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How Do I Get My Child Into Liverpool College?

Put your hand up if you find the whole process of choosing the right secondary school for your child at the very least, stressful and at most, completely daunting and overwhelming.

There is so much local knowledge out there – firstly from the schools themselves who give detailed accounts of what you and your precious one have to do to gain access to their hallowed grounds.

Then there is the information you glean from other parents ‘at the gate’ – sometimes helpful but often wildly inaccurate and peppered with liberal red herrings so that you don’t apply to the same school as they want!

We aim to take the stress out of making this choice by providing you with firstly, the most recent admission statistics from the schools themselves, secondly, entrance tests criteria which may be 11plus or 11plus style and music aptitude developed in house by the individual school and thirdly blah blah blah. The tests consist of English, Maths and non verbal reasoning.

What’s this ‘Fair Banding’ test I’ve heard about?

So how do you set about applying for Liverpool College? Every applicant has to sit the fair  banding test which is delivered on the second weekend of October.

What’s fair banding?

Ten per cent of applicants to Liverpool College will be admitted on musical aptitude for the first time in 2017. Entrance will be granted following a musical aptitude test similar to the tests to gain entrance to Archbishop Blanch, King David & St. Edwards College. Details of what to expect in musical aptitude tests for Liverpool Schools can be found in our blog on music aptitude tests.

So, how many children get into the school in Year 7?

Liverpool College in the heart of Mossley Hill, is an oversubscribed “all through’ academy teaching 3 to 18 year olds. Last year’s Y7 intake was 140 places –  122 of which was their first choice, 15 who put it as their second choice and 3 pupils who…..

What’s OFSTED said about Liverpool College?

Liverpool College’s OFSTED judgement – the first in its entire 175 year history – was Good overall with outstanding in two areas: 6th form provision and behaviour and safety of the pupils. Liverpool College came 5th in the Liverpool School’s league tables in 2016.

How Do I Get My Child Into Bluecoat School?

Put your hand up if you find the whole process of choosing the right secondary school for your child at the very least, stressful and at most, completely daunting and overwhelming.

There is so much local knowledge out there – firstly from the schools themselves who give detailed accounts of what you and your precious one have to do to gain access to their hallowed grounds.

Then there is the information you glean from other parents ‘at the gate’ – sometimes helpful but often wildly inaccurate and peppered with liberal red herrings so that you don’t apply to the same school as they want!

We aim to take the stress out of making this choice by providing you with firstly, the most recent admission statistics from the schools themselves, secondly, entrance tests criteria which may be 11plus or 11plus style and music aptitude developed in house by the individual school and thirdly blah blah blah. The tests consist of English, Maths and non verbal reasoning.

Bluecoat School Liverpool

The 300 year old Bluecoat School in Wavertree is a non –  Denominational (not under any particular religion) selective secondary school with academy status.

How many children do they take in Y7?

Bluecoat has recently increased its Y7 intake to 180 pupils and your child could be one of them if he or she is successful in the 11 plus entrance exam.

So, what is this 11plus Entrance Exam I have heard about?

The entrance exam for Bluecoat School  takes place every October for the following year’s intake. Therefore your child takes the exam at the beginning of Y6. The test consists of : English – a reading comprehension and a piece  of creative writing, Maths and an Non Verbal Reasoning Paper. In  order to have a good chance of being able to do the exam, your child  needs to start preparing for it at least in the January of Y5 if not  before.

How do they select their intake?

The way it works is very simple – the top 180 children with the  highest aggregate scores get offered a place at Bluecoat School. You  are informed of the result before completion of the local authority  entrance form, so you will know whether or not to put it as first  choice. If your child is in the top 180 you must put Bluecoat School   as your first choice.

 

 

 

How Do I Get My Child Into St. Edwards College?

 Put your hand up if you find the whole process of choosing the right secondary school for your child at the very least, stressful and at most, completely daunting and overwhelming.

There is so much local knowledge out there – firstly from the schools themselves who give detailed accounts of what you and your precious one have to do to gain access to their hallowed grounds.

Then there is the information you glean from other parents ‘at the gate’ – sometimes helpful but often wildly inaccurate and peppered with liberal red herrings so that you don’t apply to the same school as they want!

We aim to take the stress out of making this choice by providing you with firstly, the most recent admission statistics from the schools themselves, secondly, entrance tests criteria which may be 11plus or 11plus style and music aptitude developed in house by the individual school and thirdly blah blah blah. The tests consist of English, Maths and non verbal reasoning.

St Edwards College Liverpool

St Edwards School is a large, over-subscribed voluntary- aided school set in Sandfield Park in West Derby. It is a religious school and is based firmly in it’s Catholic tradition with strong connections to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

How many children do St Edwards take in Y7?

In September 2018, St Edwards will take 150 pupils.  30 of these pupils will gain a place based on their musical aptitude which is demonstrated in the Musical Aptitude Test. A maximum of 15 choristers from the Metropolitan Cathedral are also included in this total of ‘music places’.

The remaining 120 faith places will go to baptised children in line with LA requirements (i.e. looked after children and children with SEN are taken first) then siblings and other baptised children next.

What is this Musical Aptitude Test?

The Musical Aptitude Test takes place in the late September before the year of entry, when your child is in Y6. There is one test for three schools: King David High School, Archbishop Blanch High School, and St Edwards. The test is about your child’s musical aptitude and not about what grade they have achieved in his / her instrument.

What does OFSTED say about St Edwards?

St Edward’s provides its pupils with an outstanding, all-round education. It, successfully, fosters an ethos that matches its aim to ‘provide a broad and challenging education …in which individuals are encouraged to fulfil their own potential, value the talents
of others and live life to the full’.

 

 

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