Old Swinford Hospital

West Midlands

Overview

Old Swinford Hospital is a state secondary boarding school in Stourbridge, West Midlands. It is one of 36 state boarding schools in England, meaning school fees are funded by the LEA and pupils only pay boarding fees. Girls are admitted into the Sixth Form as day pupils. As well as places being awarded on academic ability, there are also four places awarded for musical aptitude and four places awarded for sports aptitude.

Exam board not specified

Boys' partially selective school (mixed Sixth Form)


Apply by 22nd September 2017


Test date: September


Results Sent to Parents: TBC


Allocations: 1st March 2018

Old Swinford Hospital
Heath Lane
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 1QX

Admissions and exam information


The exam is made up online tests designed by the school. This exam covers non-verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, verbal (vocabulary, comprehension and verbal reasoning) and English.

School

Total of 90 places in Year 7, of which 77 are boarding places


The assessment test is presently the Old Swinford Hospital Online Test (OSHOT). It has been developed for the school by the University of Durham and is designed to assess academic potential in a more objective and less stressful way than traditional IQ-type tests. OSHOT is to be taken in the school at a computer terminal and thus requires familiarity with a computer keyboard and mouse. It is not, however, a test of computer proficiency. OSHOT is designed to be novel and engaging for the boys who take it and comprises tests for the following qualities: assessing spatial skills, assessing speed and accuracy in number skills, tasks aimed to assess understanding in reading, assessing abstract reasoning, assessing vocabulary skills, applying mathematical skills to novel situations. For those wishing to board, they must also attend an interview.

Open days
16th September 2017 & 5th May 2018

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Exam preparation

From experience we know that the best preparation for the exams cannot be achieved in a short period of time. We believe the earlier your child can practice the better chance they have in securing a place.

How can you ensure my child gets into the best schools possible?

We know that preparing for the exam can be a major focus in your child’s education and we are here to support you throughout that journey. We do not believe in simply ‘teaching to a test’, which is why we offer individualised courses and specialist courses that complement your child’s education in the run up to and beyond the exam.

Working in small groups and independently our members grow in confidence and develop exam techniques to prepare them for the day of the exam and beyond.

Our unique approach not only uses the most up-to-date resources, our engaging and motivational tutors will guide and support your child every step of the way, whilst providing clear and honest feedback about your child’s progress.

How often should my child have extra tuition? 

At Explore we take a blended approach that involves a weekly individual session, essential to focus on your child’s core maths and English skills and vital to exam success, as well as one scheduled class-taught session each week that focuses on exam-specific techniques and content. As part of our offering we recommend regular home practice, to embed learning of new skills covered in class. We utilise bespoke online and paper-based materials to provide your child with clear activities to practise at home.

Why should I choose Explore Learning?

We understand that you want to give your child the best opportunities in life and we are here to support you throughout their journey into secondary education. We believe every child should have fair access to exam preparation, we don’t pre-test children, and welcome children of all abilities and will give them the best possible preparation to demonstrate their potential.

Our comprehensive 11 Plus and Entrance Exam courses give children the opportunity to become confident in a range of verbal and non-verbal reasoning methods. In addition, we ensure children are developing the core maths and English skills needed to tackle any exam with confidence. We also prepare children for entrance exams into independent schools, tailoring our courses to suit the focus of schools in the local area.

How to secure a place at this school

Our centres specialise in 11 Plus exam preparation so your child has access to regular practice and the best 11 Plus tuition in the country. For more information, visit one of our recommended centre pages to see how we can cater for your child. To discuss your child’s needs we recommend arranging a visit at one of our Explore Learning tuition centres.

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11 Plus course info

Our course is open to all. We don’t pre-test; we welcome all children with the ambition and drive to go to grammar or independent school.

Students on the 11 Plus course attend twice a week; one exam preparation class (tailored to the local exam requirements) and one tailored, flexible session that focuses on developing core maths and English skills. 11 Plus members also have access to a fantastic online resource with unlimited non-verbal and verbal reasoning exam style questions – perfect for home practice whenever you want it.

Our course starts 12 months prior to the exam for Year 5 members.

To find out our membership prices, find your nearest centre.

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