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Entry at Year 9 (13+) can be via the Independent Schools Common Entrance Examination, held in June each year, or via our own entry procedure which is detailed below. If your son is at an Independent Preparatory School they will decide which method of entry is best.

To enter at this stage your son must be 13 years old by 1 September of the year of entry.

The exam consists of three written papers:


The entrance test follows National Curriculum guidelines and consists of two parts:

  Comprehension (45 minutes).   

  Writing – A choice of subjects to allow free English expression (30 minutes).


The exam, which lasts 75 minutes, will be based on topics in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3.

Please Note: We do not supply past or practice papers but relevant revision material can be readily found online and in print.

 Non-Verbal Reasoning

The boys sit a non-verbal reasoning paper that lasts 30 minutes.  A clear explanation of how to approach the test is given prior to the actual paper – including a practice test.

Year 9 Entrance Procedure