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Senior School Transfer

Ad Majora Paramour – we are prepared for greater things

At Barrow Hills we are immensely proud of the preparation we give our children for entry into their senior schools and learning beyond prep school.

We do not ‘hot house’ and our curriculum is kept broad and balanced all the way through to Year 8, giving children welcome respite from examined subjects and allowing those with particular ability to achieve scholarships in subjects like sport, design technology, art, music and drama.

11+ maths and English competencies are acquired over a number of years with children gently adding layers to their understanding of different concepts and working steadily to refine key skills. The Common Entrance syllabus is taught predominantly over Years 7 and 8 but again, subject skills are taught and honed over the preceding years.  ‘Academic’ scholars are identified at the end of Year 7 and follow a rigorous programme of differentiated work.

The School and parents work together to identify suitable senior schools for each child with any number of consultations taking place until all are confident with the choice and chosen path for preparation. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their preparation, asking their teachers for help and advice, attending study skills and revision groups and managing exam stress using taught techniques. We also provide opportunities to attend practice interviews.

In 2023 children again achieved one hundred percent pass rate at Barrow Hills. Fifty percent of the year group also achieved scholarships to their next school spanning academic, drama, design and technology, art and sport, underpinning the School’s commitment to providing children with a well-rounded education.

Scholarships 2021
King Edward’s Witley (Academic)
King Edward’s Witley (Art and Drama)
King Edward’s Witley (Sport and Drama)
King Edward’s Witley (Sport)
King Edward’s Witley (Sport)
King Edward’s Witley (Sport)
Prior’s Field (Exhibition for talent in hockey and netball)
Prior’s Field (Academic and Exhibition for Talent in Drama)
Prior’s Field (Academic and Exhibition for Talent in Drama)
Seaford College (Sport)


Scholarships 2020
Charterhouse (Sport)
Seaford College (Sport)
Seaford College (Drama)
Prior’s Field (Sport and Exhibition for Creative Writing)
Prior’s Field (Sporting Promise)
Cranmore (Academic)
Churcher’s College (Exhibition for Promise in Drama and Exhibition for Promise in Maths)
Leavers’ Destinations 2016-2021
Churcher’s College
City of London Boys
Duke of Kent
Edgeborough School
Eton College
Farnborough Hill
Frensham Heights
International School of Helsinki
Iona College, Brisbane
King Edward’s Witley
Lancing College
Lord Wandsworth College
Milton Abbey
More House
Prior’s Field
Reed’s School
Royal Grammar School Guildford
Seaford College
St Catherines, Bramley
St Edmund’s Hindhead
St George’s College
St Peter’s Catholic School
Surbiton High School
The Portsmouth Grammar School
The Royal Grammar School
The Royal School
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