There is a huge range of Independent/private schools spread out over Great Britain, which is why we focus here on entrance exam papers for private schools. These schools are fee paying and most of them are members of the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). Private schools are independent of many regulations that apply to state schools. The biggest of these regulations that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.

Welcome to our Private School Past Papers

With the state sector underfunded and the best-performing schools oversubscribed, it is no surprise that many parents turn to the private sector for secondary schools. Top private schools have their choice of the best and brightest candidates. They use entrance exams to identify those pupils with the strongest academic potential. To give your child the best chances of succeeding, it’s important to prepare them effectively.

That’s the main reason I formed Passed Papers – to give every parent easy access to the right past papers and test-taking tips. That means improved scores and reduced anxiety for you and your child.

Why use Past Papers?

The best way to prepare for private school entrance exams is by using past papers. Firstly, sitting an entrance exam is stressful. If your child knows to expect, they will be a lot calmer on the big day. This will allow them to work to the best of their ability. Another reason is that if your child has practised answering similar questions under timed conditions, they will get used to working quickly and accurately. Finally, taking past papers will reveal the types of questions your child consistently gets wrong. By focusing on common mistakes, you can target your child’s practice and make the best use of his or her preparation time.

Private school entrance exams are as unique as the schools setting them.

Difficulty levels will vary, as will the types of questions featured. However, the majority of private school entrance exams test children on Maths and English/verbal ability.

The MATHS part of a private school entrance exam could cover a very wide range of Maths entrance exam topics. The majority of private school Maths entrance exams include Number, Measures, Algebra, Indices.

Most private schools provide examples of past papers to prospective applicants. Once you’ve identified the format of the entrance exam your child will be sitting, use similar past papers to give your child further practice.

Choosing the right private school in London

Choosing the right private school for your child can be a daunting task. In this section, you can find a list of private schools in London. You will find them divided into:

In these lists you will also find:

  • Admissions Info: A list of private schools in London for each subcategory
  • Entrance Exams: A list of private school entrance exam papers available

From these lists of private schools, you can also see which private schools there are in London. This could not only be helpful in finding the best private school for your child but also help you get an idea of what the Admissions criteria for each of these private schools in London. You will also be able to look at and download sample papers for those that make their entrance exam papers available.

Admission pages

Visiting the Admissions page for the relevant schools will help you understand the procedures each private school in London uses for admission and you will be able to see:

  • which forms of assessment is used
  • whether it is a day or boarding school
  • whether it is coeducational, a boys school or a girls school

Navigating each private school in London’s website will also provide information regarding:

  • school fees
  • religious affiliation
  • assistance such as scholarships and bursaries
  • religious affiliation
  • age range at each school
  • special education

It is still highly recommended to get in contact with each of the private schools in London that made it onto your shortlist and visit them on their relevant open days. It is also important for you and your child to get a feel for the school and make sure that your child is part of this process. You might also find my blog on School Open Days very informative and helpful.

Good luck with this very important journey.

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Inequality in Education

In education, as in life, things are not always fair. However, something needs to be done. Ministers have been criticized for not doing enough, to be precise “total and abject failure” to widen access to top universities for disadvantaged students.

An analysis by the Labour party found that the proportion of disadvantaged students attending Russel Group Universities only rose with one percentage point since 2010. To make things worse, the process of clearing is being used by the middle class and more well-off in lieu of their more disadvantaged peers. Clearing is

Unfortunately, it seems like those with affluent parents and from affluent schools can also play the clearing system. Therefore the working families once again get left behind.

Sutton Trust Research showed that even disadvantaged learners who perform well at primary school are less likely to get top grades in secondary school. They have to deal with teaching assistant cuts, parents are hit by low wages, benefit cuts and also high rent. For some, their own room and 3 meals a day might be a luxury.

 Entrance exam papers for private schools.