𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐊’𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝟏𝟑+?
The UK’s top boarding schools have a golden reputation worldwide. Eton, Harrow, Wycombe Abbey, Westminster, Tonbridge and many others produce alumni who progress to elite universities and glittering careers. Inevitably, competition for entry at 13+ for these schools is intense.
𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 The first step is to arrange a consultation with an experienced schools professional to recommend appropriate schools for your child. Academic levels are just part of the picture. Parents must also match their child’s extracurricular talents and pastoral care needs to schools too.
𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 Parents should start planning for entry at 13+ at least two years before the planned date of entry. Initially, most pupils prepare for the UKiset assessment. A UKiset profile provides schools with the information they need when considering an overseas applicant.
𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐬 The UKiset Profile sometimes reveals surprises. A pupil’s English or maths may not quite meet the required standard. Additional tuition helps to remedy weaknesses.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 A formal interview with a Headmaster of a future school is a challenging prospect. Nor is it a natural skill. Pupils improve greatly if they undertake interviews with educational professionals who have experience of British education and have been involved in the admission process. Common Entrance or school specific entry exams Nearly all schools require pupils to sit competitive entry papers. All overseas candidates will need help from experienced teachers to guide them through the requirements - both content and exam technique.