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We welcome new pupils to almost every year group, with admission based upon satisfactory performance in an entrance assessment.
Nursery places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to siblings where possible (please note we cannot guarantee that we can offer siblings a place). We also strive to achieve a gender balance.
Nursery places for August 2021 were allocated in September 2020. Places for August 2022 will be allocated in September 2021.
While it is hoped that Nursery pupils will move up to the Junior School, entry is competitive and a place in Primary 1 is not guaranteed.
Primary 1 is a main intake year. We use group and individual assessments, lasting about 30–40 minutes, to determine admission. Every effort is made to ensure that children feel relaxed and enjoy the experience. Assessments take place in January for entry in the August.
We can usually offer a small number of places in Primary 2, with entrance assessments held in January.
While we do not take new classes at these stages we can generally offer a small number of places in each year group. Entrance assessments for the Middle Primary years take place in November and December. It is helpful if applications for entry to these years can be received by mid-November at the latest, where possible.
We add new classes at Primary 6 and 7, both of which are important entry points. Entrance assessments in November and December involve papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning. Children also spend time working on group tasks and are interviewed. It is helpful if applications for entry to these years can be received by mid-November at the latest, where possible.
Entrance assessments for this key entry point are held in January. Children spend the day at Heriot’s, sitting papers in English, Mathematics and Problem Solving. The children have a chance to meet one another as well as members of the teaching staff and Senior School Leadership Team. Many candidates feel nervous when they arrive but as our aim is to ensure a good experience, most end up enjoying the day, especially the team building exercises.
We welcome applications for Senior 3 and Senior 5 and can sometimes offer a few places in Senior 2. For curricular reasons, we do not admit new pupils to Senior 4. All applicants are tested in English, Mathematics and Reasoning, and meet with members of staff to discuss their curricular needs. Entrance Assessments for Senior 2, 3 and 5, take place in January.
A number of new pupils join us for Senior 6, which Heriot’s does rather differently to other schools. Entry is by interview with the Principal and the Head of Sixth Year.