Admissions / 16+ Entry


Stage one: Review of applications and references

Once we receive applications we will contact applicants' schools for a detailed 
academic reference. Applications and references are considered in the beginning
of October (the UKiset will also be reviewed alongside overseas boy’s applications). All applicants will be advised in mid-October whether they will be invited to take the entrance examinations.

Stage two: Entrance Exams

Selected 16+ applicants are required to sit the entrance examinations in their chosen Eighth Form subjects at St Paul’s in the beginning of November. Overseas candidates may sit the exams on the same date at their local British Council providing we give prior agreement (applicants will be responsible for making initial contact and incur any associated cost).

The exam syllabus will be based on the current GCSE syllabus.  We are aware that most applicants will only be part way through their Year 11 GCSE courses or studying alternative syllabuses. The papers are designed to test analytical skills and problem solving ability more than factual recall. 

All candidates also sit a problem solving paper and a critical thinking skills paper.

There will be a single paper in Mathematics.  The candidates that have selected just Mathematics and those who have also selected Further Mathematics will sit the same paper.  The paper is designed to test understanding and problem solving skills in algebra, geometry, numerical and graphical work.

There is no examination for Art or Extended Projects.

Candidates selecting Politics or Economics may not have studied these subjects before. A detailed understanding of these subjects is not necessary, however candidates will be required to analyse and critically appraise supplied material.

No past papers are available.

The examination marks are reviewed and boys who have performed well in all their
chosen subjects are invited back for interview.

Stage three: Interview

Selected applicants are interviewed by the subject Heads of Department in each of their chosen subjects. Interviews take place at St Paul’s on a Saturday toward the
end of November. No exceptions can be made to the date or location of the

Candidates wishing to:

Board - will be interviewed by the House Master and given a tour of the boarding house

Study Art - will be required to bring a portfolio of their recent work for inspection

Study Engineering - will be asked to bring any design work they have completed

Study Music - will have the opportunity to perform a short piece of music on their
main instrument

Stage four: Offers

Places are offered to candidates who demonstrate scholarship, can comfortably meet the high academic standards of the school and are likely to make a notable
contribution to school life. Candidates are notified on 1 December.

Offers are conditional on GCSE (or IGCSE) grades. Candidates are expected to achieve at least eight passes including English and Mathematics, all at Grade A or
above and at least six should be grade A*.

Overseas candidates whose schools do not offer GCSEs will be required to achieve
equivalent results in their public examinations.

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