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Brighton College Prep School, Brighton, 9+, Year 5 Entry, Entrance Exam Information


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Brighton College, recently awarded the impressive title of ‘School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times, is an independent co-educational school that is located in East Sussex. Its Prep School caters for pupils aged 3-13, offering day places only (boarding places are available at the College from Year 9 onwards). Attending Brighton College Prep School effectively prepares pupils for their transition to the College.


The motto of Brighton College Prep School is Be Kind. Be Curious. Be Confident. Be the Best You. Having this motto at the heart of school life means that pupils develop a strong set of values, stretch themselves academically and become self-assured (without being arrogant).


Dedicated teachers share the passion they have for their areas of expertise with their students. This leads to pupils developing a lifelong love of learning. Subjects include traditional ones, such as English language, English literature, maths and history, as well as non-traditional ones, such as Mandarin, home economics and drama. Lessons are enhanced with trips, visits and workshops, all designed to be inspirational and to remind pupils that they have a role to play in society. Indeed, the recent ISI report commented on the excellent social development of pupils and how conscious they are of the world outside of the classroom.


The Prep School’s co-curricular programme is extensive, enabling students to nurture existing talents and discover skills they never knew they had. With over 100 clubs to choose from, there is something for everyone. From taekwondo, golf and movie-making to yoga, choir and pottery, there is no excuse for pupils to be bored at breaktime or after school! 


Pastoral care is taken very seriously by the school, meaning that children feel safe and secure. There is an emphasis on being kind and valuing each individual for who they are. Assemblies and Chapel services are used as an opportunity to underline the importance of tolerance and treating others with respect and compassion, resulting in a caring student body in which pupils thrive.


Brighton College Prep School, Brighton 9 Plus (9+) Admissions Process


9+ is not a standard entry point, so it is worth contacting the admissions team to see if they expect any places to be available.


If places are expected to be available, the first step of the admissions process is to visit the campus. This will enable you and your child to experience the atmosphere of Brighton College Prep School and learn more about its ethos, giving you the chance to decide whether it is the right place for your child. The school arranges individual visits throughout the year and also holds Open Mornings. 


If you decide Brighton College Prep School is a good fit for your child, you should complete a registration form online before the start of November of Year 4. Please note that registering requires paying a £180 non-refundable registration fee (£390 for international students). 


All registered pupils will be invited to the school in early January of Year 4 to meet the staff and pupils and to sit assessments. Candidates will also take part in a small group interview with a member of the senior management team and participate in a team-building activity so that their communication skills can be assessed. Later in the same month, offers of places will be made. If your child receives an offer, you will need to accept it with a payment of £2,000 (£10,000 for international students). This acceptance deposit is refunded when your child leaves Brighton College Senior School (or when they leave Brighton College Prep School if they do not pass the required entrance exams for a place at Brighton College Senior School). Additionally, there will be a £90 non-refundable administration fee. Once you have accepted a place, you will be sent an information pack, and the school will arrange for your child to meet their Year 5 teacher and classmates in the summer term of Year 4. 


The school encourages you to reach out to their admissions team if you have any questions at any point in the admissions process. Contact details are provided below. Please note that Brighton College opened a Prep School in Kensington, London in 2023. To register for a place there, you should visit their website. They follow a similar admissions process.


Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and bursaries are not available for 9+ entry.


Brighton College Prep School, Brighton 9 Plus (9+) Contact Details & Test Information


Address: Walpole Lodge, Walpole Road, Brighton, BN2 0EU

County: East Sussex

Admissions info: or 01273 704343

School type: Independent co-ed day school, with boarding from Year 9 at the College 

Open Mornings and individual visits: Throughout the year

Exam date: Early January of Year 4


As part of the 9+ entry admissions process at the Prep School, your child’s academic ability will be evaluated using assessments that measure skills in the following areas:


  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-Verbal reasoning


The Mathematics test has a mental arithmetic section and includes questions that cover topics outlined in the National Curriculum for the relevant age group. It uses multiple-choice questions and standard format (open-ended) questions. 


The English paper covers spelling, grammar and comprehension. It uses multiple-choice questions and standard format (open-ended) questions. There will not be a creative writing section.


The Verbal reasoning paper tests the ability to analyse and interpret written information. This paper consists of multiple-choice questions.


The Non-Verbal reasoning paper tests the ability to solve problems presented visually. This paper consists of multiple-choice questions.


How to Prepare for the Brighton College Prep School 9 Plus (9+) Entrance Assessments 


Our practice tests serve as an invaluable tool when preparing for the Brighton College Prep School 9+ exam, whether that be the Prep School in Brighton or Kensington. They will provide your child with the necessary skills to tackle various 9+ exam question types with confidence.


By using these tests, children receive focused practice and exposure to a wide range of question types, meaning they can identify any areas that may require additional work before the exam. We recommend starting revision early to allow sufficient time to address any elements that need further attention.


Many of our 9+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice papers are used successfully every year by hundreds of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Brighton College Prep School 9 Plus (9+) Exam Practice Papers


Note: Although most of the recommendations below are in standard format, not multiple-choice, they are all relevant sources of material for practice ahead of the Brighton Prep 9+ exam.


BCPS 9+ Maths


The following 9+ practice papers are ideal for Brighton College Prep School’s Maths exam preparation:


Full Practice Tests


9+ Maths Pack 1

9+ Maths Pack 2


Targeted Skill Development


9+ Mental Arithmetic

9+ Problem Solving


BCPS 9+ English  


We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for Brighton College Prep School’s 9+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about spelling, grammar and comprehension:


Full Practice Tests


9+ English Pack 1

9+ English Pack 2


Comprehension Skills


9+ Inference Skills

9+ Reading Workbook

9+ Vocabulary and Grammar


Writing Skills


9+ Spelling

9+ Punctuation


If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.


BCPS 9+ Verbal Reasoning


The following pack will help develop your child’s Verbal reasoning skills in time for the 9+ Brighton College Prep School exam:


9+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


BCPS 9+ Listening


Brighton College Prep School is keen to find students who can listen to instructions, process information and respond appropriately. This pack will help develop these key skills:


9+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Brighton College Prep School 9+ past papers. The information provided about Brighton College Prep School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of possible future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post. Exam Papers Plus is not endorsed by Brighton College Prep School.

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