Downside School

Specimen Entrance Papers

All students are recommended the ISEB pre-test for potential entry to Downside School

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

About Downside School

Downside School is a co-educational Catholic independent school boarding and day school for children aged 11 to 18. It is located in south-west England, in Stratton-on-the-Fosse, between Bath, Frome, Wells and Bruton, and is attached to Downside Abbey. Originally a school for English Catholic boys, it was established in 1617 by English and Welsh monks, living in exile at Douai, France. Downside School became fully co-educational in all year groups in 2005.

Downside is run by lay staff and three members of the Benedictine community based at Downside Abbey. 

The school is divided into six houses: five senior houses and one junior house, with both day pupils and boarders in the same houses. 

Members of the school compete in a range of sports, including rugby, football, netball, hockey, cricket, golf and tennis, and even the Downside Ball Game, a variation on Fives, played on a purpose-built outdoor court. Sports are played most afternoons, with every pupil expected to participate at least three times a week.

In 2003, Downside was the setting for the Channel 4 television show, A Second Chance, in which Ryan Bell, a teenager from London, was sent to Downside to see if a “difficult” student would do better when educated in the independent sector. After excelling at Latin, biology, and on the rugby field, Bell was eventually expelled after being caught drinking.

Address : Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Radstock BA3 4RJ, United Kingdom

Headmaster / Headmistress

Andrew Hobbs

Head Master

Applying To Downside School

To register and for information for Downside Schoolyear 7 Entry click here

https://www.downside.co.uk/downside-school/admissions/the-admissions-process/

For 2021 Entry into Downside School year 7 will use the ISEB Pre-test.

Registration Deadlines & Examination Dates

Registration for entry must be done at least one year prior to the start of school year. All students will be taking an examination in January and will be required to finish an online CAT assessment following with an interview both activities shall be taken on the same day.

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About the ISEB Common Pre-test

The tests take about two-and-a-half hours to complete (English 25 minutes, mathematics 50 minutes, non-verbal reasoning 32 minutes, verbal reasoning 36 minutes) and can be taken together or at separate times, either in the candidate’s own school or at the senior school for which he or she is entered

ISEB Pre-Test Format:  

The test is taken on a computer and consists of multiple-choice questions. It is broken down into four parts: 

  1. English – 25 minutes(reading comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation) 
  2. Mathematics – 50 minutes(in line with Year 5 of the UK National Curriculum) 
  3. Non-Verbal Reasoning – 32 minutes(shape analogies, classes like, horizontal codes) 
  4. Verbal Reasoning – 36 minutes(common words, antonyms, word combinations, letter transfer and number codes)

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