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Common Entrance

Common Entrance

All boys who have an unconditional offer, who are at UK Prep School, are required to sit Maths, English and Science at Common Entrance in the summer of Year 8, or they may sit our Academic Scholarship. Any candidate who is schooled overseas is required to sit Maths and English and Common Entrance. 

If you have any concerns as to how to enter, the ISEB website has full details or, if you have any particular queries, please feel free to contact the Registrar to discuss your circumstances.  The results of these exams will be used for setting purposes only, although Radley does hold the right to fail a boy in exceptional circumstances.  

If your son is at a school that prepares him for the full Common Entrance, we are very happy to receive and mark all his papers which will be used for setting purposes.

If your son is not prepared for CE, but he is strong in a modern language, it would be helpful for him to enter CE in that language in order that we can set him accordingly.

Unregistered candidates who have received a scholarship for sport, music, art or drama will also have to sit Maths and English papers and are required to gain 60% in both subjects.

Sophie  Langdale
Sophie Langdale
Director of Admissions and Communications
Born and bred in a boarding school, three generations of my family were educated at Radley – my father, brother and son – so I am very proud to be part of this wonderful, dynamic and caring community. I joined Radley in September 2020 from Wycombe Abbey, a girls’ boarding school, where I was Director of Admissions. Prior to that I was Director of Admissions and External Relations at Magdalen College School, Oxford for nearly a decade. Having read Classics and played a lot of lacrosse at Durham University, my early career spanned fifteen years in finance and broadcast journalism at Sky News. I live in Oxford with my two children. I very much look forward to welcoming you to Radley, getting to know you and your son and guiding you through the admissions process.