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Runnymede College, Madrid

In their own words

When my father, Arthur Powell OBE, founded Runnymede College more than half a century ago, his aim was simple, yet profound: to offer British education in Madrid. He knew the value of liberal, humanistic learning. He understood the power of British teaching to challenge and indeed change young people’s minds and lives for the better. That was his vision, and it remains his legacy.

As my father’s successor, I have been Headmaster of Runnymede since 1988, and I am immensely proud to have seen the school continue to grow in size and success over that time. I am also proud to have seen my own children become integral to the running of the school, as well as taking great pleasure in watching my grandchildren blossom as they embark on their own educational journeys in the Runnymede Junior School.

For Runnymede College is not just a school which is, now almost uniquely in Spain, still under the careful aegis of its founder’s family, but a family in a much broader sense. The pupils, parents and staff are connected by close bonds of mutual respect, affection and appreciation.

Our pupils know that at Runnymede they will have access to superb facilities, on a campus designed to support excellence — not only academically, but also in the vital fields of sport, music, art, and drama.

More importantly, they know they will have access to the very best teachers. Our staff have not only been educated at some of the world’s best universities, but they are exceptionally dedicated; determined to ensure that their students all fulfil their potential. Brilliant teachers enable excellent learners, and we are justly proud of the superlative university offers we receive from world-beating institutions in the UK, USA, Spain and the rest of Europe — including Oxbridge and the Ivy League. We are also delighted by our results at IGCSE and A-level, which year on year confirm us as the leading British school in Spain.

Beyond this, our parents know that by entrusting us with their children’s education, they will also be welcomed into the Runnymede community. They know that we will all do our utmost to produce individuals who are well-rounded, well-mannered, intellectually curious, kind and respectful, whether they join us in Pre-Nursery or Year 12.

Key to my father’s vision, and mine, is the importance of the English language. In a world in a state of seemingly endless flux, one constant remains: the significance of English as a global language; as the twenty-first century’s great facilitator of communication. Our pupils leave Runnymede with a level of English that will open doors for them across the world, in whatever professional sphere they choose to explore.

Frank M Powell, BSc (Econ.) (Hons.), PGCE

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

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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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