Make an enquiry

Please complete the form below and a member of the Admissions team will contact you to discuss your enquiry. Alternatively, you can contact the Admissions team directly on 01353 660702.

Please note that enquiries for all year groups in Junior can be made all year round, although visits during term-time are subject to availability.

Register

To register, please complete and return our Registration Form along with the appropriate registration fee.

Taster Days

Our Year 7 Taster Day for registered pupils in Year 6 will take place on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

The day commences at 08:30 and finishes at 15:00, and will take place with our current Year 6 pupils. All pupils are required to wear a tracksuit and not their current school uniform. Please bring a water bottle.Our Year 3-6 Taster Day for registered candidates in the year below will take place on Tuesday 23 November 2021.

The day commences at 08:30 and finishes at 15:00. Pupils are asked to wear their current school uniform and bring a water bottle.

Please follow the link below to book your place…

Taster Day Booking Form

Assessments

All registered children are invited to attend an assessment day during the Lent Term prior to September entry. We invite small groups of pupils in for a day in January (0830-1530), excluding Wednesdays. These commence on Monday 10 January 2022.

Assessments are carried out online in verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills called InCAS tests. The day will also include an informal interview with the Head, Mr Whymark. Your child will be asked to bring in an item they could discuss with Mr Whymark during the interview.

Children are invited to attend lessons and activities when not sitting assessments. Children should wear their current school uniform and bring a water bottle and snack for break time when visiting King’s Ely Junior for assessments.

ECGC voice trials for Year 7 applicants will take place on Saturday 29 January 2022.

Offer of a place

Offers are usually made by the start of February. Acceptances are due by the first Monday in March, in line with HMC guidelines. Extensions cannot be offered. Waiting list candidates will be kept informed via email of the availability of places, but positions on the waiting list will not be revealed.

Acceptance of a place

Parents are required to sign an Acceptance Form, which includes confirmation that they have read and accepted the school’s Terms and Conditions, and to pay the required acceptance deposit.

Induction

Joining details, uniform lists and house allocation is sent out by the end of May. The main Induction Days for King’s Ely Junior children starting in September is in mid-June each year. We are aware that not all new pupils are able to attend due to individual circumstances.

Information evenings

For parents of King’s Ely Acremont children, an information evening is held towards the end of the Michaelmas Term prior to September entry to introduce parents to the Year 3 team and deliver information about life at King’s Ely Junior.

Further Parents Information evenings are held in June for all parents who have accepted places for the following September.

Late applications

We welcome late enquiries after the January assessments. These can progress to registration and assessment subject to space in the appropriate year group. Please contact the Admissions team in the first instance.

Scholarships and Awards

11+ King’s Award A limited number of King’s Awards are made to current Year 6 pupils and applicants to Year 7.  There is no separate application process as invitations to apply are made based on Year 6 September testing (for internal candidates) and the January Year 7 entrance process (for external candidates). As a rough guide, only candidates with standardised scores of 120+ and a strong reference from their current school/teachers are likely to be considered for an Award.

Candidates will be invited to King’s Ely Junior for a series of interviews with the Head and a range of specialist teachers, and may be asked to complete further assessments. Academic performance and ability will be the main consideration but candidates will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate how they will seek to contribute to the wider life of the school. All candidates at this stage will be guaranteed an offer of a Year 7 place even if they are unsuccessful in gaining an Award.

The King’s Award is a one-off award to the value of £500, deducted from the first term’s fees in Year 7. Subject to performance and contribution, Award holders then have the opportunity to compete alongside others for (a maximum of two from) the full range of 13+ Scholarships to King’s Ely Senior when they are in Year 8.

Junior FAQs

Do I need share school reports with King’s Ely when making an enquiry? We request that a copy of your child’s latest school report is emailed to us prior to a visit.

My child has Special Educational Needs. Can we still apply for a place?
Most recent school reports and an Educational Psychologist’s report are requested before a visit and assessments.

Will King’s Ely contact my child’s current school when we apply for a place? Confidential school reports are requested after Registration and are considered before a place can be offered. Therefore, it is advisable for you to contact your child’s school in advance of registering at King’s Ely.

How can I help my child prepare for the online assessments?
We advise parents that children can prepare for our online assessments by learning to work quietly on their own, completing homework set by their current school, and by reading and trying to understand all the words in any books they read. Older children should also, wherever possible, be encouraged to try to solve problems by looking things up for themselves. Please contact Admissions to request a link to a video explaining how the InCAS tests work.

Does King’s Ely recommend any practice papers for Year 7 assessments?
We do not feel that parents need to subscribe to any commercially available materials or tutoring services in preparation for our Year 7 assessments.

Is my child required to wear their current school uniform on Taster Days and Assessments and what should they bring with them on the day? We ask pupils to wear their current school uniform and will email details out to your before the day, so you can prepare with your child.

Is there school on Saturdays? Pupils do not have compulsory lessons on Saturdays. There are fixtures on Saturday afternoons which pupils are required to attend should they represent a team. Other compulsory Saturdays are published in advance, such as Open Events.

Further questions

We are relocating and need to seek a place for our child mid-year, do you have availability?
Should you require a mid-term or mid-year start in a particular year group, please contact Admissions to enquire.
We need our child to stay at school beyond the end of the school day. Is this possible?
Day pupils can stay in school until 17:30, joining prep sessions and after school clubs. Following 17:30, day pupils can join the boarders for tea in the Monastic Barn, returning to Priory House thereafter. Flexi boarding and wraparound care are also available. See fees and charges for flexi boarding and wraparound care costs.
We would like to apply for a scholarship for Year 7 entry. Is this possible?
It is not possible to apply for a scholarship for entry into Year 7 or below. Following the CAT4 assessment, your child may be invited back to be assessed for the King’s Award. Please see the scholarship and awards section above.
We would like to apply for Financial Assistance with the fees. How do we do this?
Bursary applications are accepted for Year 7 upwards. In exceptional circumstances, applications may be considered for younger pupils.
Can my child bring a packed lunch?
All Junior pupils attend lunch in the Monastic Barn, where food is provided and inclusive of the fees. They are escorted there by a member of staff. Pupils do not bring packed lunches.
How do I accept an offer of a place and secure this for my child?
A deposit is payable to secure your child’s place at King’s Ely.
Can we tour King’s Ely Senior when we visit King’s Ely Junior?
Please make Admissions aware of your request and allow a little over two hours for your whole visit.