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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 Guildford (some detailed below). This means we can reliably provide you with a local and experienced tutor that fits your needs.
Guildford primary school performance:
The Guildford area has 59 primary schools (one of the top being Wonersh and Shamley Green CofE Aided Primary School with 50% of pupils achieving at a higher standard).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The Guildford local authority has an average of 70% 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 14% achieving higher standard (vs England's average of 11%).
Guildford secondary school performance:
The Guildford area has 22 secondary schools (one of the top being St Peter's Catholic School with 69% of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The Guildford local authority has an average of 52% of students achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs (vs England's average of 43%). And has an average of 95% of students either staying in education or entering employment after GCSEs (vs England's average of 94%).
Guildford Ofsted ratings:
70% of Guildford schools have received at least a 'Good' Ofsted rating, with 24 schools receiving an 'Outstanding' rating in their last evaluation.
Source: Gov.UK Website