From Lowers, girls are fully prepared for Senior School Entrance Examinations. This preparation begins with the introduction of specialist teaching, with Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning becoming a discreet subject. Parents work with the Headmistress and staff to identify the senior school that would best suit their daughter. Final decisions on choice of senior schools do not need to be made until the Autumn Term of the final year at Bramley, but it is advisable for parents to start looking at the choice available a couple of years in advance. It is important for staff to know which school each girl is likely to attend in the future, since very entrance examination is slightly different.
The Headmistress is always happy to discuss with parents the options available, since it is so important to look beyond the actual examination, to match each individual to the right school for the future. Most senior schools hold Open Days in the Autumn Term and parents would be advised to attend these initially, before seeking individual appointments with senior school heads. Every other year, a Future Schools' Evening is held at Bramley where past pupils and parents return with information about the senior schools which the Old Girls attend.
Details of senior schools and their entrance requirements are available from the Headmistress. Bramley has successfully prepared girls for the following senior schools: Woldingham School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Reigate Grammar School, Benenden School, Box Hill School, Sevenoaks School, Wallington High School for Girls, St Teresa's School, City of London Freemen's School, St John's School Leatherhead, Caterham School, Sutton High School for Girls, Rosebery School, Greenacre School for Girls, Francis Holland School, Dunottar School for Girls and Marymount International School. The Headmistress and staff would be pleased to prepare girls for any other school that the parents would like their daughter to attend.
At 11 years of age, girls are required to sit Common Entrance or Senior School examinations in Mathematics, English, Science, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Girls are prepared for and given practice for interviews.
Academic Scholarships include examinations in the above subjects and also Humanities and Religious Education. Girls preparing for a Sports Scholarship are required to make up a personal portfolio of all achivements and awards in at least two sporting areas which should be presented at interview to the senior school of their choice. The school will then test the girl on her sporting ability before an award is made. Girls preparing for an Art Scholarship are required to build a personal portfolio of work in different mediums and reflecting different artists to be presented at interview to the senior school of their choice.
For Music Scholarships, girls are required to play at least two musical instruments to Grade 3 or above. Girls are asked to play their musical instrument at interview to the school of their choice. Some schools, such as Reigate Grammar, award a Ragg Scholarship (an all-round scholarship) and in this instance girls should prepare a portfolio of at least two disciplines (Drama, Art, Music, Dance) which must be presented at interview. The girls are also examined in these areas. In addition, these girls must demonstrate high academic ability in the school's entrance examination. Scholarships are awarded to the girl who achieves the highest standard out of all the applicants. In the last three years, Bramley girls have successfully gained scholarships in the following disciplines - Academic, Sport, Music, Ragg, Art and Drama.