GET TO KNOW US
The first step is to explore Trent and discover the opportunities available here. When you come to an open event, or visit for a personal tour, we start to get to know you and your family in an informal way, helping your child understand what they can look forward to here, and giving them confidence about moving to a new school.
Once you are ready to formally apply for a place, applications can be made online. We will then request a reference from your child’s current school, so that we can get a full picture of their how they are getting on, where they especially excel, and what support they may receive.
Children applying to join Year 7 benefit from a calendar of specific group events, designed to help them get to know one another in advance of joining Trent. For those applying to join Year 8, 9, 10 or 12, we plan individual, bespoke taster days at a time to suit you. These days include meeting current pupils and attending class lessons as well as completing the entrance assessment and having an interview.
One of our experienced and friendly staff will have a 1:1 chat with your child, asking about their family, interests, school life and hopes for the future. Children applying for Year 7, 8 & 9 will be asked to complete a personal statement in advance, giving children a preview of some of the questions that will come up, and also providing the staff with helpful prompts in case a child is a little shy. For Sixth Form interviews there will be more emphasis on future plans and career aspirations, as well as an opportunity to discuss A level subject options.
Children applying to join Years 7 to 10 will take a Cognitive Abilities Test, often known as “CAT”. This CAT assessment is done on a computer, and all the questions are multiple choice. Additionally, children complete an English paper so that they can express their creative ideas and imagination. There is no academic assessment for Sixth Form applicants who are currently undertaking GCSEs.
Scholarship assessments for children applying to Year 7 take place in January each year. Assessments for children applying to other year groups will be arranged individually. On occasion, some assessments may happen in early September, when your child has started at Trent.
The Head of Trent College takes a holistic view of each child’s application, using all the information gathered from the interview, reference and assessment to make a final decision on the offer of a place. Offers are typically made within one week of your child undertaking the academic assessment. Sixth Form applicants will be given conditional offers, based on achieving at least five GCSEs at grade 6/B.