Welcome to our 2023 private school scholarships, private school bursaries.
2023 Scholarship Exams / 13 plus Exams (Common Entrance Exam)
Below you will find a great:
- Selection of scholarship exams.
- Set of premium 13 plus exams (common entrance exams).
- SEARCH BY senior schools using the ISEB Common Pretest.
We also have a practice school examsw partner who offers many top private school exam practice papers.
Introducing the Independent Schools Council
We recommend that you read the independent, non-profit ISC’s Getting an independent school scholarship. The ISC represents about 80% independent schools in the UK. Independent schools that belong to the ISC are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) according to a framework agreed upon between the various assessment bodies including the DfE and Ofsted.
Or, our 11 plus Common Entrance exams.
13+ Entrance Exams
Some Independent Schools set and mark their own 13+ Entrance Exams, rather than use the ISEB Common Entrance Exam. These exams are taken in Year 8, usually in January, though sometimes taken in November or early summer May/June. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are compulsory and can be offered at more than one level. In addition to these, papers can be taken in a range of subjects such as History and Geography; Spanish, French and German; Latin, Classical Greek and Religious Studies. Modern Languages and the Classics can also be taken at different levels.
The fee for Common Entrance Exam Entry is £115. The fee for other 11+ Entrance Exams and 13+ Entrance Exams is £125.
Private school scholarship exams 13+
13+ History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2016).
History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2015).
13+ History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2014).
History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2013)
13+ History (St George’s College Scholarship)
13+Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2016).
Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2015).
13+Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2014)
Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2013)
Private school scholarships exams – 11+ Non-verbal Reasoning
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning 1
Non-verbal Reasoning 2
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning Test 1
Non-verbal Reasoning Test 2
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning Test 3
Non-verbal Reasoning Test 4
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning Test 5
Non-verbal Reasoning (IPS 2006)
Private school scholarships exams – 11+ Verbal Reasoning
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 1
11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 2
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 3
11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 4
Verbal Reasoning Test 5
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Eight
Verbal Reasoning Test Five
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Four
Verbal Reasoning Test Nine
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Seven
Verbal Reasoning Test Ten
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Three
Verbal Reasoning Test Two
Private school scholarships exams – Biology, Chemistry etc
Independent School Bursaries Advice
Most Independent Schools now divert their funds towards Bursaries, to encourage talented children of less well-off families to join their school. Bursaries can be worth up to 100% of school fees, though most are much less than this.
The value of the Bursary is determined by means-testing a family’s financial circumstances (including income and assets). The threshold for family income, in order to award a Bursary, can be quite high, around £50 to £60k.
Bursary Interviews take place throughout the year before entry. Be very honest in answering all the questions and providing all of the detailed information required. A Bursary awards are reviewed annually and can flex up and down a little.
Although the agreed intention is to keep the student at the school for the long-term. Be reassured that schools do not publish lists or identify those students who hold Bursaries. Confidence is kept throughout the process.
Private School Scholarships Advice
Most Independent Schools offer Scholarships to attract the most talented pupils to their school. Scholarships awarded by the more established and bigger brand schools (Eton, Winchester, Harrow, …) who have large foundations, can be financially significant. The majority of Scholarships are:
- Less about financial value and more purely honorary, resulting in a status within the school or a name on the honours board.
- Worth between 0% and 10% in fee discount.
If your child was reading at three, knew all their times tables at four and was reading demanding books at six, then you may wish to have them assessed by a teacher, to give a view on their current achievement and future potential as a Scholar.
Scholarships are highly competitive. You will also need to invest in time and expertise to help prepare your child towards their Scholarships Exams and Assessments. Do not pressure your child, who of course will want to do well and succeed. Approach it with an attitude of “Let us give it a go!”
Private school scholarships, bursaries, grants
- Firstly, our Private School Scholarship Exams 11+ and 13+.
- Secondly, School Entrance Tests‘ guide to the Most Prestigious Private Schools.
- Then next, St Mary’s scholarship exams and Westminster Scholarship exam practice.
- And our features on How much is prep school? and How to arrange an independent school bursary.
- Plus also Eton exam practice and How much are Eton College fees?
- And then finally, our getting an Eton College scholarship.
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