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Norwich School

In their own words

"Education has been part of life in and around Norwich's Cathedral Close for over 900 years. We are proud to continue this rich tradition as we prepare young people for 21st century life: the Cathedral oversees our busy lives and underpins the sense of stability with which our surroundings counter-balance the energy of this thoroughly modern co-educational urban day school.

Our ethos and aims refer to the inculcation of curiosity and a willingness to explore different aspects of our broad provision, including making the most of opportunities for leadership and service within a loving, inclusive, compassionate community. Following the twin goals of aspiration to excellence and broad participation, it is certainly true that members of Norwich School achieve a good deal, both inside the classroom and in the wider life of the school.

However, thanks to a virtuous triangle of talented pupils, committed staff and supportive parents, for me it is the quality of human relationships which forms the special ingredient in the Norwich School recipe. Based on an excellent pastoral system, there is mutual care and respect among all members of our community; and all this in our unique environment, which is at once both uplifting and soothing.

The cumulative effect is to enable our pupils to enjoy a world-class education which prepares them admirably to follow the path they choose when they leave us, while establishing a lifelong connection with the friends they have made. However, you should not take my word for the intangible qualities which set a Norwich School education apart; rather, come to see the school in action for yourself.

Entrance is assessed via CAT4 cognitive assessment, from GL.

CAT4 is one of, if not the most unique school assessment in circulation. Most children will not have encountered either the CAT4 question types or the format, previously. The good news is that the very specific nature of the exam, means that with effort and perseverance it is possible to achieve confident preparation for your CAT4 entrance exam.

CAT4 is broken into 4 broad categories:

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Spatial Reasoning

We have partnered with the test experts at Ready Steady Pass, to bring you the most accurate and best value CAT4 practise material for children between 6 and 13 years of age. The tests are prepared by specialist CAT4 writers and audited by AQA and EdExcel exam markers, and ISI independent school inspectors. Tests are taken online, include unlimited resits and emailed results including answer sheets to share with tutors and parents.

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What questions can I expect?

Each of the 4 questions categories in CAT4 (which GL call "batteries") has two different question types, creating 8 mini exams.

Quantitative Reasoning assess numerical questions, with a focus on patterns and relationships:

  • Number Series questions involve identifying the missing number in a sequence.

  • Number Analogies questions are to do with spotting the relationships between pairs of numbers.

Verbal Reasoning asses the relationship between words:

  • The Verbal Classification battery focuses on word classes and word types.

  • Verbal Analogies questions identify the relationship between pairs of words.

Non-Verbal Reasoning looks at the relationship between shapes:

  • Figure Classification asks you to spot the relationship between a series of images and select the image that matches them.

  • Figure Matrices shows a pattern of shapes presented in a square, challenging us to choose the missing shape.

Spatial Reasoning is a particular kind of non-verbal reasoning:

  • Figure Recognition questions challenge us to find a hidden shape within an image.

  • Figure Analysis questions, sometimes called Folding questions, present the challenges of recognising unfolded paper that has been hole punched at a certain fold.

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