Senior School Entry – Years 9 and 10

Senior School students work together to find creative ways of overcoming complex problems

Students applying for places in Years 9 and 10 are invited to sit an evaluation during the Spring Term before they join. This can either be here in the Admissions Department or at your current school if you are overseas or in another Emirate. Registration is online here and remains open at all times unless a year group is full. We keep the main Admissions page updated with availability or you can contact us on +971 (0)2 497 0000/ admissions@cranleigh.ae.

Note that due to the nature of the British curriculum and the fact that the two-year (I)GCSE courses culminate in examinations in Year 11, we can only accept applicants for Year 11 in exceptional circumstances. In order to consider entry into Year 11, pupils should already be studying the same subjects and exam Boards as our own Year 10 pupils and should be academically able enough to cope with inevitable areas of catch up due to schools teaching content in differing orders.

Our (I)GCSE programme and range of subject options can be viewed here

In the transient international environment we work in, we are more than aware that on occasion family plans can change at the last minute. For that reason, we are always ready to work with late applicants and can facilitate evaluations in the Summer Term for any year groups that still have places available.

There are two parts to our evaluation – an English Writing Piece and an Online Evaluation. If you are coming in to Cranleigh for your evaluation, a member of the Admissions Team will also have a short informal chat with you.  There is nothing you can do to prepare for your time with us.

English Writing Piece: The evaluation process starts with a 20 minute English Writing Piece. Pupils are presented with a choice of questions that are appropriate to their age. We look for hand writing style, including spelling and punctuation, as well as content.

Online Evaluation: The second part of the process is an Online Evaluation. This takes approximately two hours and is designed to measure, as far as possible, ability and aptitude for learning rather than achievement. Results provide us with insight into three areas of cognitive ability: numerical, verbal and non-verbal skills. Scores achieved are compared the UK national standardised averages. 

In addition to the steps above, we will carefully review School Reports and a Confidential Reference which will be requested from your current school.