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8 plus (8+) Exam – Dulwich College Junior School – What you need to know

Dulwich College Junior School 8 Plus Exam

 

Entry Level Eight Plus (8+) exam

School Name Dulwich College Junior School

Description Boys; day school

Age range 7-11 (Boys then go on to the Lower School aged 11-13)

Size 220 approx.

Fees £6,554 per term (excludes individual music lessons and music exam entry fees)

Address Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD

Head Dr Toby Griffiths

Head’s PA and Junior School Secretary Jo Maudsley 020 8299 9248 Email maudsleyj@dulwich.org.uk

Registrar JoAnn Thornton 0208 299 8432 Email junioradmissions@dulwich.org.uk

 

Overview

Dulwich College Junior School is an integral part of the College, and shares the same ethos and values but has its own distinct identity. It aims to create an environment which fosters challenge and a love of learning.

 

The school has some great facilities including a dedicated art room and a music department with provision for music technology, rock music and percussion. Shared facilities with the College include abundant playing fields, a swimming pool and astro pitches. This is a school where both the mind and the legs can run wild with learning and creativity.

 

The Junior School Symposium, held on a different topic every year, is a highlight of the school’s academic year.

 

Open Days and Visits

 

Parents are encouraged to visit the Junior School during the school day. The Head of Junior School leads tours for up to five sets of parents on most Friday mornings during the Michaelmas and Summer terms. This provides an excellent opportunity to see the Junior School at work and to discuss the details of the entry procedure.

 

To reserve a place, contact the Junior School Registrar, Mrs JoAnn Thornton, on 0208 299 8432 or by email

 

Parents and boys are also welcome at their Open Days, when pupils are available as guides.
Later in the year there is a Registered Parents Evening – for parents of registered boys – which normally takes place in the November. Speakers include the Head of the Junior School, the Master of the College, Dr Joe Spence and a Year 13 student who began his Dulwich College career in the Junior School. Additional Junior School staff are also available to answer questions after the presentations.

Visit the school’s website for up to date information and dates.

 

Admissions & Registration Process for Dulwich College Junior School (8+)

 

For an up to date entrance timetable, please click here.

 

Entry is competitive. Applicants’ schools will be contacted directly for a confidential report in December.

 

Assessments take place in the January of the year of admission. Boys will do papers in mathematics and English (writing and reading comprehension) and non-verbal reasoning.

 

Candidates who have shown sufficient promise in the assessments will be invited back in mid-January for an activity morning, as well as a short individual interview.

 

Decisions on a boy’s suitability will be based on his assessment results, his interview, his school report and his approach to learning as demonstrated throughout visit on the activity morning.

 

Assessment:

 

Boys will be assessed in mathematics, English (writing and reading comprehension) and reasoning.

 

The maths exam covers a wide range of concepts children will have already met at their current schools. A good working knowledge of all of their times tables will be helpful, and they will need a sound grasp of the four rules of number. They will need to use their own strategies and methods to solve mathematical problems, including word problems involving two or more distinct calculation stages.

English writing is a task based on a stimulus.  Usually for 8+ entry, candidates will be given a story opening to develop. They will be expected to write using paragraphs, developing a story with a beginning, middle and end. They will be looking for a good use of language that includes descriptive vocabulary including well-chosen adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Marks will be awarded for good knowledge of age-appropriate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Tough words that are phonetically spelt will also be given acknowledgement.

 

Reading comprehension – this paper comes in two parts. The first section is sentence completion, where 8+ candidates have to choose a word from a list to complete each sentence correctly. The sentences become increasingly difficult. The second part of the paper consists of a comprehension passage with some multiple-choice questions. The format is the same for all age groups, but the reading level becomes more demanding and the questions more challenging – so it will be harder at 9+, for example.

 

Activity Morning

 

After the written assessment morning about two thirds of boys will be invited back for an Activity Morning. Boys are split into groups of 8 – 10 and take part in four activities including sport, music and team-building exercises. The school will be looking at boys’ ability to follow instructions and to assess their enthusiasm and team-working skills. In addition, all boys will have a one-to-one chat with a senior staff member. They will be asked to read a short passage and answer questions on it, do some mental mathematics and have a friendly conversation about themselves and their interests. Dulwich staff are skilled and experienced and will be looking to engender confidence and potential in all pupils that they interview.

 

Recommended Materials: 

 

8+ English practice papers, ideal for Dulwich College Junior School eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ English Pack 1

8+ English Pack 2

8+ English Pack 3

8+ English Pack 4

8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

 

8+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Dulwich College Junior School eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

8+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Dulwich College Junior School eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Reasoning Pack 1 (Non-Verbal Reasoning sections)

8+ Reasoning Pack 2 (Non-Verbal Reasoning sections)

8+ Reasoning Pack 3 (Non-Verbal Reasoning sections)

 

8+ Listening practice papers, ideal for Dulwich College Junior School eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Listening Pack 1

 

Destination Schools at 13+:

 

Most children will be expected to stay at the College until they are 18.

 

Other Entry Points

 

7+, 9+, 11+, 13+ and 16+.

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