“Common Entrance can be viewed as a mini set of GCSEs; a thorough exam for each subject that covers what pupils have learnt over the previous 2-3 years. ”
Internal and External Examinations
School exams take place at various times during the school year:
- Year 7 have two sets of examinations, in both the Lent and Summer term
- Year 8 have Trial Scholarship and Trial 13+ Common Entrance examinations in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. These precede their external examinations.
All leavers sit external exams. Boys and girls sit the 13+ Common Entrance Examination to the senior school of their choice in June. This exam takes place at King's Hall with the papers being sent off to, and marked by, their senior school. Some children in Year 8 (8S) sit Scholarship Examinations for King's College and other schools. These examinations take place from January through to May - depending on the senior school chosen. Children whose parents wish them to sit 11+ examinations will be given extra tuition as arranged between the Deputy Head (Academic) and their parents.
In addition to the academic scholarships that many pupils sit, King’s Hall undertakes Common Entrance. Common Entrance can be viewed as a mini set of GCSEs; a thorough exam for each subject that covers what pupils have learnt over the previous 2-3 years. The exams are marked independently and act as a passport to your chosen senior school, allowing you to keep your options open.
While most pupils choose to continue their education at King’s College, Taunton, there are a number of other schools which pupils move on to. Recent destinations include Bryanston, Harrow, Radley and Sherborne. The headmaster would be delighted to advise you on senior schools.
At King’s Hall we believe that there are a number of benefits to Common Entrance:
- It motivates both staff and pupils
- The results are used for setting ensuring the best start to pupils’ senior school life
- The process helps pupils to understand how to manage a revision timetable and find the most effective revision techniques for them
- Future exams, particularly GCSEs, feel more manageable and less daunting
- The exams consolidate learning and provide a springboard for the next stage of education
- Our experience shows that pupils undertaking Common Entrance do better at GCSE
- It improves confidence and self-belief