Senior School Links
After this discussion, parents should look at a number of senior schools, preferably arranging a personal tour and meeting the Headmaster/ Headmistress. If parents are considering a popular school they must register their child early as lists for certain years close quickly. Some schools now run pre-Common Entrance tests when the child is 11 years old. Other schools are slightly more relaxed and flexible. It is hoped that a school will have been decided upon by the time the child is in Year 7 as this allows for greater preparation for each individual child. A pupil will take Common Entrance exams to one school in June of Year 8.
In the last two years the sixty-two children leaving school at the end of Year 8 have secured thirty-two awards to senior schools, with scholarships being awarded for academic, artistic, sporting, dramatic, musical, equine and all-round ability.
In the last 8 years all pupils have passed their Common Entrance examinations to the school of their first choice, moving on to the following independent schools: Blundell’s, Bruton School for Girls, Bryanston, Canford, Cheltenham Ladies College, Chilton Cantello, Clifton College, Dauntsey’s, Downe House, Downside, Eton College, Godolphin, King’s College Taunton, King’s School Bruton, Loretto, Marlborough College, Millfield, Milton Abbey, Pangbourne, Prior Park, Queen’s Taunton, Queenswood, Sherborne Boys, Sherborne Girls, St Antony’s Leweston, St Mary’s Ascot, St Paul’s School, St Swithun’s, Taunton School, Wells Cathedral School, Wellington and Winchester College. Some pupils also go on to Colyton Grammar School.