Our aim is to share with you information regarding your child’s exciting transition from primary education to the Senior School here at Gad’s Hill.
Decisions about your child’s secondary education are some of the most important you will have to make. Being a teenager in our modern society brings huge pressures, so you will want to know that they are able to broaden their horizons and take on increasing responsibilities in a supportive, nurturing community in which they are treated as individuals and held to high standards of conduct.
At Gad’s Hill, we are passionate about the work we do to develop independent young people who are well-equipped both academically and socially to fulfil their potential and their dreams.
Our small class sizes, educational rigour and outstanding pastoral care mean that whatever path your child follows, we are able to encourage and facilitate their journey – whether that leads to success at top universities, a job in the City, musical or acting careers or elsewhere.
We know that sixth forms and colleges are looking for students who stand out from hundreds of other applicants. That’s why, in addition to a broad selection of GCSE core and optional subjects, we expect our children to complete a wide range of additional qualifications in areas as diverse as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, First Aid, LAMDA or BTECs in Teamwork and Personal Development or a Level 2 qualification with the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Several of these additional qualifications are achieved through membership of our renowned Combined Cadet Force. These are courses that supplement a strong set of GCSE grades and mean that our children time and time again impress at interviews because they have real life experiences about which they can talk with passion and self-confidence.
You may have heard about the significant changes that have happened to GCSE qualifications in recent years. In addition to the change to a 1-9 numbered system, most coursework has been removed from the national curriculum in favour of rigorous, terminal assessment at the end of Year 11. In most subject areas there is significantly more content to be covered now than previously, and to a standard reserved previously for A-level study.
At Gad’s Hill we ensure that our pupils learn the expectations and form the good habits which are essential for GCSE success – habits which are far easier to develop at the age of 11 than 16.
The school puts a significant emphasis on pupil wellbeing: active, healthy, interested children who make time to pursue hobbies and activities such as music, sport or drama will time after time outperform academically those who do not. At Gad’s Hill, your child will have the opportunity to develop creativity alongside a strong work ethic, and leadership alongside friendship.
Indeed, our small community provides many of our children with the opportunity to take on important roles of responsibility, whether as Ambassadors and Prefects, or Subject Leaders, Heads of House and ranking officers in our Cadet Force.
Above all, your child will always be recognised as an individual. Never lost amongst a crowd, my teaching colleagues will quickly understand each child’s personal skills and interests, fostering remarkably strong relationships within a supportive atmosphere. The smiles on faces across the school are genuine and testament to something very special.
When can we visit the school to find out more about the Senior School and take a tour of the facilities?
Our next Open Day is due to take place on Saturday 9th October.
Prospective families wishing to visit us before then are welcome to contact us to arrange a private tour.
How can I obtain a prospectus?
Please click here and we will happily send you a prospectus pack.
What time will the Scholarship exam take place on Saturday 25th September?
The exact timings are to be confirmed. You will receive a further update early in September.
When will we receive the results of the Charles Dickens Scholarship award?
Results will be emailed to you within two weeks of the exam.
How do I prepare my child for the Charles Dickens Scholarship Award?
The examinations are similar to the Kent and Medway 11+ tests and students will be tested in English, Maths and non-verbal reasoning. There is no need to do any specific preparation for our assessment.
Can we still apply for a place in the Senior School, if my child does not sit the Charles Dickens Scholarship exam?
Children may apply for a place in Shell (Year 7) by completing the direct registration as explained in our admissions procedure. However, parents must accept that priority for places in Year 7 are given in the first instance, to children currently in Year 6 at Gad’s Hill School, followed by applicants who successfully secure a Charles Dickens scholarship. Information regarding the school’s full admission procedures can be found in the admissions section of the website.
Do you offer non-academic scholarships?
Yes, we offer scholarships for Sport, Art, Performing Arts and Music. Information regarding all the scholarships that are available can be found in the admissions section of our website. To apply for a non-academic scholarship, your child will first need to complete a successful taster/assessment day as detailed above.