The application form consists of two parts: Part 1 requires parents to provide the key details we need to process the application; Part 2 requires candidates to complete a "personal statement", telling us why they want to come to Alleyn's.
Regardless of their A level choices, all candidates sit general papers that test their skills in Qualitative Reasoning (comprehension and data interpretation), Quantitative Reasoning and Critical Writing. Although it is expected that successful candidates will fare well in all aspects of the written assessment, we understand that these papers will not be equally relevant to all A level options and therefore we will primarily consider a candidate’s scores in the 2 papers that are most relevant, depending on the A level options they have chosen to study.
The assessment acts as a screening process to suggest those who might have the potential to cope with the academic education Alleyn's has to offer. It is intended that our entrance assessments will enable candidates from all educational backgrounds to demonstrate their innate skills. The papers will not be syllabus-dependent and should be accessible to all.
Please note that we do not publish sample papers for the 16+ admissions assessments.
The paper consists of multiple choice questions, which range in difficulty, to test a candidate’s mathematical skills. No calculators are allowed. This should be accessible to anyone who is studying a GCSE Mathematics course and is not syllabus-dependent. To prepare, you could look over some of the questions you have done at school on trigonometry, algebra and numerical problems.
The paper consists of i) some short texts with accompanying multiple choice questions which test a candidate’s skills in analysing written information and ii) data such as graphs or tables with accompanying multiple choice questions.
Candidates write a short 1 page essay on a general question. Details are given on how to structure the answer. No specific prior knowledge is required. Some example questions are given below:
- Humans should never be cloned
- There should be a maximum limit for salaries
Candidates reaching a satisfactory standard in the assessments will be invited for interviews which will consist of:
- A general interview with members of the Upper School team to discuss subject choices and why candidates want to come to Alleyn’s.
- Two academic interviews in two of your A level subject choices. The interviewer will explore why candidates want to study the subject and assess their potential to do well in the subject by asking them to analyse a piece of information or answer some questions.