There are two methods of entry to the school at 13+: 

  • Common Entrance Examination, for boys at preparatory schools.
  • 13+ Entrance Examination, for candidates from maintained schools and independent schools which do not prepare candidates for Common Entrance.

Common Entrance Examination

Common Entrance papers are taken in the June preceding entry in September. Candidates are expected to perform to a suitable standard which for MCS generally means in the region of 70%.

Prior to this, candidates must take the Pretest. This includes:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Maths, based on the National Curriculum Year 5 Programme of Study plus the following topics from the Year 6 programme of study:
    • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using a formal written method, interpreting remainders according to the context
    • identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
    • solve problems involving the calculation of percentages [for example, of measures, and such as
      15% of 360]
    • calculate the area of triangles and compound shapes made of rectangles and triangles
    • find unknown angles in any triangle or quadrilaterals
    • calculate and interpret the mean as an average
  • an English Composition (a fiction and non-fiction essay)
  • and (for the majority of candidates) an interview.

The Pretest now happens in conjunction with the 11+ test, in the January of Year 6. Pretest candidates take the same tests as 11+ candidates, on the same day. Click here for more information and sample papers.

Following the Pretest, candidates are offered provisional places, subject to their performance at Common Entrance or Scholarship level.

13+ Entrance Examination

This is for candidates from maintained schools and independent schools which do not prepare candidates for Common Entrance.

Further information detailing what to expect and practicalities for the day is available here. Click here to download sample papers for English composition, Mathematics, French, German and Spanish.

What should I do if I have a question?

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Registrar at any stage of the admissions and applications process (01865 253430). 

Please click here for a Registration Form.