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Prep Schools (Preparatory)

Prep schools start at ages 7 or 8 depending on the history of the school. They run through to 11 and 13 respectively for girls and boys. They have to ensure their educational standard is strong - their success or failure depends on their placing their charges in the top secondary schools.

At Colet Court (Prep for St Paul's Boys) the entrance examination at 6+ for entry at 7 years of age, will require a prospective candidate to be able to discuss some 15 (fifteen) books, at interview with the Head, that he has read. This is a somewhat daunting but not impossible task for a bright six year old. They will usually be examined in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. There are later points of entry, at 10 or 11 years of age, to some of these schools but once again we ask parents to be aware of the fact that there are some 118 students who will compete for just 11 places.

A child who is 10 for a girl and 12 for a boy will find a place in a Prep School quite difficult to find. Entry at this late stage would mean a very short preparation time before they have to take entrance examinations for a Senior School and any Prep School, who guards their academic reputation closely, would be very wary of that happening.