13+ Entry

It is likely that there will be about twenty five places available in the school for day boys and boarders. Sample papers for the Foundation Scholarship and the 13+ examination are available from the Admissions Registrar.


Foundation Scholarship Examination

The Foundation Scholarship Examination is held over three days and overnight accommodation is provided at Monmouth School for Boys. Six compulsory papers are taken, each of 1½ hours duration: English, French, History and Geography, Mathematics I, Mathematics II and Science. Candidates, who so wish, may offer in addition Religious Education, Latin, Greek, Spanish and Music, provided this is requested well in advance of the examination. Candidates may bring with them a selection of Art work, and are encouraged to bring other current project or course work of interest in subjects such as History and Geography and Scientific investigations.

Common Entrance Examination

(For boys attending IAPS schools) The syllabus is published by the ISEB (Independent Schools Examination Board).

13+ Examination

(For boys attending other schools) This is of a standard equivalent to that of Common Entrance, and consists of a Mathematics, an English and a French paper. Candidates will also be invited to an interview with the Director of Studies and in some cases with an appropriate Head of Department to establish their level of ability in other subjects.

Entrance assessment dates

For 2020 entry
13+ Music Scholarship auditions January 2020, by arrangement
13+ Sports Scholarship trials Friday 17th January 2020
13+/12+/14+ Examinations Monday 20th January 2020 or by arrangement
13+ Scholarship examinations Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd January 2020
13+ Art Scholarships January 2020

For all candidates, we like to request a report from their current school and also invite them along for a brief interview. However, if the above dates are not convenient, we can sometimes arrange alternative dates and entry papers can be sent abroad for those living overseas. Past papers and guidelines for the entry assessments may be requested from the Admissions Registrar or can be downloaded from this website.

Entrance assessment dates in full

Learning Support

The Study Support department aims to enable all pupils to reach their full potential.

We are a dedicated department where pupils throughout the school can receive the support they require, gain confidence in their abilities and develop strategies to enable them to become independent learners.

We encourage all school staff  to become involved in this process and to recognise their responsibility for the education of our pupils with specific difficulties.

All staff keep up-to-date with  pupils’ needs through the Study Support Register.

Boys are assessed on entry but can be referred at any time throughout their school career, either by staff or their parents. Support is either full-time or short term (short term is usually three to four sessions).

Pupils are usually taught individually and during a slot suitable to their own timetable. In the junior section of the school we have an emphasis on spelling and comprehension skills as well as personal organisation and handwriting.

Pupils taking GCSEs are offered more tailored approaches to their study skills and are encouraged to develop their writing and subject-specific skills.

Where appropriate, we make access arrangements for public exams. The department will screen and assess pupils to determine whether they are eligible for concessions. Our purpose is to establish a level playing field for all pupils without giving an unfair advantage. All access arrangements are carried out and inspected by the strict JCQ guidelines.

Who do we support?

Any pupil who requires extra support to access the curriculum, typically:

  • Pupils with dyslexia or literacy difficulties
  • Pupils with organisational difficulties
  • Pupils with mild Asperger syndrome or mild autistic spectrum disorders
  • Pupils with numeracy difficulties
  • EAL pupils
  • Sixth Formers who need organisational skills and/or study skills