Hockerill Boarding Interview

(26 Posts)
Sickandsad Sun 03-Nov-13 11:46:37

My dd has an interview for a weekly boarding place at Hockerill (state boarding school in Bishop's Stortford, Herts) next week. Any tips for her on the kind of questions they will ask or that she should ask? She is very keen to weekly board there next year when she starts Y7. I'm a bit shocked as we went to the open day to look at the option of day boarding & she decided she would rather apply to weekly board. Will be waiting until offer day in March to know if she has a place or do the state boarding schools offer places before that? Any advice or views on weekly state boarding welcome.

SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Sun 03-Nov-13 12:06:41

I don't know the school but have just looked at the admissions criteria - where they make it pretty clear exactly what they're looking for:

Page 5 I think...

Obviously you have seen this already. Have you been through it with her? Has she had a chance to read through the entire website and prospectus herself? It might be sensible for her to make a note (with your help?) of any questions she has while reading. Then she can discuss these with you and get an idea of things she really wants to ask at the interview.

More generally, the school does emphasise it's internationalism - so she will probably need to demonstrate at least a little interest in current affairs and the world around her.

SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Sun 03-Nov-13 12:10:14

hmm "its".....

difficultpickle Sun 03-Nov-13 13:04:28

Don't know about Hockerill but the academic director at Radley told us he likes to interview prospective pupils who have something to say, ie not answering just yes and no. He made a big thing about doing lots and lots of reading and being able to hold a conversation. He thought that interview practice was a good idea but definitely no rehearsed answers as that masks what the pupil is really like.

I know someone whose dd interviewed for weekly boarding a few years ago - one thing she said was they were very keen to see if the boarding idea came from the child or the parents - especially if you live close enough to be a day pupil.

difficultpickle Sun 03-Nov-13 13:27:00

One of the questions on the application form for the state boarding school near us is what experience the prospective pupil has on being away from home if they haven't boarded before. Eg school residentials or other camps.

Sickandsad Sun 03-Nov-13 17:28:59

Thanks all. We have read through the school website with dd, especially the boarding info section, as much to ensure that she had really thought through what the boarding experience would be like. She has thought of a few questions, some boarding related and some music related as she plays an unusual instrument & wants to be sure the school will support her continuining with this. Any more tips or advice?

Sickandsad Sun 03-Nov-13 20:28:11

Bump for the evening crowd (hopeful)...

difficultpickle Sun 03-Nov-13 21:44:19

Did you read the questions on the form I linked to? If your dd can answer those then that will help her.

Sickandsad Sun 10-Nov-13 23:02:08

Thanks all. Have read the suggested links with DD and she has come up with some good questions to ask. She did an interview practice session at school this week and received some really positive feedback. Fingers crossed it goes well tomorrow!

SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Mon 11-Nov-13 00:00:04

Good luck!

SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Mon 18-Nov-13 09:43:50

How did the interview go OP?

Sickandsad Mon 18-Nov-13 15:53:13

The interview went well. DD gave good answers to all the questions she was asked and engaged the interviewer with her questions about boarding life and her interest in extra-curricular activities. We had some nice feedback on the day and we are hopeful!

Now we have to wait for a letter informing us if she is assessed as being suitable for boarding which we should receive before Xmas and then it's the long wait to March to see if we have an official place.

Does anyone have any further info on the admissions process from this point?

hertsandessex Wed 11-Dec-13 13:39:17

I have one child weekly boarding and applied for another this year. I wasn't aware of the letter before Christmas about suitability. We didn't receive before and no mention of it this year. From this point there is no communication until March. You just have to wait.

Also I presume you realise that even if "suitable" the chances of getting in are still not that great. Not many children are deemed "unsuitable". The more important thing is your boarding need. If you had a strong need for boarding (eg parents work overseas or travel regularly) then you get priority although how they judge this is a bit vague. Without a strong boarding need it is a lottery with the other "suitable" children.

MmeMorrible Mon 03-Mar-14 15:05:26

Update alert - received the offer letter today and DD has a place for weekly boarding from September.

We're all delighted. Thanks to all those who helped us prepare for the interview.

ZeroSomeGameThingy Mon 03-Mar-14 18:15:49

What a long wait you've had!

Very well done to your DD. Sure she must be thrilled.

hertsandessex Tue 04-Mar-14 12:36:32

Well done. We have a daughter weekly boarding already and another joining in September as well. Your daughter will have a great time.

ZeroSomeGameThingy Tue 04-Mar-14 12:41:46

Ah - OP and herts there is a new thread asking about this school. I really should not have clicked, it has put up my blood pressure.

Perhaps you could be of help to the parent there.

hertsandessex Tue 04-Mar-14 12:53:26

ZeroSome - I can't find a new thread about Hockerill. What is the title?

AphraBane Tue 04-Mar-14 13:01:24

ooh, herts, what the school like? I have a vague interest because it's 'partnered' with my DD's school in Germany, and they do an exchange each year (the Hockerill crowd spend a week in Berlin and then the year 7s have a week at Hockerill). Has your DD done that? What impression would someone get of the British educational system if there for a week only? I think the exchange has only been running for a year or two.

ZeroSomeGameThingy Tue 04-Mar-14 13:08:29
hertsandessex Tue 04-Mar-14 13:24:15

Aphra - my DD is on the French track not German and off for two weeks in France soon. Hard question to answer but sure your DD would enjoy her time at Hockerill although I guess these things depend a bit on the host family. Certainly Hockerill is an international place and people from overseas are very welcome - much more so than at a normal school.

AphraBane Tue 04-Mar-14 14:10:49

Thanks for the answer herts. What part of France are they partnered with? I didn't realise Hockerill DC have to choose a specific language to specialise in (spose it's logical though). DD goes to an international/European school too, which is presumably why/how the partnership came about, so she'll certainly appreciate a bit of internationalism. Are the host families generally people with DC at the school too, or more likely to be 'locals'? I think DD's going to find the uniform strangest of all to deal with. The school looks great from the website, but we all know how much school websites have to do with reality...

hertsandessex Tue 04-Mar-14 14:19:25

Yes for first language and the bilingual track everybody chooses between French and German. For second and third later lots of choices.

Yes all the host families are parents from the school I believe.

MmeMorrible Tue 04-Mar-14 14:20:34

Hi Herts, I wonder if you could answer a question my DD posed to me yesterday. When you have a French exchange, how does this work for boarding children? Do the exchange children stay in the boarding house and if so where do they sleep?

Thanks so much for your PM. It's great to hear positive experiences of weekly boarding at Hockerill.

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