Applications are invited for year 3 to the Minster Junior School. Applications are co-ordinated by Nottinghamshire County Council and must be made to your home local authority. In addition you will be asked to complete the Minster Junior School supplementary application form.
All applicants are required to pass a test of musical aptitude. Those who pass part one will be invited to take part in part two of the test. The highest scoring candidates will then be offered places. If there are more successful applicants than places available the over-subscription criteria will be applied. Full details can be found on the school website and the Local Authority website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.
Conditions of entry:
Age range: Applications for intake to year 3 in line with the primary co-ordinated scheme. Further auditions may be offered to years 4, 5 and 6 in order to fill any remaining places available.
Tests: These are aimed at discovering musical aptitude and will be conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For potential cathedral choristers, a representative of the Cathedral Choir will be in attendance for part 2 of the aptitude test. Both parts of the audition will last approximately 20 minutes.
Admission to the 40 place Junior School is wholly selective solely on the basis of musical aptitude. Applications can be made for boys and girls for entrance into year 3 in line with the Local Authority co-ordinated scheme. If places remain unfilled further auditions will be offered to applications for years 4, 5 and 6.
Aptitude test part 1
All candidates will be asked to take a test which comprises listening to a number of notes, chords and rhythms and choosing the correct answer from a number of options available.
Aptitude test part 2
Instrumental candidates will be asked to perform two short pieces of music, which can be played or sung. Potential cathedral choristers will be sent and asked to prepare the Easter carol “This Joyful Eastertide”.
Practising the aptitude test part one
The purpose of this material (the test and the answer sheet) is to show parents and students what sort of questions make up our test of music aptitude, associated with the auditions for entry to the Junior School at the Minster School.
We advise parents / carers to sit down with their son / daughter and help them to try out the questions.
For each of the four sections the voice on the track first explains what children have to do, with examples; then there are five questions for them to try; and then the answers are given so that you / they can see how well they did.
In the actual aptitude test on the day there will be the same four sections, with questions in the same format. Section 1 and Section 3 will each have 10 questions.
It is important that your son / daughter understands what to expect on the day. That way they will have the very best chance of scoring well.