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St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Basic information: St Mary’s College is an independent co-ed day school in Crosby, Merseyside. Nurturing a Roman Catholic ethos, it consistently performs well above the national average. [1]


Curriculum: Its Prep Division offers a broad education, supported by a stimulating curriculum that includes mathematics, science, MFL, design, ICT and music, among others. Staff aspire to ensure that children develop positive attitudes towards learning, maintaining exceptionally high standards of provision in the process.


Co-curricular: The enrichment programme is tailored to suit individual interests, extending the cohort’s skills and competencies to their maximum capacity. The provision targets the intellectual, social and creative aspects of pupils’ development, featuring gardening, cookery, sports, drama and many other engaging pursuits for this purpose. [2]


School Ambassador Award: To inspire achievement and positive behaviour, St Mary’s Prep rewards exemplary conduct and consistent successes across four predefined areas of learning. As pupils endeavour to obtain this prestigious recognition, they acquire a firm understanding of their civic responsibilities and adopt outstanding merit in everything they do. [3]


St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Exam Information


Address: The Mount, Blundellsands Rd West Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TF

County: Merseyside

Admissions info: or 0151 924 6302

School type: Independent co-ed day school

Open events: In the Spring and Autumn terms


Open Events for St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Entry


Attending St. Mary’s Open Days will provide you and your child with an insight into everything on offer. Tours of facilities and one-on-ones with key staff members are central to the event’s programme, which typically commences with an address by the Head. 


St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Admissions


Entry is subject to assessments, school reports and interviews. If your child performs well throughout the admissions process, they may receive an offer of a place. 


Please note that both registration for entry and acceptance of a place include a payment of fees. 


St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and bursaries are not available to 8+ applicants. 


St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Exam Format


The St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English 
  • Mathematics


The English assessment examines comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as the fluency of your child’s reading and oral skills.    


The Maths exam assesses problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including your child’s knowledge of times tables.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Assessment 


To successfully prepare your child for the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8+ exam, we recommend that you utilise resources that provide an insight into the types of questions that they could be asked in the actual exam. Our practice papers offer exactly that and much more.


Aside from reflecting the demands of the 8+ exam, our practice tests will help you identify any weaker areas that require additional work, and thus enable you to adjust your child’s study schedule accordingly. 


Students who approach preparation in such a methodical way generally have a competitive advantage over their peers who prefer a less structured approach. 


The majority of our 8+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests 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.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus (8+) Exam Practice Papers


Recommendations for each section of the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus exam can be found below:




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus English assessment. They will help improve your child’s comprehension and writing skills:


Full Practice Tests


8+ English Pack 1

8+ English Pack 2

8+ English Pack 3

8+ English Pack 4

8+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


8+ Reading Workbook

8+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

8+ English: Inference Skills

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


The Complete Guide to 8+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Rewrite & Improve

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Dictation


The Complete Guide to 8+ Writing


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.




We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus maths test:


Full Practice Tests


8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

8+ Mathematics Pack 4

8+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8 Plus entrance exam, helping your child learn how to follow instructions carefully:


8+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, 8+ past papers. The information provided about St. Mary’s Prep, Crosby, was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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