Normal entry is in September at 11+, 12+ or 13+, as a result of the Common Entrance Examination or through Benenden's own entrance examinations. In addition, there is also a small 16+ competitive entry into the Sixth Form. Occasionally a Fifth Form place may become available and entry to this is also competitive.
There are four stages to entry to Benenden:
A. 11+ and 12+ Candidates
Your daughter is registered by you and placed on our provisional list. We recommend registration at least three years in advance.
2. Preview Weekend – 11+ and 12+
Preview Weekend gives your daughter the chance to show us her abilities and interests in both academic and other areas. It also gives her the opportunity to get a taste of boarding, to meet some of the younger students already part of life at Benenden and to enjoy a lively weekend of fun and sociability.
All candidates will be asked to sit English and Maths assessment papers, undertake an informal interview with a Benenden staff member and in advance we will have requested a confidential report from her current school. The weekend, in the Autumn Term, is not part of the visiting process and is intended only for confirmed candidates.
For 11+ and 12+ candidates, this pre-assessment takes place 12 months prior to entry.
3. Examination for Entry
The main route for entry is via Common Entrance Examination. However, candidates who have not been prepared for Common Entrance will be asked to sit the School's own entrance examinations (English and Maths). If your daughter's school is unable to prepare her for Common Entrance, please contact Registry for sample papers.
4. Formal Offer and Acceptance of an Unconditional Place
Provided your daughter reaches our standard at Common Entrance/entrance examinations a Formal Offer of an unconditional place will be made. The Formal Acceptance of a Place completes a legally binding agreement and a Security Deposit is required.
B. 13+ Candidates
Your daughter is registered by you and placed on our provisional list. We recommend registration at least four years in advance.
2. Preview Weekends, Examination for Entry and Formal Offers
To bring the timeline for Benenden’s admissions procedure at 13+ closer to that of some other senior schools, we have decided to make changes to the assessment timetable. We will be bringing forward our point of assessment for candidates seeking 13+ entry in 2018 to May 2017 and for 2019 entry to September 2017. This move is designed to enable us to assess 13+ candidates two years in advance of entry, rather than one.
We believe this change is necessary so that parents of girls seeking at place at Benenden at 13+ are in a position to make decisions at an earlier stage and at more or less the same time as they may receive offers from other senior schools.
To help with the demands placed on girls in terms of testing for several different schools, we will be adopting the ISEB Common Pre-test for 13+ entry. We will therefore be in contact with candidates’ Prep Schools to request that 13+ applicants for Benenden have taken the ISEB Common Pre-test before they come to Preview Weekend, our overnight stay and assessment weekend.
- For candidates seeking 13+ entry for September 2018, we will be undertaking our pre-assessment weekend (Preview Weekend) on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017.
- For candidates seeking 13+ entry for September 2019, we will be holding our Preview Weekend on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October 2017.
The changes do not affect candidates currently seeking 13+ entry for September 2017.
From September 2017 onwards, Benenden’s 13+ pre-assessment will take place in Year 7, two years prior to entry, instead of one year ahead, as has been the case up to now. We will be making Formal offers of an unconditional place
Full details of the changes are highlighted in the Benenden - Changes to 13+ Admissions booklet which has also been sent to all registered candidates for 13+ entry in 2018 and 2019.
C. Candidates for Year 10 and the Sixth Form
Benenden has a small competitive entry each year into the Fifth Form (Year 10) and the Sixth Form. Offers are made on the results of competitive examinations, an interview and satisfactory school report. For Sixth Form entry, you should follow the standard registration procedures, as above.
Deadline for applications to be received for entry in to the Sixth Form and Fifth Form (Year 10) is 1 September in the preceding year of entry.
To find out more about Benenden's Admissions procedures, to arrange a visit, or to request a prospectus pack, please contact:
Registry, Benenden School, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4AA Telephone: 01580 240592