8 plus (8+) Exam – Dulwich Prep London – What you need to know
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Entry Level 8 Plus (8+) exam
School Name Dulwich Prep London
Description Boys (some girls in the nursery); day and weekly boarding (only a small proportion board)
Age range 3-13 years
Size 846 approx.
Fees Day fees per term from £3,610 to £5,615; Boarding fees per term from £6,884 to £7,025
Address 42 Alleyn Park, London, SE21 7AA
Telephone (general enquiries) +44 (0)20 8766 5500
Email (general enquiries) email@example.com
Email (admissions) firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone +44 (0)20 8766 5525
DPL is an independent school for boys aged between 3-13 years, with girls in the Nursery. It is the largest boys’ prep school in the UK. It is predominantly a day school but offers some weekly boarding from Year 5.
5 to 10 boys are admitted at eight plus (8+). Click here to learn more about 7+ admissions to Dulwich Prep London.
Facilities are impressive. A high-tech drama studio, a learning support department inspirationally named ‘Sky Lab’ and a Centre for Science and Technology, opened in 2014, boasts it own observatory.
Many boys move on to Dulwich College, but others go to schools like Westminster, St Paul’s, Eton, Harrow, Tonbridge and Radley, to name but a few. A full list is included at the end of this post. The wide range shows that DPL is committed to advising on the right senior school for the individual boy.
Admissions Process for Dulwich Prep London at Eight Plus (8+)
At 8+, they welcome 5-10 boys into the Lower School in Year 4. In contrast, 20 places are offered at 7+, but if your child is not academically ready at 7+, then 8+ is an option you can consider.
Dulwich Prep London likes to receive registrations in the November of the year prior to entry. ‘Chance vacancies’ sometimes occur. Contact the registrar if you have missed the main assessment period/deadlines to check on availability. Once a registration form has been received, the registrar’s office will be in regular contact.
Use the enquiry form to request a registration form.
Dulwich Prep London holds an open day in September but you can easily arrange an individual tour.
Assessments and Activity Days
DPL assess boys in the January of the year of entry. Exams in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning are combined with activities on the same day, which include games and fun singing. The assessment takes place over a half-day period. Each boy also gets the chance to meet the Head of the Lower School for an informal one to one chat. Other staff will meet the boys in different situations during the session.
Parents are encouraged to have a coffee and chat with the Headmaster when they drop their sons off for their assessment.
In addition to the exams and activity assessment, parents should provide their son’s two most recent school reports and a reference from their current school.
Candidates sit exams in mathematics, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The normal minimum standard for admission is above the average standard level of attainment for the age group, based on the National Curriculum. Past papers are not available.
8+ English practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
8+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
8+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
8+ Listening practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
Scholarships and Bursaries
Dulwich Prep London offers a small number of means-tested bursaries at 8+ for academically gifted boys, who show aptitude and promise. Applications should be made by the end of November in the year prior to entry. Applicants will be invited for assessment and interview. Parents will be asked to fill in a confidential statement of financial circumstances, which will include income and capital resources. A home visit will be made prior to an award being given to discuss the relevant details.
All bursaries will be subject to annual review and could change should a family’s situation improve or deteriorate.
Some awards are also available for 7+ entry.
Recently, DPL boys gained scholarships in the following destination schools:
|Alleyn’s School||5||King’s College School, Wimbledon||2|
|Bradfield College||1||Marlborough College||1|
|Bryanston School||1||Radley College||2|
|City of London School||3||Royal Russell School||3|
|Dulwich College||31||St Paul’s School||1|
|Eastbourne College||1||Tonbridge School||8|
|Eltham College||1||Trinity School||1|
|Emanuel School||1||Wellington College||1|
|Epsom College||1||Westminster School||8|
|Eton College||2||Whitgift School||3|
|Harrow School||1||Winchester College||3|
Other Entry Points: 4+, 5+, 7+, 9+, 10+ and 11+