Third Year

St George’s accepts boys and girls at 13+ from preparatory schools into the Third Year of the College. Each year up to 44 places are reserved for this entry making the College one of the main providers of day school education of this type in the area.

Process for application

All families are encouraged to have their first introduction to the College by attending one of the Open Mornings in March or September. Open Mornings offer prospective families an informal visit to the College where extensive tours with Sixth Formers are offered along with a chance to talk to staff. The Headmaster makes an address to families at regular intervals throughout the morning.

Prospective parents are encouraged to talk to their prep school Heads about the choice of St George’s for their son or daughter. Almost all local prep schools feed in to the College but some will know us better than others. Parents are encouraged to arrange an appointment with Mr Joe Peake, the Headmaster of the College after first attending an Open Morning. A short tour with younger students can also be arranged at this time. Interviews with prospective children, however, are not a part of the entry process.

When parents feel that St George’s is a strongly possible choice for their son/daughter, they are encouraged to register using the College Registration Form which can be found in the prospectus folder. Registration should take place before the dates given below.

Selection criteria and process

he following criteria are used to determine entry:

·Academic performance

·Reference from the prep school

·Indication of interest in the school as demonstrated by attending Open Day, etc.

·The presence of a sibling already in the College or previous family connection

There is an expectation that the family are sympathetic to the Christian, Catholic, Josephite ethos of St George’s. It is important for families and the College that we ensure the likely success of a boy or girl through Common Entrance. We would never wish to turn someone away in their Common Entrance year. To do this we run two Pre-test sessions.

Eligibility

Boys and girls must be under 14 years of age on 1 September of the year of entry.

Pre-Test at 11+

This takes place in the January, two calendar years before entry. Thus the Pre-test for September 2017 entry will take place in January 2015. The Pre-test candidate will take the same examination papers as those candidates seeking entry at age 11. Parents will need to stipulate before the examination that the application is for 13+. The assessment is in Mathematics, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Specimen Maths and English papers are available. Registration for this must take place before the last day of the November preceding the test. It is not expected that more than half the places available will be taken up by the 11+ process. Subsequent to success in the Pre-test, a family will not be permitted to change a 13+ application into an 11+ application. A child failing to gain an offer at 11+ can re-register for the 12+ Pre-test.

Sample papers

To find copies of our sample papers please visit the admissions downloads page.

Pre-Test at 12+

This takes place in the January, one calendar year before entry. Thus, the Pre-test for September 2016 entry will take place in January 2015. The Pre-test involves testing of verbal and non verbal reasoning and short English and Maths papers for which specimen papers are available. The English paper involves an extended writing piece and the Maths paper tests key skills on numbers and algebra. Registration must take place before the last day of the November preceding the test. Some of the places available will have been allocated to candidates who took the 11+ Pre-test.

The families of boys and girls who pass the Pre-test will be made a conditional offer of a place. The place will depend upon:

  • A satisfactory performance at Common Entrance. The average Common Entrance score is normally around 70%. There is an expectation that those who have succeeded in the Pre-test will achieve Common Entrance scores which will not average less than 60%.
  • A fully supportive reference from the preparatory school
  • The receipt of a deposit which is only refundable when the boy/girl leaves the College. The purpose of this is to ensure that only those families, who definitely want their son/daughter to join the College, should continue to hold a reserved place. Presently this sum is £800. Families taking the 11+ pretest will not be asked for this deposit until the next calendar year. Those taking the 12+ Pre-test will be asked for the deposit in only a short period of time following the test. A separate booklet describes the scholarships on offer at the College. Applications for academic scholarships should be made through the preparatory school.

Sample papers

To find copies of our sample papers please visit the admissions downloads page.

Test dates

Year of Entry

Pre-test 11+ (Year 6)

Pre-test 12+ (Year 7)

Scholarship Assessment

2015

Jan 2013 (closed)

Jan 2014 (closed)

Jan/Feb 2015

2016

Jan 2014 (closed)

Jan 2015

Jan/Feb 2016

2017

Jan 2015

Jan 2016

Jan/Feb 2017

The College reserves the right to change the above process and description at any time.

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If you would like to receive a prospectus or download the College Registration Form please complete our Enquiry Form.