Preparation for Senior School

Preparation for Senior School

Truly preparing our pupils for their future

At St Margaret’s Preparatory School we are proud of all our pupils, who achieve excellent results year on year that are far above national averages. With many destination schools ranked among the best in the region, we understand the importance of truly preparing our pupils for their future. Our children almost always obtain offers at their first choice school and many receive academic, art, drama, music and sports scholarships. Essex also boasts some of the top Grammar Schools in the country and we have a strong tradition of 11+ preparation for all our pupils.

Support for scholarship applications to independent schools is on an individual basis where teachers work closely with the children and parents to fully understand the process and provide guidance.

The right fit

Mrs Moss and the Prep teachers are very involved in the school selection process and work closely with parents to identify the most suitable school for each pupil, the one that will be just right for them.

Confidence to speak and conduct yourself in an interview, or how to cope with exam stresses are all discussed and practised over the final years at St Margaret’s, ensuring the children feel equipped, confident and continue to flourish and succeed.

Over the years we have established strong relationships with many of the leading schools in the region, and as such we can suggest the school which we feel will be the perfect fit for your child, as they take that next big, exciting step in their education.

Understanding your child

In order to help our families make informed decisions, we start the process for senior school transfer as early as Year 4. At senior school information events held in March each year, we offer various ways to explore senior schools. One year there will be senior school presentations and the following year, a talk on negotiating the process.

Throughout the year we arrange 1-to-1 meetings to talk in detail about parents aspirations for their child, about their child’s academic profile, attitude to learning and particular subject passions. We use our in-depth knowledge to suggest which schools might nurture both their academic and extra-curricular talents. Our subject specialist teachers work with individual pupils to build their portfolios for successful scholarship applications. We also provide 11+ exam preparation and entrance exam preparation sessions.

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In recent years Year 6 pupils have been awarded places at:

Grammar Schools

Cambridge Independent Schools:

Essex Independent Schools:

Suffolk Independent Schools:

and also…

    • Hedingham School, Essex
    • Hockerill Anglo-European College, Bishop’s Stortford, Essex
    • Honywood School, Coggeshall, Essex
    • Stour Valley Community School, Clare, Suffolk

Year 6 Results and Scholarships

We are delighted that 100% of our pupils have accepted a place in a senior school of their choice this year, with an amazing 30 11+ places and scholarships offered. Read more about the successful school entry, awards and scholarships – from academic and music, to art and sports – in the downloads below.

Year 6 Places, Scholarships & Awards 2023




Year 6 Places, Scholarships & Awards 2022


Year 6 Places, Scholarships & Awards 2021


Year 6 Places, Scholarships & Awards 2020


Year 6 Places, Scholarships & Awards 2019


Year 6 Places, Scholarships & Awards 2018


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