Firstly, all the Private School Entrance Exams 14+ Past Papers can be found below.
There is a huge range of Independent/private schools spread out over Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. These schools are fee paying and most of them are members of the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). Private schools are run by governors and independent of many regulations that apply to state schools. The biggest of these regulations that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.
Private Secondary Schools
Private secondary schools cater for children between 11 and 13 to 16 and often has a Sixth Form within the school for children 16-18. Many of these private schools are also members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).
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. Ofsted oversees this. All independent schools in England are however registered with the Department of Education. The Secretary of State for Education therefore regulates these schools.
The best way to search for school options is probably to have a look at the schools in the area and work from there. You can then find the Website and Admissions pages for these schools either through the above links or by going to our various pages like:
Private Secondary School Websites (London)
Admission to Private Secondary School Websites (London)
As each private school manages their own admission procedures, these 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.
For academically selective schools various forms of assessment can be used either at 11+, 12+ or 13+. These may include Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and also exams on various other subjects. The best would be to check the Admissions page of your preferred schools.
For specimen papers and past papers have a further look at our vast collection.
In England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Common Wealth countries a Sixth Form refers to the last 1-3 years of schooling. This is usually between the ages of 16 and 18. A Sixth Form education is to prepare for A-level exams, at the end of Year 13.
The word comes from an earlier system of schooling in England and Wales. The first 5 years of secondary schooling were divided into forms. You would move up a form every year until the fifth form. If you stayed on at school to prepare for A-levels you would then go onto the sixth form. This system was changed from the 1990-1991 academic year. School years are now chronologically numbered. Schooling starts with Reception (year turning 4) with Year 1 (year turning 5) following.
For most schools Sixth Form, therefore, consists of Year 12 (Lower Sixth) and Year 13 (Upper Sixth).
Although most English Private Secondary schools have a Sixth Form as part of the school, these can also be independent.
Private Sixth Forms
Sixth Form Private School Admissions
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