Common Entrance and Scholarships

Common Entrance

The Common Entrance examinations are used for assessing pupils who transfer to many senior independent schools at 13. Most candidates take their Common Entrance papers in June of the year of entry to their senior school. 

Many senior schools set their own entrance papers at 13+ and pupils are required to take these, often in the January of Year 8. Edge Grove supports and prepares all pupils for the school of their choice and associated entrance examinations. If pupils take January entrance exams to their senior schools they will still take Common Entrance in the Summer of Year 8 and these results are passed on to Senior Schools for setting purposes. 

Examiners, appointed by the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB), set the Common Entrance papers, but the answers are marked by the senior school for which a candidate is entered. The Common Entrance papers consist of written papers in the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies and, if appropriate Latin.

Common Entrance is essentially non-competitive, in that if a candidate reaches the required standard then a place will be given. 


Pupils who are in the Scholarship group have the opportunity to sit papers for Scholarship awards to their chosen senior school. Scholarship exams are generally sat either in spring or summer in Year 8. Each senior school has its own syllabus for each of the papers, and set and mark their own papers. The scholarship process normally consists of a series of papers in the main academic subjects, plus an interview and language orals.

The results can be at one of three levels; an award, which can be a scholarship, an exhibition or a bursary; no award but the pupil is excused Common Entrance on the strength of their papers and finally no award and the pupils is asked to sit Common Entrance.