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Brighton College

Brighton College was voted ‘Independent School of the Year’ by the Sunday Times in 2019, the second time it has won this accolade in a decade. With 99% A*- B at A-level and 90% A* - A at GCSE they are consistently one of the top performing schools in the country.


The admissions process for 11+ starts in Year 6. Registration is recommended at least one year prior to entry, and you should register by the beginning of December in Year 6 at the latest.

Families are encouraged to visit the College first to get a flavour of the school. Brighton College also offers a number of Taster Days in May, October and December. You can find the calendar of open mornings here:Brighton College Open Mornings

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] to request more information.

Assessment Day

All children who have registered for admission to the Lower School will be invited to an assessment day. This will normally take place in the January of Year 6.

Children will be assessed in Maths, English, Verbal and Non- Verbal Reasoning. After the exams, students will have two short interviews with a member of the teaching faculty.

Students will be assessed automatically for academic scholarships through the tests they take on the assessment day, however there are additional scholarships and bursaries available. You can find more details here: https://www.brightoncollege.org.uk/admissions/scholarships/

The Test

On the assessment day, the test will cover Maths, English, VR and NVR. The Maths, VR and NVR components will all be multiple-choice. The English test will include a multiple-choice comprehension component, as well as a written component including creative writing.

The best way to prepare for the test is to firstly ensure that your child has a firm grasp of the KS2 curriculum in Maths and English. The campaign area of Atom Nucleus will help to ensure you have spent the optimal amount of time in each subject and close any gaps in knowledge. For the Verbal and Non Verbal reasoning component, it is crucial to become familiar with the styles of reasoning that these questions require. Atom Nucleus allows you to do unlimited practice questions, and is packed with high quality videos and helpsheets to help develop your understanding. This is a powerful tool, proven to significantly improve performance in VR and NVR. Atom Nucleus also allows you to take unlimited practice tests - these will help you to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses so they can use their time as effectively as possible in revision.

To learn how to get the most from Atom Nucleus, you can book a free place on a Nucleus Webinar here:


Offers of places at the Lower School will be given out in the February of Year 6. Once the offer is accepted, the school will send out a welcome pack as well as an invitation for your child to come and meet their new class in the summer.

You can contact the school directly with any queries by completing a form on this page: Admissions

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