8 plus (8+) Exam – Brighton College Prep School – What you need to know

Brighton College Prep School 8 plus (8+) exam for Year 4 entry


Entry Level Eight Plus (8+) exam

School Name Brighton College Prep

Description Co-ed School. Day and weekly boarding available from age 13.

Age range 3-10 (Prep School) 11-18 (College)

Size 300 approx at Prep School; 1,000 approx at College

Fees £5050 – £6,250 (Prep School) per term 

Address Brighton College Prep School, 2 Walpole Road, Brighton, BN2 0EU

Email (general enquiries) paprep@brightoncollege.net

Website brightoncollege.org.uk/prepschool.asp

Telephone (general enquiries) 0044 (0)1273 704210

Head Richard Cairns

Head of Prep School John Weeks

Prep Admissions Email: prepadmissions@brightoncollege.net Tel: 0044 (0) 1273 704200




This claim by the headmaster of Brighton College, Richard Cairns is admirable and ambitious:


‘Every child at Brighton College is valued for his or her own sake, encouraged to develop his or her talents to the full in a community where there are no stereotypes and where every achievement, however small, is noticed.’


It is a forward-thinking school, where academic achievement, independent thinking and curiosity is fostered and encouraged. In the College for example, a ‘trouser uniform’ and a ‘skirt uniform’ is available to all pupils regardless of sex, but they must stick to a consistent choice.


The school values strong partnerships with parents. Click here for the Prep School Parent Handbook, which we think you will find useful.


Admissions Process for Brighton College Prep School Eight Plus (8+), Year 4 entry


The main intake point into the Brighton College Prep School is at age 8 into Year 4, though places are usually available for Year 5 and Year 6 (10+).




For up to date application details and key dates for Brighton College at 8+, click here.


Open Days and Visits


Registered candidates will be invited to an open day, but you can always arrange an individual visit to the Prep School to meet the head. You can also combine this with a visit to the College too.


To book an open morning, please click here.


To book an individual visit to the Prep School, email: prepadmissions@brightoncollege.net


Entrance Exams


All registered candidates will be invited to sit examinations in English, maths and verbal reasoning. Pupils are offered places on the basis of their performance in the entry assessments, subject to satisfactory references from their current school.


Recommended Materials


8+ English practice papers, ideal for Brighton College Prep eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ English Pack 1

8+ English Pack 2

8+ English Pack 3

8+ English Pack 4

8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


The Complete Guide to 8+ Comprehension

The Complete Guide to 8+ Writing



8+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Brighton College Prep eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving



8+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Brighton College eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Reasoning Pack 1 (Verbal Reasoning sections)

8+ Reasoning Pack 2 (Verbal Reasoning sections)

8+ Reasoning Pack 3 (Verbal Reasoning sections)


8+ Listening practice tests, ideal for Brighton College eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Listening Pack 1



Scholarships and Bursaries


Bursaries may be available to pupils from low income families and modest deferment may be available to families suffering short term financial problems. They are available for pupils in Years 7 to 13 and are awarded for one academic year only. Parents must reapply each year. Please note that receipt of bursary support for one year does not guarantee support in subsequent years.


For further information, click here and go to Section G.


Other Entry Points: 7+, 9+, 10+ and 11+


Most pupils move on to the Senior School of Brighton College, as this is the wish of the majority of parents. However, the College uses the common entrance exams as the assessment for entry and therefore places are not guaranteed

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