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Senior schools are increasingly relying on verbal and non-verbal reasoning style tests for entrance (such as ISEB Pre-Test or CAT4 test) rather than traditional written papers. It is generally more difficult to coach children to do well with this style of testing, so resulting scores may be more representative of a child’s true potential. Knowledge based tests can be an unfair measure where children have been following a different curriculum.

New for this term, we have introduced weekly practice sessions for all our Form 5 to 7 pupils to help them become more familiar with the format of the test. Lessons will run through to Easter. I visited Form 7 on Friday in their lesson with Mrs Moss and they were really enjoying the sequence challenges!

Junior Prep children have been taking part in an Easter colouring competition to help decorate Colten Care home in Poundbury ready for Easter. The residents are going to be selecting the winning design and we have been told a prize will be awarded. Good luck everyone!

Our ever-popular School Council met this morning in the drawing room. They have quite a wide brief and are free to put forward new improvements to our curriculum, school facilities or ideas for charitable fund raising.