Introduction to HallfieldSeniors

Launching in September 2020, Hallfield School is creating HallfieldSeniors to educate pupils 11-13 years of age in preparation for entry into regional independent schools and national boarding schools. Hallfield School has a distinguished history of educating pupils for entry at 13+ and we believe, as we celebrate our 140th year as one of Birmingham’s most distinguished Prep Schools, the time is right to expand our offering to both our current parents and the wider Birmingham community to become the only Birmingham Prep School offering co-educational education to 13 years.

With excellent facilities, extensive grounds and specialist teachers with experience of teaching senior school pupils, Hallfield is well-placed to deliver a unique Prep School education within Birmingham.

Why 13+?

Traditionally, pupils entered Public Schools as boarders or day pupils in Year 9, at the age of 13 years. Whilst Hallfield will continue to offer a pathway at 11+ to local independent schools and selective grammar schools through excellent preparation for entrance exams, we know that starting a new senior school at the end of Year 6 is not the right choice for everyone.

Some parents wish their child to receive a broader and more traditional education and either commute or board at regional or national Public Schools. Many parents feel that at the age of 11 years, their child is not ready to either commute a longer distance or board. Hallfield used to feed into this traditional model and pupils from Hallfield have attended schools at 13+ such as Harrow, Shrewsbury, Malvern, Eton, Rugby, Uppingham, Repton and many more. These schools have international reputations for the quality of the education they provide and world-class facilities.

Equally, some pupils need more time to mature and develop in the familiar / more secure environment a Prep School can offer. Pupils can also take entrance exams to local selective independent schools for entry into Year 9, where there are fewer children competing for places compared with entry at Year 7.

The Curriculum

The curriculum for Years 7 and 8 is specially designed to be broad and well-balanced and to prepare pupils for entry at Year 9 into national Public Schools. Based on the modern version of the Common Entrance Curriculum, pupils will also have the opportunity to:

  • Carry out extended cross-curricular projects, developing independent learning and research skills and preparing themselves for entry to senior schools.
  • Take advantage of the cultural and learning opportunities within Birmingham through visits to museums, art galleries, universities and concert venues.
  • Integral residential visits in both Year 7 and Year 8 to focus on team building skills and outdoor learning.
  • In addition to participating in extensive school sports, pupils will have regular visits to use local amenities including Olympic swimming pools, tennis centres, and local golf clubs.
  • All pupils will have weekly food technology lessons to enhance their nutritional understanding.

Opportunities for Leadership

As senior pupils, leadership opportunities will be available to all Year 7 and Year 8 pupils to help them prepare for their next stage of education and life beyond. Roles will include Head Boy and Head Girl, sports leaders and prefects.

In addition, Hallfield’s Enrichment Programme will run in parallel to the curriculum and help our pupils develop life-long skills to foster independence, resilience, teamwork, entrepreneurship, citizenship and social responsibility.

School Fees and Uniform

Pupils in HallfieldSeniors will continue to wear the traditional Hallfield uniform, but in addition to a senior school tie, they will wear a distinctive bottle green blazer to mark them out as pupils in the senior school. For more information about our school uniforms and where you can buy them, please visit our School Uniform page here.

Termly fees for Year 7 for 2020-2021 will be £4,795. 

Fees are inclusive of lunch, morning care from 8:00AM, supervised homework until 5:30PM, day visits and a residential visit in both Year 7 and Year 8.

Pupils are provided with an individual laptop for use at school / home for school work.

Admission to Year 7 in September 2020

Pupils currently attending Hallfield School will be guaranteed a place in Year 7, provided they have registered by Tuesday 5th November 2019.

Pupils will be assessed for entry into Year 7 in November 2019. Offers of places will be made to pupils meeting the entry requirements on Friday 29th November 2019.

The Admissions process will involve:

  • Deadline for Registration: Tuesday 5th November 2019
  • Entrance exam: Thursday 7th November 2019
  • Interviews with the Headmaster: w/c Monday 11th November 2019
  • Assessment week for Scholarships: w/c Monday 18th November 2019
  • Offers of places: Friday 29th November 2019
  • Deadline for acceptance of places with a secured deposit payment: First week of January 2020

Year 7 and Year 8 teaching groups are expected to be in the region of 15 pupils per group, enabling individualised and focused preparation for the Common Entrance Exam.

Pupils entering HallfieldSeniors will be eligible to be assessed for a scholarship w/c November 2019, prior to entry in September. We will be offering scholarships in the form of:

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Sports Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships
  • Art Scholarships
  • Language Scholarships

The value of a scholarship will be up to £2,000 per annum and will be assessed on merit. Assisted places will also be considered.

If you feel that your son or daughter would benefit from a HallfieldSeniors Education, please visit our admissions page for more information. Alternatively, you can contact us at: admissions@hallfieldschool.co.uk

To find out more about HallfieldSeniors and to see how we can help your child, please visit us at an up-coming Tuesday Open Morning. We would be more than delighted to invite you along to our open morning. Learn more about our open mornings here. Please also see our Admissions Procedures below.

HallfieldSeniors Registration Form 

HallfieldSeniors Admissions Procedures

HallfieldSeniors Curriculum