Common Entrance and Scholarship
In Year 8 there are two routes into secondary education. The majority of senior schools require children to take the Common Entrance examination to gain entry. However, there are a number of children who take Academic Scholarship examinations and it is normal that they then do not have to take Common Entrance as well.
Some senior schools set their own Scholarship papers but the majority of local senior schools use the Common Academic Scholarship papers which are based on the same syllabus as Common Entrance. Parents will be advised during Year 7 whether teachers feel that Scholarship is a suitable route for their child.
Children begin preparation for the Common Entrance examinations in Year 7 and there are written papers in English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, TPR and Latin (for those children who have studied it). Children move to a wide variety of senior schools, and in particular, Eastbourne College. The Headmaster is happy to advise on all future senior schools.
Encouraging achievement at the highest level
An impressive number of scholarships and awards are won by St Andrew’s Prep pupils each year to a wide variety of senior schools.
Our success, in so many different disciplines, demonstrates the benefits of our broad curriculum that allows children to develop their talents to the full.
In order to sit a scholarship exam, children need to be in top academic sets with a particular flair for problem solving and thinking for themselves. They will also join enrichment groups and be very motivated to do well.
Senior schools often set their own scholarship papers and the requirements vary enormously. Non-academic awards are also offered by senior schools, most commonly in Art, Drama, Music and Sport.