The John Warner School

Secondary Transfer


The secondary tranfer process for the students wishing to join Year 7 in September 2019 will open in September 2018. 

Open Evening

Our Open Evening will take place on Thursday, 6th September 2018 from 6pm to 9pm. Speeches will take place in the school hall by Mr Scott, Headteacher at 6pm and 7pm. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

During our Open Evening you will have a chance to view the school, speak to members of staff and students, have a personalised tour, talk to senior members of staff, speak with the Admissions Officer and see a sample test question. All paperwork required to apply to our school and enter for the Technology Aptitude Test will be handed to you during the evening.

Tour of the School

Following on from our Open Evening, you may wish to book a day-time tour of the school. These tours will take place on 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th September and the 8th October from 09:00 to 10:30. You can reserve your space during the Open Evening or by complete the online form below.   

How to Apply

Two forms must be completed to enable the school’s Governing Body to assess your application properly:

Your Local Authority Application Form. This form will be distributed through your Local Authority and will normally be in the form of an on-line application. The deadline for completion is 31st October 2018.

The John Warner School Supplementary Information Form available which can be downloaded from the website or collected in your pack on Open Evening. This form should be completed and returned directly to the school by 31st October 2018.

You also have the option for your child to sit the school’s Technology Aptitude Test which will take place on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at The John Warner Sports Centre. If you would like your child to be considered under this criterion then you must complete the application form and return it directly to the school by 23rd September 2018. You will be written to before your Local Authority’s deadline for applications informing you of your child’s results.

Admitting Over PAN for 2019/2020

The Governing Body of The John Warner School has taken the decision to admit over PAN for the academic year 2019/2020 by seven students. The PAN was set in September 2017 at 225 and the extra seven students will take the number of students we admit to 232.

Since the school was measured, substantial further enhancement to accommodation has taken place. The school has also undertaken a thorough and systematic review of its curriculum and staffing arrangements in order to continue to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all students across the age and ability range. One outcome of that review is that the Governing Body of The John Warner School now believes that the school can cope with 232 students in Year 7 with effect from September 2019.

Therefore, in accordance with the current Admissions Code and in consultation with the Local Authority, The John Warner School will be admitting over the published admission number of 225 to 232 for the academic year 2019/2020. 

The information has today been published on the admissions area of the school’s website.

Technology Aptitude Test

The tests form part of our oversubscription criteria for secondary transfer and involve the children sitting two papers: a non-verbal reasoning paper (40 minutes) and a spatial awareness test (45 minutes), both papers look for the ability to recognise similarities, analogies and patterns in unfamiliar designs.  A sample question will be read out and then a period of time will be given for the children to complete each section of the multiple choice questions. The scores are then converted to an age-standardised score which takes into account the fact that some children are very young in the year groups. There is no pass mark for these tests, places are strictly offered in descending order of each applicant’s standardised test score.

You should advise the school before the test and on the day of the test if your child has any special requirements that you feel may disadvantage them when sitting the test.  If your child is sick on the day of the test, please telephone the school in the morning.

This is not an intelligence test. The test is looking for students that show an aptitude for technology; a good example of this would be problem-solving based around pictures, diagrams and shapes. Below are examples of the type of questions that may be asked:

  • Spotting the odd shape out
  • Working out what a shape would like like when folded
  • Identifying mirror images
  • Working out the next diagram in a sequence 

How Places Are Allocated

Each year we move through the list in ranked order with the highest score being at the top and continue allocating until all 10% of places available have been given. Please be aware that in compliance with the School Admission Code 1.32(c) the school will not at any stage give out the individual rankings but will provide you with the outcome by informing you of the overall score that your child has achieved.  

If you would like your child to apply for this test, please complete the Technology Aptitude Test Form and return by the stated deadline.