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St Edward’s School, Oxford


School Name: St. Edward’s School, Oxford
Description: Co-Educational Day and Boarding School
Acceptance Ages: 11+


St Edward’s School, Oxford founded in 1863, is a coeducational day and boarding school. Around 700 pupils are divided across 13 houses, with each house made up of around 60 pupils from all year groups.

A large-scale building project is underway, with the view of delivering a purpose-built library, a spacious university-style Academic Centre, and a new Hall. St Edward’s offers a wide range of subjects, appealing to students’ varying interests during their time at the school.

How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to St Edward’s School, Oxford

St Edward’s School Oxford hosts small open morning events on most Saturdays during term time. For 13+ entry, an open day is organised in May for applicants who are interested in applying for a Year 9 place. It is recommended that aspiring students visit in Year 5 before the start of the application process. Parents can book a place at an open event via the school’s website.

Applicants for a Year 9 place at St Edward’s must complete the registration form on the school’s website. A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required, form requests parental information and details of any special arrangements for the applicant. The school’s website has a very useful breakdown of key dates and the overall application process.

For further information about St Edward’s School Year 9 application process, call the Admissions Office on 01865 319203 or email

St Edward’s School, Oxford 13 Plus Pretest Assessment

St Edward’s School, Oxford has a policy that applicants at preparatory schools apply for a Year 9 place via the ISEB Common Pretest exam. Otherwise, applicants must take St Edward’s own 13 Plus entrance exams in January of the year of entry.

The ISEB Common Pretest examination will be in October or November of Year 7. This pretest is an age-standardised online test that is primarily designed to measure a student’s academic ability which includes four core subjects: Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English.

After completing the pretest, applicants will be invited to visit St Edward’s for an interview and a report will be requested from their current school. Places are then offered to registered applicants subject to entrance exams with £800 acceptance deposit is payable to confirm a place – £500 is refunded on final account. The deposit is refundable for applicants who do not meet the required standard in the exams or is removed on medical grounds.

St Edward’s School, Oxford Admissions Criteria

Year 9 admission is determined by the pretest exam and interview in Year 7. Applicants who do not attend a preparatory school are also required to attend an interview and sit St Edward’s own 13+ entrance exams in Year 8.

Parents are strongly advised to refer to the school’s admissions policy ahead of applying for a Year 9 place at St Edward’s School.

Applicants are accepted into the school via one of three entry procedures:

– The Common Entrance examination. The school requires applicants to attain a minimum standard of 55% in English, Mathematics and Science with an overall average of 55% in other subjects.

– The 13+ Entry Examination. Applicants applying from schools that do not prepare for Common Entrance must visit the school in January, prior to entry in September, and sit the school’s 13+ entry examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. In addition, students will take a Non-Verbal Reasoning Test and have two interviews.

– The Academic Scholarship. Applicants will sit the school’s own scholarship papers in all subjects at the end of February or beginning of March.

To discuss the options further, simply call the Admissions Office on 01865 319203 or email

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