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The Common Entrance Exam (also known as CE or the 13+) is taken by pupils as part of the admissions process for Year 9 entry into academically selective Independent Schools at age 13. Common Entrance consists of examinations in Mathematics (three papers: a mental mathematics paper, plus written non-calculator and calculator), English (two papers), Geography, History, Religious Studies, Latin, Classical Greek, plus either a specialist Physics, Chemistry and Biology or a Combined Science. There can also be a choice of four languages: Spanish, French, German or Mandarin, assessed via listening, spoken and written papers. The only compulsory elements of the Common Entrance Exam are Maths, English and a Science, with each schools offering their own combination and subject requirements.
The Common Entrance (CE) for admission at age 11, 12 or 13 to Independent Schools, usually from Preparatory Schools, is to be scrapped in 18 months. Many leading Public Schools now recruit more children from State Primary Schools and increasingly at Year 7 rather than at Year 9. Common Entrance was introduced in 1904. The "pass mark" varies widely and is high for the more prestigious schools but can be much lower for schools where academic standards are less demanding. For over a century CE has worked well, ensuring that privately-educated children transfer to an Independent School that matches their academic abilities and potential. Scholarships and bursaries are also available to rovide opportunities to a wider range of children, including those from less-privileged backgrounds.
We connect you to the best teachers who work across several of the best primary and secondary schools in Shrewsbury (some detailed below). This means we can reliably provide you with a local and experienced tutor that fits your needs.
Shrewsbury primary school performance:
The Shrewsbury area has 28 primary schools (one of the top being St George's Junior School with 23% of pupils achieving at a higher standard).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The Shrewsbury local authority has an average of 65% of students meeting the expected standards in reading, writing, and maths at primary school age (vs England's average of 65%). And has an average of 10% achieving higher standard (vs England's average of 11%).
Shrewsbury secondary school performance:
The Shrewsbury area has 11 secondary schools (one of the top being The Priory School with 57% of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The Shrewsbury local authority has an average of 41% of students achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs (vs England's average of 43%). And has an average of 94% of students either staying in education or entering employment after GCSEs (vs England's average of 94%).
Shrewsbury Ofsted ratings:
70% of Shrewsbury schools have received at least a 'Good' Ofsted rating, with 5 schools receiving an 'Outstanding' rating in their last evaluation.
Source: Gov.UK Website