Common Entrance

Common Entrance should not be thought of as a set of entrance exams; rather it is a curriculum structure with depth, breadth and rigour that provides the ideal stepping stone towards success at GCSE.


When a “conditional” place is offered at the pre-test stage then the senior school is confident that the child will do well enough at Common Entrance, assuming of course that he/she continues to engage positively at school. With parents, teachers and the child working in partnership what we aim to do is to get the very best marks possible at CE - the icing on the cake. It is incredibly rare for things to go so wrong that a child fails at CE, and even then a phone call or meeting of Heads usually smooths the way.  If there are problems with progress then these are flagged up early and remedial steps are instigated.  The confidence and study skills gained through the Common Entrance process at Feltonfleet provide such a good grounding for senior school life.


The written Common Entrance examinations take place in Year 8 the first full week in June.  Most pupils sit papers in eight academic subjects, including Spanish or Latin. A small group of children do not study Latin or Spanish and they will only sit seven subjects.
    Core Subjects:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Latin or Spanish
Pupils are well prepared for these exams and this preparation stands them in good stead when they start their GCSE courses in Year 9.