Ibstock is a co-ed day school located in Roehampton in south-west London. They’ve recently enjoyed great academic success in 2018, with their pupils achieving 84% A*/A at GCSE and IGCSE level. They are also in the top 5% in the country for progress achieved from when the students first join to when they leave the school. Among just the independent sector, they are still impressively in the top 7% for ‘value added’.
At Ibstock, the students have lots of open green space to spend their senior school years, but it’s not just this that makes the school a favourite among parents and students. The students are naturally expected to be hardworking, but there is a very friendly and approachable atmosphere at the school. Additionally, the teaching and pastoral care is of the highest quality.
Do attend one of their open days to see for yourself but parents often remark on how genuinely caring and involved the teachers are. There is a sense that the teachers wish to work collaboratively with the parents.
The school participates in competitive sports with other leading independent schools including Eton College, Charterhouse, City of London and King’s College. The school has good facilities onsite and there are additional facilities such as a modern sports hall, sports field and swimming pool at a nearby campus, which is a short walk away.
The newly built theatre is truly amazing, with seating for 300 people, an orchestra pit and a foyer area with a bar. There is a green room and dressing rooms backstage. It is at professional level and can be hired externally when the school is not using the space.
Entrance into the prep school occurs at 6+, 7+, 8+ and 9+. For the 6+, there is a thirty-minute individual assessment, focusing on topics your child will already be learning at school. Entrance at 7+ and 8+ requires your child to sit an English and a maths paper. For 9+ entry, students need to sit the English and maths papers, as well as an additional reasoning paper. There is no automatic entry into the senior school.
To join the senior school in year 7, candidates sit papers set by the school itself in English, maths and reasoning. The school does not issue past papers but the tests are based on the national curriculum. As always, it’s a good idea to prepare your child beyond the national average level to maximise their chances of attaining a place. The school also requests a report from your child’s current headteacher. Furthermore, there is an interview with a staff member from Ibstock.