currently having to re-evaluate their process for awarding scholarships
and bursaries. At Casterton we believe that there is still a place for honouring genuine
scholarship in a variety of disciplines and we shall therefore continue to offer
scholarships without enquiring into parents’ financial circumstances, albeit at a
reduced level. Scholarships can be awarded for either 5% or 10% of fees. This
percentage can be extended substantially if a financial circumstances form is filled out
and a bursary awarded.

Bursaries are available to assist those pupils who would not normally win a
scholarship or who sit a scholarship examination/assessment and do not win an award.


ACADEMIC AWARDS
The value of the Awards is normally 5% but may be up to 10% of academic tuition
and/or boarding fees. Scholarships may be supplemented by bursaries (see below).

BURSARIES
Some means tested bursaries are awarded. Please contact the Bursar for further
details.
DUTIES OF AN ACADEMIC AWARD HOLDER
An Academic Award is held subject to a girl maintaining a reasonable standard of
endeavour and conduct during her time at the school. There are no particular further
duties from an academic scholar, although she will be expected to set an example in
the way in which she approaches her studies.

FEES
The definition of ‘fees’ is academic tuition and/or boarding fees. Additional items do
not qualify for the discount. On registration parents should indicate that they wish to
apply for a scholarship or bursary.

ELIGIBILITY AND PROCEDURES
Scholarships will be awarded at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form (16+). Candidates for 11+
and 13+ must be under 12 or under 14 on the 1st September following the examination.
Girls sitting for entry to the Sixth Form must be in the final year of their GCSE studies
or equivalent.

All the papers set for the various Scholarships examinations need no special
preparation. The papers sat by Sixth Form candidates will be based on GCSE
syllabuses.

The questions are devised to test ability and potential rather than achievements alone,
and differences in the syllabuses that candidates have followed will be taken into
account.

Candidates will sit the examination papers at Casterton School in January. In addition
they will be interviewed by the Headmaster. Sixth Form candidates may be
interviewed by appropriate Heads of Department.

Current Head teachers are asked to write reports on their candidate’s ability, progress
and personal qualities, which will be given careful consideration.

There is no examination fee.

Parents are advised that should they apply very late in the year, all scholarships may
have been awarded. Parents who feel that the level of assistance available through a
scholarship will be insufficient, will need to fill out a ‘financial circumstances’ form at
the same time as they apply for a scholarship.
CONTENT OF EXAMINATION PAPERS
Scholarship papers will be set as follows:-

11+ (YEAR 7)

papers in:

English
Mathematics
Science
French
General Paper


13+ (YEAR 9)

papers in :

English
Mathematics
French, German or Spanish
Humanities Paper with sections on History, Geography and Religious Studies.

Specimen papers are available on request from the Admissions Office.


SIXTH FORM SCHOLARSHIPS
Papers will be set in school subjects of the candidate’s own choice. Candidates will
also be required to undertake an interview with the Headmaster, and Head of Sixth
Form.

Please note it is a requirement of Sixth Form entry that all candidates visit the school
prior to any place being offered, without exception.

A Sixth Form Award may be made to a girl already in the school who achieves
outstanding results in her GCSE examinations.
ART AND DESIGN SCHOLARSHIPS
Art Scholarships to the maximum value of 10% remission in academic tuition and/or
boarding fees per annum may be awarded each year.
They are valid for the student’s school career providing they maintain a suitable
standard of endeavour and conduct fulfils the duties required of an Art Award Holder.

DUTIES OF AN ART AWARD HOLDER
She may be required to:-

   • Make visual contributions to the School Magazine, newspaper and website as
     required

   • Take part in the School Christmas card competition and other similar such
     competitions

   • Undertake occasional Art & Design briefs at the discretion of the Head of Art

   • Exhibit work in the school and outside if the opportunity arises and it is
     appropriate.

In addition, Art Award holders would be required to take Art at GCSE level, AS & A2
level in order to retain their Award.

ELIGIBILITY AND PROCEDURES
Junior Candidates
On the visit to the school in January there will be an interview in which candidates are
required to present a portfolio of ten pieces of work. This should include a range of
materials and techniques with photographs of three-dimensional pieces. The
candidate will also be expected to give a five-minute talk about an exhibition they
have visited recently.

Senior Candidates
On the visit to the school in January there will be an interview in which candidates are
required to present a portfolio of ten pieces of work. This should include a range of
materials, techniques and sketchbooks with photographs of three-dimensional work.
The candidate will also be expected to give a ten-minute presentation about their
work, influential artists and designers, including recent visits to exhibitions and
galleries.

Candidates are required to submit reference from their school commenting on
academic ability, aptitude for Art and Design and personal qualities.

In addition, Art Award holders would be required to take Art at GCSE level, AS & A2
level in order to retain their Award.
SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP
Sports Scholarships to the maximum value of 10% remission in academic tuition
and/or boarding fees per annum may be awarded each year.

Any Sports Award is only valid for two years, providing the Award Holder maintains
a suitable standard of endeavour and achievement and fulfils the duties required.
These can and will be reviewed with a view to extending them for a further two years.



DUTIES OF A SPORTS AWARD HOLDER
She may be required to:

   • Participate in school matches

   • Be a member of the school team

   • Maintain a high level of performance and attitude in lessons and in practice

   • Promote sport throughout the school in leading by example

   • Undertake regular meetings with school games captains

   • Be prepared to participate in a range of sports when required.

   • Be willing to help coach younger pupils in practices and matches where time
     permits.



ELIGIBILITY AND PROCEDURES
Entrants for the Scholarship will be by proposal from the candidate’s school.
MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Open Music Scholarships to the maximum value of 10% remission in academic tuition
and/or boarding fees per annum, and free tuition in one instrument may be awarded
each year for the girl’s school career, providing she maintains a suitable standard of
endeavour and conduct and fulfils the duties required of a Music Award Holder.


DUTIES OF A MUSIC AWARD HOLDER
She may be required to:-

     Participate in school concerts, recitals and competitions

     Be a member of the school orchestra, groups or choirs as appropriate

     Undertake regular practice sessions

     Provide musical accompaniment for others if necessary for various school
     occasions.

     Promote music throughout the School by her example


ELIGIBILITY AND PROCEDURES
Awards will be made on the results of auditions and aural tests held at Casterton
School in January each year.

Heads of the schools are asked to write reports on their candidates academic ability
and progress as well as their musical ability and potential, and personal qualities,
which will be given careful consideration.
SELECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATES

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES
External candidates will normally be selected in the following ways:-


UNDER 12 and UNDER 14
The candidate’s performance in the Entrance Tests will be such that she is invited by
Casterton School to sit the Scholarship examinations.

The feeder school will put a candidate forward, and performance in the Entrance Tests
should give evidence to support this proposal.

The candidate’s parents will put her name forward, and performance in the Entrance
Tests should give evidence to support this proposal.


SIXTH FORM SCHOLARSHIPS
Either the girl’s current school or parents will put a girl forward for the Scholarship
Examination.


INTERNAL CANDIDATES
U12, U14 and Sixth Form internal candidates will be nominated by the school after
assessing a girl’s performance and potential.

Nominations will be put forward at the end of the Christmas term.

The Headmaster will contact the girl’s parents to seek their agreement and will later
discuss the matter with the girl concerned.


DECISIONS ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS
The final decision about all matters relating to Scholarships lies with the Headmaster.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
The Casterton School prospectus describes the broad principles on which the school is
presently run, and gives an indication of our history and ethos.

The prospectus is not part of any agreement between the parents and the school. Any
documents contained in the pack pocket of the prospectus are not part of the
prospectus.

Parents wishing to place specific reliance on a statement in this prospectus should
therefore seek written confirmation of that statement before accepting the offer of a
place.


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Casterton School is committed to providing equal opportunities in both its admissions
procedure and its pupils’ day-to-day education. A Pupils’ Equal Opportunities Policy
is adhered to, and is supplemented by an additional Disability Discrimination Policy -
both of which are reviewed annually and freely available upon request.

To ensure the effectiveness of these Policies, the school monitors the composition of
current pupils attending the school, as well as applicants for admission.

Any breach of the Pupils’ Equal Opportunities Policy - by either pupils or employees
of the school - is viewed very seriously and disciplinary action may be taken where
appropriate.


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                                      Casterton School
                                      Kirkby Lonsdale
                                          Cumbria
                                         LA6 2SG

				
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