Schools Directory: North and Scotland
Ampleforth: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 572 pupils aged 11 to 18.
11+ entry – although the school is broadly non-selective there is an assessment day comprising tests in English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
13+ entry is either through 13+ Common Entrance or via Ampleforth’s own assessment papers for students not studying towards Common Entrance. All Common Entrance candidates are expected to achieve at least an average mark of 50%. From 2021 students will complete a computerised pre-test.
16+ entry – the first step is to visit the school or attend a Skype interview if overseas. A minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 5 and two at grade 6 are required. If studying BTECs a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 are required.
There are scholarships available by examination offering 10% remission on fees.
Overseas students from China should contact the UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service.
Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools: This is comprised of two schools; Mary Erskine School for Girls aged 12 to 18 (763 girls) and Stewart’s Melville College for Boys aged 12 to 18 (787 boys). The schools offer day and boarding places.
Entrance exams are usually held in January of Year 6 for entry to Year 7 (S1). The entrance exams include exam papers in Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. Part of the process is the opportunity to take part in some aspects of school life. Entrance is via the school’s own assessment.
16+ entry is by interview and reference from the current school.
Scholarships are available and £1250 per year is added to a fund for future educational use.
Overseas pupils may be able to sit the exams in their own country.
Fettes College: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 769 pupils aged 7 to 18.
11+ entry is by an online test taken in Year 6 involving English, Maths and a cognitive ability test.
Children can either take 13+ Common Entrance Exams or the Fettes College 13+ Entrance Examinations. The Fettes entrance exams are in March and include an interview with a senior member of staff. Scholarship exams are on the same date and have to be sat at Fettes College.
16+ entry – a minimum of six GCSEs at grade 6 or higher including English and Maths are required. Three subject exams are held in November of Year 11.
There are academic scholarships valued at 10% fee remission.
Overseas pupils may be allowed to take their exams at their current school and attend a Skype interview.
Giggleswick: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 342 pupils aged 11 to 18.
For 11+ entry, students take Giggleswick’s own entrance exams in January of Year 6. This comprises English and Maths tests. An interview and reference are also required.
For 13+ entry, students either take 13+ Common Entrance Examinations in Year 8 or, if their school does not prepare for Common Entrance papers, then students will take the school’s own test papers in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. This is particularly relevant to those in the maintained sector or overseas. These children are also asked to provide a report from their current school.
16+ entrants are required to have an average grade of 6 or higher at GCSE and certain A-Levels require a grade 7 or above.
Overseas students may have a Skype interview, write an essay and must have a satisfactory level of English.
Glenalmond College: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 349 pupils aged 12 to 18.
12+ entry – the school’s own tests in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning are taken.
For 13+ entry, candidates at prep schools sit 13+ Common Entrance Exams set by the ISEB or else an Academic Scholarship examination set by the College.
Candidates at schools not preparing for 13+ Common Entrance, take Glenalmond’s own assessments in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.
16+ entrants must take tests in proposed A-Level subjects and attend an interview. A minimum of five GCSEs at grade B or higher are required.
Scholarships are available offering 10% fee remission.
Overseas pupils must take an English language test.
Gordonstoun: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 527 pupils aged 5 to 18. Boarding is from age 8.
Admissions is by reference from the current school and interview. Overseas pupils with English as a foreign language will also need an English assessment.
Academic scholarships are available at 13+ and 16+ and are based on tests in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. The fee remission is 10%.
Loretto: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 553 students aged 4 to 18 (boarding from age 11).
13+ entry is either via the Loretto Assessment Test or the 13+ Common Entrance examinations. All candidates are expected to achieve a minimum of 60% in all subjects. Students at schools not preparing for 13+ Common Entrance will set Loretto’s own exams in English, Mathematics and verbal reasoning.
16+ six GCSEs at grade C or higher are expected with A or B in A-Level subjects. An interview and optional tests are available. A reference from the current school is required at all entry points.
Scholarships are available at all entry points and are worth 10% fee remission.
Overseas pupils may sit the exams at their current school and attend a Skype interview.
Merchiston: This is a boys only day and boarding school for 432 pupils aged 7 to 18.
For entry under 12 years of age, assessments are held in January. These take the form of computerised tests in Mathematics and English, a writing exercise and there is also an informal interview. References are required from the current school.
13+ entry is in the last week of January. This consists of written papers in Mathematics and English, a Screening or Non-Verbal Reasoning test, and an interview. Merchiston Castle has its own assessments.
16+ entry is based on GCSE predictions, an interview and school report.
Overseas pupils need a satisfactory level of English and also take a Maths paper. These may be sent to the current school.
Scholarships are available but do not offer any automatic fee remission.
Queen Margaret’s: This is a girls only day and boarding school for 260 pupils aged 11 to 18.
Assessment Days for entry at 11+, 12+ and 13+ take place in the January prior to entry. Students sit English and Maths papers and a Dyslexia Screening test. There is also an interview.
16+ entrants attend an interview and it is expected that a grade C or higher will be awarded in GCSE English and Maths.
Scholarships are available determined by academic assessment and with a fee remission at the Head’s discretion.
Overseas students take an exam in English and Maths or the UKiset test. They must also attend an interview which can be by Skype. References will be requested from the current school. It is possible to enter for a 1 year GCSE course in Year 11 or to take A-Levels in the student’s own language. Those in China should contact the UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service.
Robert Gordon’s College: This is a co-educational day school for 1600 pupils aged 3 to 18.
11+ Entry to Year 7 (or S1) is by Entrance Examination held in January. The papers taken are in English, Maths paper and Non-verbal reasoning. All have a multiple-choice format.
12+ Entry to Year 8 (or S2) can include a Verbal Reasoning test and Mathematics test and also interviews with the English and Languages Heads of Department.
16+ entry is by an age appropriate assessment.
Sedbergh School: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 547 pupils aged 13-18. There is also a prep school.
13+ entry involves an interview and aptitude test. The ISEB Common Entrance can be taken or the school’s own papers in Maths, English/EAL.
16+ entry is based on GCSE predictions, a school reference and an essay.
Overseas – there is an international school in Rong Qiao, Fuzhou.
St George’s School for Girls: This is a girl’s day and boarding school for 779 pupils aged 2 to 18.
Girls are welcomed to a taster day to see if the school suits them. Following this, all girls sit assessment papers in Maths, Reasoning and Language papers for Year 8 (S2) entry. These are set by the school itself.
16+ entrants must attend an interview, provide a reference and tests may be required in English, Maths and Reasoning.
Academic awards are available and are £250 per year.
Overseas pupils can take the entrance tests at their own school and attend a Skype interview. They must take an English language and Maths assessment.
St Leonard’s School: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 537 pupils aged 4 to 18.
For 13+ entry, candidates take the St Leonards Entrance Examination, the 13+ Common Entrance Examination or the St Leonards Scholarship Examination in Maths and English.
16+ entrants take the school’s own test in English and Maths for entry to the International Baccalaureate programme.
Scholarships are available but offer no fee remission.
Overseas pupils may be able to take the exams at their own school and attend a Skype interview. For sixth form IELTS level 6 is required.
Strathallan: This is a co-educational day and boarding school for 507 pupils aged 9 to 18.
At 11+, children need to show a school report and take Strathallan assessment papers in Maths and English.
At 13+, children sit 13+ Common Entrance Exam papers in June of Year 8 or, alternatively, they sit the Open Scholarship exam in late February / early March. If not at a prep school they may take the school’s own assessments. They also need to show a school report.
16+ entry is based on a school report and assessments or the scholarship exam.
Overseas pupils take an online Maths and English assessment along with a Skype interview. The school is partnered with Bishopstrow College, the UKs only co-educational international boarding school preparing children for entry to UK schools. Pupils aged 7 to 17 can study intensive English language courses here for 1 to 3 terms.
Withington Girl’s School: This is a girls only day school for 718 pupils aged 7 to 18.
For 11+ entry, girls sit two 11+ entrance exams in English and two 11+ entrance exams in Maths. There is also a short 11+ Verbal Reasoning test.
16+ entry is based on GCSE results. A minimum of six GCSEs with grade 7 or higher and grades 8 or 9 in A-Level subjects are required.