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Occasional places / entry points


When you apply for an occasional place or an entry point such as 8+ or 13+, specific challenges are involved. Mentor tutors have the expertise and experience to help.

Perhaps you’ve just relocated and are looking for a school place outside the regular entry points. Or maybe you’ve been waiting for the chance to enrol a child alongside a sibling in a particular school. An 8+ or 13+ entry point, or an occasional place, may be an option. An occasional place arises when a school has to fill an unexpected vacancy on their roll.

When applying for an occasional place, 8+ entrance or 13+ entrance, schools will usually set a bespoke exam. There is often considerable competition for places and you won’t have existing exam papers as a guideline.

This is where the support of a Mentor tutor can be invaluable. We will provide tuition that’s tailored to the age, level and skills of your child and will create appropriate practice papers for them.

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We recommend starting with an Academic Assessment. This gives you insights into your child’s current and potential levels of attainment, helping you to make more informed decisions when applying for an occasional place or unusual entry point. From there, we will create a plan with you to build on your child’s strengths and address any gaps. We work closely with you to understand your child’s needs so we can find the best tutor to suit you.

8+ Entry

Some London prep schools offer a limited number of places at 8+, including:

Some schools allow children who didn’t receive an offer at 7+ to reapply for an 8+ place.

13+ Entry

The following London schools offer entry at 13+:

However, places are often limited and so the admissions process can be incredibly competitive.

Our 8+ and 13+ Tutors

All our tutors come with invaluable experience in entrance to London’s top independent schools, are reference checked and have up-to-date DBS certificates. Many are heads of department or qualified examiners with insight into what schools are looking for.

They understand the unique challenges that the admissions process can present at unusual entry points. Able to provide tailored support for your child, tutors can set tasks that have been used in 8+ and 13+ exams or interviews.

The engaging tuition sessions are designed to instil a sense of self-confidence in your child. We will equip them with the knowledge and level of focus they need to prepare them for their entrance exam and interview. Wherever possible we will match you with a tutor who has taught at the school that your child is applying to.

We have experts on hand ready to help your child achieve their potential at any entry point. Please get in touch to find out how we can help with these bespoke entry exams or browse some of our 5-star tutors.