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Preparation for Senior School

We support each parent in the process of selecting the right senior school for their child

We are very experienced in the process of choosing suitable senior schools for each pupil and are aware that every child has specific abilities, individual talents and requirements.

Our Headteacher not only knows our pupils well but also has connections with each senior school, understanding their ethos and entrance conditions to assist parents with this sometimes daunting task.

My son has achieved so much at St Margaret's. He is happy, confident and motivated to do his best. It was a great decision we made to move him to St Margaret's.

 – Year 6 Parent, St Margaret’s

Our Destination Schools

As a prep school, we prepare and support our pupils with entrance to their preferred senior schools. 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.


Our Year 6 pupils leave us for a variety of leading schools across Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Join us for a Personal Tour

We warmly welcome families throughout the year, offering tailored personal tours on a day that suits you, including school holidays.

Enjoy a guided tour of the school, arranged by a member of our friendly Admissions Team who can answer any questions you may have


Academic & All-Round Scholarships

The majority of offers each year are for 11+ places, academic and all-round scholarships.

Art & DT Scholarships

We are very proud of our many Art and DT scholarships every year and hope our pupils go on to develop rich, creative futures.

Sports Scholarships

An average of five sports scholarships are offered at various senior schools each year.

Music & Performing Arts Scholarships

An average of four music & drama scholarships are applied for and accepted at various senior schools each year.

Understanding your child

Our Headteacher 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.

Senior School Information Events

In order to help our families make informed decisions, we start the process for senior school transfer as early as Year 4. At our annual 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.

Senior school offers

St Margaret's School

Enquiries :01787 273 050