COVID-19 UPDATE: School will be closed from Friday 20th March until further notice. Lessons will continue remotely and work is being set for completion at home. We will be keeping our website and social media updated during this period. Please use email wherever possible, or leave a phone message (messages will be monitored during normal working hours).

Year 7 Admissions

Key Dates

Admissions timetable for Year 7 entry:

Year 7 entry September 2021
Registration Deadline: 30th November 2020*
Scholarships Application Deadline: 6th November 2020
Entrance Assessments: 5th January 2021

Bursary applications for 2021 entry need to be received by 6th November 2020. 

*Register by 30th September to be invited to our Taster Morning in the Autumn Term. Please see below.

Entrance Assessments

The Year 7 assessment day takes place in early January of the year of entry (i.e. January 2021 for September 2021 entry). The assessment day is designed for pupils to learn more about life at Dunottar and to enable us to begin to get to know your child and to help us assess their ability to fit into the Dunottar community.

Academic assessments for Year 7 entry will be in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.  In English and Mathematics the tests are based on the National Curriculum work that the pupils will have been doing in their current school.  No special tutoring is required beyond this.

In addition to the tests, all pupils will have a friendly, informal interview with a member of staff. Pupils will also take part in a number of individual and group activities to allow us to assess their creativity and how they work with other children.  No preparation for these activities is required.

Please contact our admissions team on 01737 761945 for further information regarding the admission process.

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Taster Morning

All pupils registered by 30th September, will be invited to attend our Taster Morning later in the Autumn term. During the morning, pupils will have the chance to experience life at Dunottar and to start forming friendships with potential future classmates.  It will be a fun morning to enable our prospective pupils to get to know our school a little better and, we hope, to help them be relaxed and able to do their best when they come to sit the entrance assessments. Pupils will take part in two activities led by our friendly teachers, to give them a flavour of school life. Previous activities have included:

  • Hocus Pocus potions class
  • Cricket masterclass
  • Photography workshop
  • French café cooking class
  • Musical Theatre workshop
  • Lego robotics… and many more!

Taster Morning Testimonials

I just wanted to say ‘thank you very much’ for a lovely ‘taster morning’ at the weekend. My son came home very animated from his two workshops, potions and DT.

My daughter really enjoyed herself and was full of enthusiasm for both her activities and the school as a whole when she got home!

My son had a fantastic morning on Saturday and has completely fallen in love with your school!

My son absolutely loved his morning and it has made him even more convinced Dunottar is the only school he wants to go to!

My son really enjoyed the taster morning and has been chatting about it ever since.

Just wanted to say thank you to all the staff members on behalf of my daughter for a lovely taster day. She really enjoyed the morning.

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