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Navigating the route from Saint Ronan’s to Senior School

Destination Schools

A distinctive feature of Saint Ronan’s is the breadth of destination schools. Indeed, children have transferred to us to over sixty different schools since 2014.

Saint Ronan’s uses its independence well and has no conflicts of interest. It’s all about you, your child and your family.

We have also maintained unusually large cohorts in both Years 7 and 8, with over 100 children in these two senior year groups.

The majority of children leave at 13+.

Destination schools (2014-2022)
Bede’s
Benenden
Bennett Memorial
Bethany
Brighton
Charterhouse
Christ’s Hospital
Claremont
Cranbrook
Downe House
Downside
Eastbourne
Eton
Haileybury
Harrow
Headington (Oxford)
Heathfield
Highworth Girls
Hillview Girls
Homewood
Hurstpierpoint
Judd
Kent College
King’s InterHigh
King’s (Canterbury)
Lancing
Marlborough
Mayfield
Meoncross
Michaelhouse (Natal)
Milton Abbey
Norton Knatchbull
Perse (Cambridge)
Purcell
Roedean
Sedburgh
Sevenoaks
Skinners Academy
Skinners
St Edward’s (Oxford)
Stowe
St Richards (Hastings)
Sutton Valence
Tonbridge
Tonbridge Girls
Tring Park
Tunbridge Wells Boys
Tunbridge Wells Girls
Truro
Walthamstow Hall
Uplands
Uppingham
Wellington (Somerset)
Wells Cathedral School
William Parker Academy
Winchester
Wye
Total (60)

Access and advice

Meeting with the Headmaster

The Headmaster takes a direct interest in managing the transition of Ronians to their senior school.
• He has extensive experience of navigating flight paths to senior school and is passionate that the next step is the right ‘fit’.
• He teaches all children in Year 5.
• He keeps up to date with senior schools both visiting them and communicating with them regularly to maintain a positive and ongoing relationship and an up-to-date appreciation of ethos and approach.
• He understands the application process, criteria and each school’s timetable.
• He understands and can advise on the scholarship process.
• He arranges ‘Meet the Head’ opportunities for parents to meet senior school Heads
• He writes all senior school reports/ references as needed.

In Year 5, all parents meet the Headmaster individually to begin the process of planning the ‘Next Step’.
During this, he will
• Provide feedback on your child’s progress, their potential and underlying strengths.
• Discuss your child’s interest
• Suggest the range of potential senior schools to consider. Matching the child to the most appropriate school environment and your own preferences.

Whilst initial discussions take place in Year 5, the Headmaster has an ongoing dialogue with parents. Similarly, for those joining the school after Year 5, a meeting soon after starting to discuss exit options is important.

Before the meeting with the Headmaster, it is important to give consideration to the following:

1. What is your preference for location to home?
2. Day, Full or Flexi boarding?
3. Co ed or single sex?
4. State or private?
5. Specific schools you are interested in and why?
6. Financing?

The wider teaching team is essential

1. They ensure ISEB pre-test preparation in Year 5.
2. They arrange ISEB pre-tests at Saint Ronan’s
3. They prepare candidates for Common Entrance Examinations
4. They identify and prepare candidates for scholarship entry.
5. They arrange interview practice with the senior team prior to the ‘real thing’.

Under KCC’s Admissions Code, no school is allowed to prepare candidates for the Kent 11+

Timetable of key events:

Year 5
• ISEB pre-test preparation via Atom Learning
• Initial meeting the Headmaster
• By the end of the year, parents to have registered with up to three senior schools.
• If a grammar school place is sought, parents to have registered their child for the Kent 11+


Year 6
• Start Common Entrance Syllabi
• Continuing dialogue with the Headmaster
• Kent 11+ examinations (held in September at Saint Ronan’s) followed by the appeal process as necessary
• ISEB pre-tests (November or March held at Saint Ronan’s)
• Interview practice
• 1st March – National Secondary Schools Offer Day (State Schools inc Grammars)
• By the March-May, most senior schools will have made 11+ or 13+ deferred entry offers
• Extra-curricular scholarship candidates identified


Year 7
• Common Entrance Syllabi continues
• Ongoing- extra-curricular scholarship preparation.
• Continuing dialogue with the Headmaster
• Summer Term – The school identifies Academic scholarship candidates
• Senior school deposits payable
• 13+ preparation for Cranbrook starts in May


Year 8
• Common Entrance preparation continues.
• Parents enter their children for scholarships as advised by the school
• Continuing dialogue with the Headmaster, including final choices made (by February) 13+ Cranbrook entrance taken (November)
• Scholarship awards taken (January to May)
• Common Entrance and Scholarship Mocks (February) and Common Entrance (June)

Some of the many benefits of Prep School in Years 7&8

• Allows the children to be children for longer
• Allows more time for the decision re senior school choice, allowing for change in circumstance and the development of the child.
• Children mature markedly in Years 7/8, this is especially true of late developers.
• Academic tracking shows the positive benefits of the rigour of Common Entrance
• Common Entrance is an excellent preparation for GCSE in terms of study skills including essay writing, development of analytical skills and exam preparation and delivery.
• Puts more distance between your child and the teenage environment of a senior school, perilous before they are ready!
• Allows them to excel in top level sport, music etc.
• Differentiation through setting and small class sizes.
• Allows leadership potential to develop with the prefectural system and participation in top level musical and sporting activities.
• A good time for your child to try boarding to see if this is opens up avenues you may have not yet considered.

Leavers schools 2021

Senior Schools 2021

Battle Abbey
Bede’s
Benenden
Bethany *
Cranbrook
Eastbourne
Hurstpierpoint *
Kings, Canterbury *
Lancing *
Lingfield College
Marlborough
Mayfield *
Michaelhouse
Pearse , Cambridge
Queens, Taunton *
Sevenoaks *
St Edmunds, Canterbury *
St Edward’s, Oxford
Sutton Valence *
Tunbridge Wells Boys
Wellington School *

Leavers schools 2020

Senior Schools 2020

Ardingly *
Battle Abbey *
Bede’s *
Benenden
Bennett Memorial
Bethany
Cranbrook*
Eastbourne
Eton
Heathfield*
Highworth Grammar
Homewood
Hurstpierpoint*
King’s, Canterbury *
Lancing
Mayfield *
Sutton Valence *
Tunbridge Wells Boys’ Grammar
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar
Winchester

Leavers schools 2019

Senior Schools 2019

Bedes
Benenden*
Bethany *
Claremont
Cranbrook *
Dauntsey’s
Haileybury
Harrow
Hurstpierpoint *
King’s, Canterbury*
Lancing College*
Mayfield
Rendcomb College
Sevenoaks*
St Richard’s
Stowe*
Sutton Valence*
Tonbridge
Wells Cathedral School*
Worth

Leavers schools 2018

Senior Schools 2018

Battle Abbey*
Bedes*
Benenden*
Bennett Memorial
Claremont*
Cranbrook*
Eastbourne*
Hurstpierpoint*
Kent College*
King’s Canterbury*
Lancing College
Mayfield*
Skinners
Stowe
Sutton Valence*
Tring Park
Worth

Leavers schools 2017

Senior Schools 2017

Battle Abbey*
Benenden*
Bethany*
Claremont
Cranbrook*
Eastbourne*
Heading ton, Oxford
Hurst*
Judd
King’s Canterbury*
Lancing College*
Maidstone Grammar
Sevenoaks*
Mayfield*
Sutton Valence*
Tonbridge
Truro*

Leavers schools 2016

Senior Schools 2016

Battle Abbey*
Bede’s*
Benenden*
Bethany
Brighton*
Claremont
Cranbrook*
Eton College*
Harrow School*
Highworth
Judd
King’s Canterbury*
Lancing College*
Sedbergh School
Sevenoaks
Mayfield*
Sutton Valence*
Tonbridge Girls Grammar
Uppingham

Leavers schools 2015

Senior Schools 2015

Battle Abbey*
Bethany*
Christ’s Hospital*
Claremont*
Cranbrook*
Downside
Eastbourne
Highworth
Judd
Kent College
King’s*
Norton Knatchbull
Sevenoaks
Sutton Valence*
Tonbridge
Tonbridge Girls Grammar

Leavers schools 2014

Senior Schools 2014

Ashford*
Battle Abbey*
Benenden*
Charterhouse*
Cranbrook *
Eastbourne*
Homewood
Kent College, Pembury*
King’s, Canterbury
Lancing*
Sevenoaks*
Skinners
Mayfield
Stowe
Sutton Valence*
Tonbridge
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar
William Parker Academy

Leavers schools 2013

Senior Schools 2013

Battle Abbey
Cranbrook
Eastbourne *
Judd
King’s, Canterbury *
King’s, Murcia
Millfield
Milton Abbey
Purcell *
Sevenoaks
St John’s, Marlborough
Mayfield
Sutton Valence
Tonbridge
Uplands
Worth

Leavers schools 2012

Senior Schools 2012

Angley
Battle Abbey *
Benenden *
Cranbrook
Eastbourne *
Eton
Highworth Grammar
Judd
King’s Canterbury
Sevenoaks
Skinners
St Edmund’s, Canterbury
Sutton Valence
Tonbridge *
Tudor Hall

Leavers schools 2011

Senior Schools 2011

Battle Abbey
Benenden
Claremont Senior *
Cranbrook *
Eastbourne *
Highworth Grammar
King’s *
St Edmund’s, Canterbury *
Mayfield
Stowe
Sutton Valence *
Worth

Leavers schools 2010

Senior Schools 2010

Charterhouse
Cranbrook *
Eastbourne
Eton *
Harrow
King’s *
Milton Abbey
Sevenoaks
Worth

Leavers schools 2008

Senior Schools 2008

Ampleforth *
Benenden
Bethany *
Brighton
Cranbrook *
Eastbourne *
Eton
Harrow
King’s
Oundle
Sevenoaks
St Bede’s
Sutton Valence
Tonbridge *

Leavers schools 2007

Senior Schools 2007

Benenden
Bethany
Charterhouse *
Cranbrook
Eastbourne *
Eton *
Harrow *
King’s *
St Bede’s
St Mary’s, Ascot
Stowe
Sutton Valence *
TOGS
Tonbridge *

Leavers schools 2006

Senior Schools 2006

Ampleforth
Benenden
Cobham Hall
Cranbrook *
Eastbourne
Eton
Harrow
Judd
King’s *
Radley *
Sutton Valence
Tonbridge *

Leavers schools 2005

Senior Schools 2005

Bedgebury
Benenden *
Charterhouse
Cranbrook *
Eton
King’s
Maidstone
Norton Knatchbull
Rugby
Sevenoaks *
Mayfield
Sutton Valence *
Tonbridge *
Worth

Leavers schools 2004

Senior Schools 2004

Benenden
Cranbrook
Eastbourne
King’s
Sherbourne
St Bede’s
St Leonards-Mayfield
St Mary’s Ascot
Sutton Valence
Tonbridge

Leavers schools 2003

Senior Schools 2003

Bedgebury
Bryanston
Cranbrook
Eastbourne
Eton
King’s
Radley
Stowe
Tonbridge
TWIGS
Wellington

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