Destination Schools

At Handcross Park, our Year 8 pupils transition to a variety of top independent senior schools both in the county and beyond.  

The teaching staff at Handcross Park have extensive knowledge of a great number of senior schools and a deep understanding of each pupil’s strengths and talents. This enables our team to support parents with the decision of choosing the right senior school that will enable their child to thrive and flourish. The process starts in Year 4 when parents are given a written guide to senior school entrance (Year 9), which details visits, registration and assessment procedures for our destination schools. The Headmaster and Director of Studies then meet with every parent or guardian in Year 5 to discuss future schools.

The single most important criterion is: Which school will be right for your child?

This process focuses on three areas:

  • The ability and potential of the child
  • Parental priorities
  • The advice and experience from Handcross Park

The majority of senior schools are now using ISEB pre-test assessment in Year 6 for their selection process for places in Year 9. Handcross Park prepares our pupils for this pre-test in Years 5 and 6.

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 work towards Common Entrance or Academic Scholarship exams. We have a 100% success rate for Common Entrance passes, enabling pupils to gain a place at their choice of senior school.

More than half of the school's Year 8 pupils gain scholarships to Brighton College and other top senior schools

The Week Schools Guide


We prepare our Year 8 pupils for a variety of Scholarships which include:

  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Art
  • Chess
  • Drama
  • Leadership
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Sport

In 2018, over 50% of our Year 8 pupils gained scholarships or awards to their senior schools.

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Destination schools

In recent years, Handcross Park pupils have moved on to the following senior schools:

Ardingly College Bede’s
Brighton College Bryanston School
Caterham School Charterhouse
Christ’s Hospital Cranleigh School
Dulwich College  Eastbourne
Epsom College Eton College
Harrow School Headington School
Hurst College Lancing College
Lord Wandsworth Marlborough College
Oakham Oundle School
Reigate Grammar School Repton
Roedean School Rugby School
Seaford College Shrewsbury School
St Edward’s Oxford Wellington College
Whitgift School Winchester College
Woldingham Worth School

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