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St Columba's College Prep School

Lower Prep (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)

Admission to our Lower Prep School is by an informal assessment where your son will spend approximately an hour with us and will be put at ease and made feel very welcome by our staff.

Most children are tested and selected in October and January, for the following September but an assessment can take place at other times by arrangement with the Admissions Registrar.

Lower Prep Assessments for September 2020 entry:

Friday 18th October  2019

There is space available for our Lower Prep School assessments (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) on Friday 18th October, for September 2020 entry.

Saturday 11th January 2020

Please complete and return the registration and entrance assessment application forms below.

For more information please contact admissions@stcolumbascollege.org or call 01727 892040

Upper Prep (Years 3,4,5 and 6)

Admission to the Upper Prep School is by an age appropriate assessment, and a reference and the latest report will also be sought from the child’s school. Most children are tested and selected in January, to start the following September, but an assessment can take place at other times by arrangement with the Admissions Registrar.

Upper Prep Assessment for September 2020 entry

Saturday 11th January 2020

Please complete and return the registration and entrance assessment application forms below.

For more information please contact admissions@stcolumbascollege.org or call 01727 892040

St Columba's College Registration form

St Columba's College Prep School Entrance Assessment application form

St Columba’s College Senior School

Key Admission Dates for 2020 Entry

  • 11+ exam: Saturday 11th January 2020 or:

  • 11+ exam: Saturday 18th January 2020 (choose your preferred date)

  • 11+ interview (for all candidates) Wednesday 22nd January 2020 (early evening).

  • 13+ exam and interview: Friday 31st January 2020

Early registration is advised.  Sample papers are sent to registered families.

For 11+ entry: September 2020

Exams will be held on your choice of either Saturday 11th or Saturday 18th January 2020.  Subjects to be tested are Mathematics, English and Reasoning.  We will also take into account the school report and the school's reference.  All applicants will be given an informal interview.

St Columba's College Registration form

St Columba's College Senior School 11+ Entrance Assessment Application form

For 13+ entry: September 2020

The exam day will be Friday 31st January 2020.  Subjects to be tested are Mathematics, English and Reasoning.  We will also take into account the school report and the school’s reference.  All applicants will be given an informal interview.  No specific preparation is required for this.  All applicants will spend the day at the College and will be provided with lunch.

St Columba's College Registration form

St Columba's College Senior School 13+ Entrance Assessment Application form

Scholarships and Bursaries

Academic Scholarships and Music Scholarships are awarded to external applicants on the basis of performance in the entrance assessment process at 11+ and 13+.  No application is required for academic awards; Music Scholarships are awarded based upon audition and references.  A major scholarship remits 15% of the tuition fee; a minor scholarship remits 10% of the tuition fee.

Bursary applications

For September 2020, there will be one bursary available to a practising Roman Catholic applicant at 11+ entry to St Columba's College.  The application process is likely to be highly competitive and will be based upon academic and interview performance.  Please click here for more information about eligibility criteria for the Coindre bursary.