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Years 7-11

Important change to JCG Entrance Procedure for entry September 2022

Last year we changed the entrance procedure to reflect the challenges students had faced during the previous year and we know that the last academic year has also been difficult with some students missing learning time due to Covid-19 isolations. We have therefore thought long and hard about the best and fairest way to assess our applicants for JCG and we have decided to keep the procedure we used for entry September 2021.

Students will not be invited to take an entrance examination. The decision for admission will be based on the primary school's reference, including recently sat CATs data, and the student’s attitude to learning. All students with a CATs Mean score of 100+ will be considered for entry. The final decision will be based on the CATs score plus information contained within the Primary School reference. Please note that the reference remains confidential between the Primary school and JCG until the decision by JCG is made. Any student with less than 100+ Mean CATs score can opt to sit an Entrance Assessment if they wish to continue with their application. Any student who did not sit the recent Year 6 CATs tests will be asked to sit an Entrance Assessment instead.

I know that many students will have been preparing for the entrance exam, however, I hope you understand and agree with our decision to change our approach this year. Our decision was very much based on what we thought was best for our young people.

Our Year 5 Experience days will be taking place on the 7th,8th and 9th June 2022. If you would like your daughter to attend, please complete the details in the sign up form by clicking here.

Please do contact myself or Kate Robertson, our Registrar, if you have any questions.


Mr Carl Howarth


Year 7

The Entrance Exam for students wishing to join the College in Year 7 is scheduled to take place on the second Saturday in November. Confirmation of the exact date will be provided to you following your application being received.

The exam consists of three papers, all multiple choice in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. We are not able to sell past papers, however we do sell practice packs produced by GL Assessment (the examination body).

These can be purchased from the School Office during the school day or alternatively sourced directly from GL Assessment through their website. These are priced at £10.50 per subject and will also be available for purchase from the College, during the Open Evening in October.

Years 8 and above

Students wishing to join the following September, will sit English and Mathematics at the end of January in the same year or at other times according to the preferred date for joining.

We request student references from the Head of their current school for all applicants. The information provided to us will include your child’s current and predicted working levels and attitude to study. This will be strictly confidential in accordance with data protection.

*If you are in the UK or based abroad, arrangements can be put in place for your child to sit the entrance papers at your child’s current school, under exam conditions.