At  every entry point in the College – 11+, 13+ and 16+ – we award two John Propert Academic Scholarships and two Exhibitions for pupils who excel academically. Scholarships are worth £6,000 each year, while Exhibitions are worth £3,000 a year.


Expectations of an Academic Scholarship-holder

Over the years, Academic Award Holders have contributed much to the life of the College, and many have gone on to make significant contributions to society. The School expects Academic Award Holders to:

  • display an outstanding attitude to learning
  • attain a high average for ‘effort’ in class and prep
  • display leadership and appropriate risk-taking in their chosen area
  • make a positive contribution to the co-curricular life of the College
  • be prepared to ‘fail well’ in the pursuit of excellence and self-improvement.

Award-holders are required to review their performance twice a year and explain, in writing, how they remain a worthy recipient of their award.


Qualifying for an Academic Scholarship at 11+

All candidates will be considered for an academic award based on the strength of their entrance examinations, interview and supporting school reference at the time they apply to join Epsom in Year 6.

We strongly feel that no child at this young age should be placed under the strain of additional exams or assessments. We are confident that our entrance and admissions process is able to identify pupils of merit.


Qualifying for an Academic Scholarship at 13+

Pupils applying for an award at 13+ (Year 9) must show a very high level of academic performance and potential. This must be evidenced through their entrance papers and supported by school reports and a reference.

Papers are taken in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • A modern language (French, Spanish, German or Mandarin)

We use our own assessment papers, set by the relevant Head of Department, and the exams are held here at the College. In addition, pupils will have an academic interview. Click below to view sample papers.

English Sample Paper

Maths Sample Paper

Maths Sample Mark Scheme

Science Sample Paper

modern languages guidance

French sample paper

German sample paper

Spanish sample paper

Assessment date for 2022 entry

  • Tuesday 22 February 2022


Qualifying for an Academic Scholarship at 16+

The attributes of a typical academic scholar applying for an award at 16+ (Lower Sixth) include:

  • excellent predicted grades at GCSE or IGCSE
  • exceptional school reports and references, with evidence of outstanding effort
  • proof of sustained intellectual curiosity beyond the curriculum

Pupils will be required to submit a 2,000-character Personal Statement explaining why they feel they should be considered for an award.

On the day of the entrance assessments, candidates for academic awards will sit two additional 60-minute papers in subjects chosen from a list provided by the College. Subjects such as Art and Design Technology may include a practical element, and candidates will need to bring their portfolio with them.

In addition to a general interview, candidates will have an academic interview.

Assessment dates for 2022 entry

  • November 2021 – date(s) TBC