All children are assessed prior to entry as it is a precondition for admission the applicant’s individual needs can be reasonably catered for within the school’s available provision. Age-appropriate assessments will be conducted along the following general timeframe.

Entry to Foundation Stage One
Informal “stay and play” play-based observations are arranged for small groups of children of a similar age. The FS1 stay & plays will likely take place during a one-week period in December 2017 (for 2018 entry) and December 2018 (for 2019 entry).

Entry to Foundation Stage Two
Due to limited availability, informal “stay and play” play-based observations are arranged only as and when spaces come available, generally starting from April 2017 (for 2017/18 entry) and April 2018 (for 2018/19 entry).

Entry to Years 1 and 2
Due to limited availability, assessments are arranged only as and when spaces come available, generally starting from March 2017 (for 2017/18 entry) and March 2018 (for 2018/19 entry). Children will do reading, reading comprehension and written tasks in a small group setting.

Entry to Years 3 to 6
Children are invited in small groups by year group, starting from January 2017 (for 2017/18 entry) and January 2018 (for 2018/19 entry). Assessments continue weekly until the waiting pool closes.

Children will complete a computerised cognitive abilities assessment which takes approximately 60-90 minutes. Children will also do reading and comprehension exercises and a written task. In total the assessment takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours.
There is no preparation necessary for the assessment.

Entry to Years 7 to 10
Children are invited in small groups by year group, starting from December 2016 (for 2017/18 entry) and December 2017 (for 2018/19 entry). Assessments continue weekly until the waiting pool closes.

Children will complete a computerised cognitive abilities assessment which takes approximately 90 minutes. Children will also do a written task. In total the assessment takes about 2 hours, although we allow about 15-30 additional minutes for a Q&A session about joining DBS.
There is no preparation necessary for the assessment.

Year 12
For children applying from British curriculum schools, assessment is not normally required as we accept GCSEs for the basis of A-Level and BTEC offers. Mock GCSE exam grades are required in order for DBS to issue conditional offers. Please see our guidance for applications to Year 12 for more details.
Children applying from other curricula will be invited to complete a computerised cognitive abilities assessment which takes approximately 90 minutes and a 30-minute written task. We may require for children to also sit mock GCSE papers if applying for A-Levels.

Please see our Admissions Policy for more information.