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Two years before entry, at age 11 (when pupils are in Year 7), all registered pupils are invited to a test and interview day to win a place that is conditional on passing another test during the following academic year, prior to entry thereafter.
The Uppingham pre-tests comprise papers in Maths and English, both being 30 minutes long. Prospective pupils will also interview for 10 to 15 minutes with two members of staff, an interview that is supported by a reference from their prep or junior school. Past papers are not available.
For many any place won will be conditional on Common Entrance where the School seeks a 55% average pass mark. Others will fulfil this condition by sitting academic scholarship examinations. (Uppingham uses the CASE scholarship papers set by ISEB, except in Science, where we use this syllabus to set out own papers.) For pupils from schools that do not offer CE, candidates fulfil their offer by sitting the Uppingham Non Common Entrance test which is made up of two 40-minute tests in Maths and English and typically takes place by individual arrangement in February or March prior to entry in September. The Non Common Entrance Test usually takes place at Uppingham and is accompanied by an interview with the Director of Studies and an updated reference from the current school.
Uppingham admits 20-30 girls into the Sixth Form each September. The very great majority of these will follow the two-year course to A level, but a small number of overseas candidates may seek to attend for one year only to gain AS level qualifications only. Most of the girls admitted join the Sixth Form girls’ house, The Lodge. A smaller number of boys (10-15) are also admitted and accommodated in spaces that exist within the nine 13-18 boys' houses.
All candidates either sit our Sixth Form Test and Interview process or take the Sixth Form Scholarship Examinations, or in the case of non-Scholarship candidates the interviews and aptitude tests. To take part in either of these entry procedures candidates must be registered with the School in advance. The closing date for registration to take these tests in November 2016 is 30th September 2016.
The non-Scholarship procedure involves three tests as follows: Mathematics (30 minutes, calculator permitted), English Paper (45 minutes, essay based) and a Chosen Subject paper (45 minutes and a choice from: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, French, German, Geography, History, Latin, Physics, RS and Spanish). All candidates have two interviews, one House-based (with one of our Housemasters or Housemistresses) and one School-based (with a senior member of staff). They are designed to ascertain whether or not the boy or girl is enthusiastic about, and likely to be able to adapt to, the particular demands and circumstances of boarding at a school committed to a full boarding ethos. With the parents’ permission, the School will already have written to the Head of the candidate’s present school, to ask for a confidential report on him or her. Protocol insists that Uppingham cannot consider making a formal offer unless the present school has been informed of the application.
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