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Admission to Thetford Grammar School

Firstly thank you very much for your interest in Thetford Grammar School. We welcome children between the age of 3 – 19 throughout the school year. At each stage of their educational journey, there is a seamless transition supported by our outstanding pastoral care. It is possible for pupils to join the school outside of the typical entry points, subject to places being available and the admissions criteria being met.

The best way to find out more about the School and the opportunities available is to visit in person. We would be delighted to take you on a tour of the school and to meet the Head, Mr Brewer. Alternatively, we would be happy to arrange a meeting with the Head via Zoom or a telephone call.

With term in full swing here at Thetford Grammar School, we are beginning preparations for pupils wishing to enter Senior School in September 2021. Due to current restrictions, we have decided not to hold a stand-alone exam entry day. We are instead offering bespoke taster and assessment days to individual pupils, giving each child the opportunity to experience life at TGS for themselves. For pupils looking to enter Year Seven, this will be followed up in the new year with a team-building STEM day to meet their new peers.

The Admissions Process:

  1. Registration. Every parent is asked to register their child by completing the Registration Form and
    paying a non-refundable registration fee of £50. This does not constitute an offer or guarantee of a
    place at the School.
  2. Interview and Assessment. Prospective pupils and their parents will be invited into school to meet with the Head, this can be done via Zoom or Skype calls. Applicants will be required to sit an assessment in English and Mathematics. Some applicants may also be required to sit a Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning test to help determine suitability for admission. Applicants for the prep school will be required to spend a day with their relevant year group. Applicants for the senior school are also encouraged to spend the day with their year group, although this is not mandatory. With regards to the assessments, there isn't a set pass rate, they are more of an opportunity along with the time in school to look at the pupil as a whole. Alongside their ability level, we look at their approach and willingness to see if we are able to work with them and help them achieve the goal of high academic outcomes. A low mark does not necessarily at all mean that a pupil isn't capable with the correct support; when pupils are wanting to learn we will do our very best to help them achieve that. The assessment result alone is highly unlikely to mean that a pupil could not potentially attend the school. ​
  3. Offer of a place. An offer of a place may be made to those applicants who are successful during the admissions process. Any conditions of an offer of a place will be set out in the offer letter. An offer of a place will not be confirmed until satisfaction of any conditions of entry. An offer of a place at the School will be subject to the School’s terms and conditions.
  4. Acceptance of a place. Parents accept a place by completing the Form of Acceptance and paying an Acceptance Deposit of £250.