Years 8, 9 and 10

Entry to Year 8, 9 or 10 at Loughborough High School

Parents who are considering Loughborough High School for their child are encouraged to visit the school and to meet a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  We suggest that they attend the open day and that they also request a tour of the school on a working day.  We believe that this enables them to gain a sense of the character and atmosphere of the school as well as to see the facilities and to talk to staff and current pupils and sixth form students and that they will then be well placed to decide whether Loughborough High School is a school where they feel that their child would be happy and thrive.

The examination for entry to years 8, 9 and 10 in September 2019 will be held on 15 January 2019.  If you would like your child to sit the entrance examination please complete and return the registration form as soon as possible. It is helpful to receive applications by the end of November.


Please address all admissions enquiries to the Registrar, Miss Alison Anderson, on 01509 212348 or by email to [email protected].


Candidates are assessed by examination in Mathematics and English and by interview. They will also take a baseline assessment test designed to measure aptitude for, and attitude to, learning. We request a report from the candidate’s current school, although the candidate will not be penalised if this is not provided. We invite parents of pupils with additional needs or disabilities which may need to be considered for their entrance exam sitting to discuss these needs with the school as early as possible so that appropriate adjustments can be considered.  A recent expert report, for example, an educational psychologist’s report confirming dyslexia or a medical report confirming a disability would need to be submitted to the school for consideration by the November preceding the entrance exam.

English Examinations

For entry into years 8, 9 and 10 the examination format is identical. The papers themselves are different according to the age group. Candidates are given the opportunity to show their ability and potential and positive marking is practised throughout. There are two main components of the entrance examination in English, comprehension (reading) and composition (writing).  The exam lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, with the comprehension followed by the composition.


Candidates read a passage and answer questions on what they have read. The answers expected will range from brief to more lengthy responses.

Some indication of the length of the answer required is given by the number of marks allocated to it and the space available on the paper for the answer.


Candidates select one title from several on offer.

There will be a variety of tasks set, for example, a story, a description, an essay in which an opinion is invited.

Candidates should write in a lively, imaginative way, selecting words with care, and paying attention to punctuation and spelling. We are looking for quality rather than quantity, and therefore, excessively long answers to the composition should be avoided.


Mathematics Examinations

The Mathematics paper lasts for 1 hour. At Year 10 the majority of questions will require the use of a calculator. Candidates for Year 8 and Year 9 will not use a calculator.  Students at this school will have been working from ‘Essential Maths’ Books 7H, 8H or 9H (depending on their year group) by David Rayner and Michael White. The following list of topics for each entrance year gives a rough guide to the content of a typical entrance examination for that year. However, not all topics mentioned will necessarily be on a particular paper. Each examination assumes knowledge of the previous year’s topics.

For entry into Year 8

Arithmetic – 4 rules; fractions; decimals; percentages; ratio; indices; multiples;
prime numbers; sequences.
Algebra – substitution; adding and subtracting expressions; equations.
Geometry – angles and angle properties; regular polygons; triangle construction; scale drawing.
Mensuration – area; volume; speed.
Statistics & probability – bar charts; mean of a set of data; probability.
Proportion – change of units; problem solving; scales.
Graphs – grid references; reading of scales; using graphs.

 For entry into Year 9

Arithmetic – directed numbers; standard form; more on percentages, multiplication and division; fractions; factors.
Algebra – brackets; problem solving; sequences; more substitution and equations; formulae.
Geometry – parallel lines; line and rotational symmetry; polygon angles; bearings and maps; more scale drawing.
Mensuration – more area; graphs.
Statistics & probability – pie charts; more on probability.
Proportion – exchange rates; problem solving; science problems.
Graphs – drawing and using graphs; travel and information graphs.
Transformations – reflections; rotations; translations.

For entry into Year 10

Arithmetic – percentage profit and loss; tolerance; wages and salaries; taxation; interest and loans; discount and hire purchase.
Algebra – more brackets; algebraic fractions (and in the context of equations); simultaneous equations; more inequalities; formulae for circumference and area of a circle; Pythagoras’ theorem; cylinder formulae; rearrangement of formulae.
Geometry – angles in a circle; similar triangles; gradients; enlargements; loci; maps and bearings; three dimensional figures.
Mensuration – see algebra.

Statistics & probability – misuse of statistics; scatter graphs; averages; frequency distributions; Probability of single and combined events.
Proportion – comparative costs; inverse proportion; more science problems.
Graphs – graphs of y=ax; y=ax+b; y=2ax etc.
Trigonometry – basic principles; tangent, sine and cosine ratios; solving problems

Updated September 2018