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13+ Academic Scholarship

13+ Academic Scholarship

The deadline for Application for the 2021 Academic Scholarship has now passed.  Late applications may be considered by emailing the Director of Admissions and Communications in the Admissions office.

2021 Entry deadline 7 January 2021.

Assessment Dates

  • Stage One: To be sat at current school 26 January 2021
  • Stage Two: To be sat at Radley for all shortlisted candidates 24 and 25 February 2021

The Two Stage Process

Please note that the arrangements for the Academic Scholarship are currently being finalised given the new national lockdown.  Full details will be sent by mid-January.  The normal procedure is as follows:

All candidates who enter the academic scholarship are now invited to sit both stages but only shortlisted candidates will be invited to Radley to sit the Stage Two papers and they will also have two interviews - one with the Warden or a member of Senior Management and one with English dons.  Boys who are not shortlisted will still sit all the scholarship papers but will do so at their current school or invigilator centre (timetable below).  If they do exceptionally well, then it is possible that we would then invite one or two extra candidates to Radley for interviews.

As with previous years, any candidate who has done well enough in both Stages One and Two of our scholarship will be exempt from Common Entrance.

Details of the process are as follows:

Stage One

Stage One is to be sat at current schools or invigilator centres.

  • English:  2 hours.   Bespoke papers are written each year, but the same key skills of comprehension and composition will be the focus, as in previous scholarship papers.
  • Maths:  1 hour. This will be the same format as Paper 1 of previous scholarship papers, examples of which are on the website. 

Stage Two

Stage Two is to be sat either at Radley, for shortlisted candidates, or at current schools.  If a boy is not shortlisted and he does not follow the CE curriculum, he will not need to sit this stage, but he may be asked to sit CE Science and Maths for setting purposes.

The timetable for shortlisted candidates is likely to follow this year's format as follows:

Wednesday 26 February 2020
10.15 - 11.45amScience (90 mins)
1-2pmMaths, Paper 2 (60 mins)
2 - 3.15pmFrench & Dictee (75 mins total)
3.30 onwardsGreek (45 mins) German/Spanish (30 mins +15 mins dictado) or Interview
Thursday 27 February 2020
8.30 - 10.30amCommon Paper: History (45 mins), Geography (45 mins), Religious & Ethical Studies paper (30 mins)  - (2 hrs total)
10.40 am Latin (75 mins) 
10.40 amLanguage Aptitude Test (30 mins)
12 noonInterviews (SMT and English dons) 
Outline of the Papers

Awards are made each year at 13+ for Academic excellence as well as outstanding ability in Art, Drama, Music and Sports.

Scholarships are worth up to 10% of the fees, and Exhibitions up to 5%.  All awards, with the exception of a Music Exhibition, can be means tested up to 100% of the fees.