Boys applying for entry to Year 7 attend one of our Assessment Days and also sit an Entrance Exam.
On the Assessment Day, boys are taught a Maths lesson, a topic-based lesson, and participate in a series of group activities. They also complete a piece of creative writing. It is important to note that the content and topics to be taught on Assessment Days will not reflect material a boy will have studied before. There is therefore no preparation required, or indeed possible, for the day itself. This places all boys on an equal footing.
In January, boys are then asked to attend Entrance Examination Day, on which they will sit two English papers and two Arithmetic papers. In the afternoon, they take part in one of a choice of activities (e.g. sporting, science-based, musical, outward bounds) that reflect the opportunities available to MGS pupils. Lunch is provided in between the exams and the afternoon’s activities. This year’s Entrance Exam is scheduled for Wednesday 20 January 2021.
We believe strongly in the value of regarding boys as individuals instead of simply a set of statistics. As a result, the Assessment Day is an essential part of the admissions criteria. We also request a reference from each boy’s current school.