South Hampstead School 4+ assessment

(18 Posts)
missravda Wed 30-Oct-13 11:58:49

hello, does anyone have experience with SHHS in terms of the 4+ assessment process? My DD is going there next week so any tips are highly appreciated. Thanks!

nannyj Sun 03-Nov-13 23:52:58

I have! I took one of my charges when I was their nanny. They look for confidence, my little girl cried when she had to leave me to go in the room. It's all quite singing and dancing tbh. She also had an assessment at St Christopher's which was more low key.

missravda Mon 04-Nov-13 21:20:55

Thank you, nannyj! I have low expectations as my little one gets quite shy in new situations. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Thanks again.

september10 Wed 06-Nov-13 20:27:27

Missravda are you willing/able to share what happened?! very many thanks

missravda Thu 07-Nov-13 10:40:29

Sure, september10, they have a new headmistress who made extra effort to relax the girls: they had balloons, books, toys to make them feel so welcome that my DD went in without even saying goodbye, she didn't want to leave and wanted to go in with the second group. The whole assessment was a fun play for the girls. Maybe there is a change in the whole assessment process at SHHS as there was no pressure and it was all very gentle. I was very happy, even if DD doesn't go through at least I know it was a fun day that she enjoyed.

runmammarun Thu 07-Nov-13 19:28:01

Missravda - did DD say what she did when inside? Pleased to hear they are making the separation part easier..

nannyj Thu 07-Nov-13 21:36:14

Wow that's great news. :-)

missravda Thu 07-Nov-13 22:19:28

runmammarun, my daughter wouldn't share much but I could see they did some drawings as we were all handed the masterpieces afterwards. The only thing she shared was that she played with dolls but I have no idea what was involved (I suspect there was some kind of a structured play). Sorry not sure if this is helpful. The key thing is that they were all relaxed and the girls had fun throughout the process.

runmammarun Fri 22-Nov-13 18:15:58

Has anyone heard back about first round yet? they said 2 weeks and its been 2 weeks now..

missimperial Fri 22-Nov-13 19:16:18

my daughter went in a couple of weeks back as well. nothing as yet either. waiting with bated breath ;-)

coldatchristmas Sat 23-Nov-13 20:24:18

Does anyone know how many got through to the second round and how many sat? We got the letter and my daughter didn't get called back so I was just wondering how tough it was this year.

Tableforfour Sun 24-Nov-13 00:01:51

They usually see 250 and call back half. Unless it has drastically changed, they take girls who have been well prepared by their preschools, however touchy feely they pretend try to be.

missimperial Sun 24-Nov-13 03:22:40

They have a strong preference for children from the local pre preps I.e. Mulberry , Hampstead Hill & Devonshire House et al. Which makes up the bulk of their intake at both 4 & 7.

coldatchristmas Sun 24-Nov-13 19:11:33

Thanks Missimperial and tableforfour. We are not at either of those prep schools. In fact we were the only ones from our nursery sitting. I hope this is not an indicator of things to come as she is sitting for nlcs in jan. not being in top half of 250 (regardless of which prep school she goes to) is not a good sign..

sprinkle81 Sun 24-Nov-13 19:46:38

my daughter didn't get through to next round either. received letter yesterday. other girls we know haven't heard yet...

Tableforfour Mon 25-Nov-13 05:37:28

Ditto NLCS, if her nursery is more free play than structured you may struggle, sorry. I would do lots of sitting still and concentrating with her between now and January. They all say they are looking for bright kids not trained ones but I would take that with a pinch of salt.

LensPens Mon 06-Jan-14 16:05:09

Sorry to jump on this thread but interested to know people's thoughts on how helpful local pre-preps are for assessment preparation (eg Devonshire, Northbridge) when their preference would obviously be for their pupils to stay at their schools rather than move at 4 or 7...

dogberry123 Fri 31-Jan-14 14:21:20

Would also be interested to hear about that LensPens...I can't imagaine they'd be too keen on kids moving which is making me think about looking elsewhere for 2+?

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