Our focus here is on Harrow Private Schools entry and Harrow prep school exams.
UK Private School Entry 2023
Our intro to Prep Schools
Prep (Preparatory) schools are those that therefore cater for students up to the age of 13 to ‘prepare’ learners for school entrance to the public (expensive and exclusive schools for 13-18-year-olds) and independent secondary schools.
As each private school manages its own admission procedures, these, therefore, vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and administer some kind of assessment.
For children, up to 7, a prep school would therefore usually ‘assess’ prospective students through an interview and a taster day at the school. There are however schools the make use of 7+ formal assessments.
Our Intro to Private Secondary Schools
These schools cater for children between 11 / 13 to 16 and often has a Sixth Form within the school for children 16-18. Many of these private schools are members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspect independent schools that belong to the ISC. This, according to a framework agreed upon between the various assessment bodies including the DfE and Ofsted.
As each private school manages its own admission procedures, these therefore vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and even those that don’t, require an interview to see whether your child would fit into their particular school environment.
Various forms of assessment can be used either at 11+ or 13+ for academically selective schools. These may include Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and also exams on various other subjects. The best would, however, be to check the Admissions page of your preferred schools.
Harrow Private Schools list
Alpha Prep School
Buckingham Preparatory School
Orley Farm School
Quainton Hall School
Roxeth Mead School
The John Lyon School.