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Infant & Junior Entry Information

The main point of entry into Infant & Junior School is the Reception class; a child will start School in the September after their 4th birthday.

For entry to Reception, assessments take place throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. Children will work alongside experienced staff in an informal setting to assess early literacy skills, counting and numerical awareness.

Assessments for Infant and Junior pupils are held on the whole school Entrance Exam Day, held in January. Children may be assessed at any time of year subject to places being available.

For entry to KS1 (Infants)


We spend some time assessing reading, spelling, and writing skills in English, and the areas of numbers, handling data, shape and measures will all be included in the assessment. 

For entry to KS2 (Juniors)


Children should be able to read fluently and with understanding, to answer questions orally and in writing, and to write for half-an-hour or so on a given topic. They should have taken an interest in reading both for pleasure and for obtaining information.

Some of the questions set may require ‘reasoning’ rather than straight forward English or Mathematics. Some of the questions will be multiple choice.

Children should be able to work quietly and to remain in one place for about half-an-hour at a time.

In Mathematics we expect the children to have a broad knowledge of mathematical concepts and skills. The areas of number, handling data and shape and measures will all be included in the assessment. 

The children may be asked to do simple calculations, written and oral, whether set as mechanical examples or in problem form.

The School recognises that most children are working within the age appropriate National guidelines.

It is hoped that the Assessments will be a positive experience for all the children.  The papers have been designed to give children confidence before providing them with more challenging material for children of a given age.

Offers of places will be made as soon as possible after the children have been seen.  Children who are admitted to the Infant Department will transfer automatically to Year 3.  Transfer to the Senior School is not automatic although the vast majority of pupils continue into Year 7.

We encourage you to visit us to see for yourself what makes Cheadle Hulme Infant & Junior School so special. Early application is recommended and we are pleased to accept registrations from birth onwards. An For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact Admissions on 0161 488 3345, who will be happy to help.

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