Academic Information

Assessment, Reports, Grades & Exams

Every child in the school receives a full written report twice a year.  In addition, at the Autumn half-term and end of the spring term, girls from Lowers upwards are given grades which show both effort and attainment. Grades are as follows:

Achievement Effort
A Well above national standard 1 Excellent
1/2 Very Good
B Above national standard 2 Good
2/3 Sometimes good/sometimes satisfactory
C Average national standard 3 Satisfactory
D Below average national standard 4 Unsatisfactory

Girls are assessed throughout the academic year which includes standardised tests and formative tests. From Lowers upwards, formal examinations are held twice a year, usually in October and May. Results of these examinations are discussed with the girls and given in the end-of-term reports.

The progress and potential of each Bramley girl is carefully monitored by teachers and overseen by the Senior Leadership Team. If the staff have any concerns about any girl, then parents are invited to discuss these concerns with their daughter’s teacher and an intervention plan put in place.

Tops girls achieved the following results:

English Reading & Comprehension  
58% Level 6  100% Level 5  100% Level 4

English Writing (includes SPAG)  
58% Level 6 100% Level 5 100% Level 4

Maths  
78% Level 6 100% Level 5 100% Level 4

Results are moderated in line with National Standards, where a Level 4 is the national average for Year 6 pupils.

For information about Key Stage 2 Level Assessments taken in Tops please click here: Key Stage 2 level assessment.

The progress and potential of each Bramley girl is carefully monitored by teachers and overseen by the Senior Leadership Team.

If the staff have any concerns about any girl, then parents are invited to discuss these concerns with their daughter’s teacher so that an intervention plan can be put in place.

Preparation for Senior School

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 end of Summer Term in Uppers (Year 5) 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 every entrance examination is slightly different. Girls that are expected to sit Common Entrance require specific preparation and this should begin immediately as she enters Uppers.

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 end of Summer Term in Uppers (Year 5) 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 every entrance examination is slightly different. Girls that are expected to sit Common Entrance require specific preparation and this should begin immediately as she enters Uppers.

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 and parents are provided with a Senior School matrix to assist them with their choices and this information is updated twice a year.

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 who are expected to sit for these examinations should receive specific preparation and therefore the Headmistress should be informed well in advance so that the preparation can be implemented. Pupils are given interview practice in preparation for the entrance interview.

Academic Scholarships include examinations in the above subjects and also Humanities and Religious Education. Many schools award academic scholarships to the highest performers and no discreet applications are made.

Girls preparing for a Sports Scholarship are required to make up a personal portfolio of all achievements and awards in at least two sporting areas which should be presented at interview to the senior school of their choice. Girls should play sports in at least two club teams, for example hockey and netball, and it is advantageous for the them to play at county level.  Parents should discuss their wishes for their daughter well in advance of applying for a sports scholarship.  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 an Headmasters Scholarship (an all-round scholarship) and in this instance girls should prepare a portfolio of at least two disciplines (Drama, Art, Music, Dance etc) 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, Headmasters, Art and Drama.