Bryanston School 13+, Year 9 Pretest Entry Information – CAT4

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Bryanston School is an independent boarding and day school based next to the village of Bryanston in Dorset. Catering to a mixed cohort of over 800 pupils, it provides a progressive education in line with the motto Et Nova et Vetera (Both the new and the old). [1]


Having opened its doors to girls in 1972, Bryanston School can claim to have some of the longest experience of co-educational boarding in the country. It is a member of the Eton Group, and as such, it provides a relevant, robust curriculum that successfully meets pupils’ scientific, technological, mathematical and linguistic interests and preferences.  


Co-curricular life is just as varied, allowing students to develop across non-academic areas, with particular emphasis on their social skills. Some of the programme’s most prominent features are beekeeping, archeology, horse riding, MUN, pool kayaking, rowing, tennis and skateboarding. These and many other opportunities on offer ensure that students adopt an array of hands-on skills. [2]


Pastoral care is at the heart of all on-site activities, addressing the welfare of the cohort through coordinated activities and effective policies. Bryanston even boasts its own Medical Centre where pupils can receive personalised care and attention, administered by a highly competent and dedicated healthcare team. [3]


The school employs an innovative approach to educating, also known as the Bryanston Method. This approach includes high standards of provision that meet even the most stringent expectations, promoting accountability, independence and individual responsibility as vital to character development.


Overall, Bryanston is a great school, producing competitive examination results that attract boarding pupils from all corners of the globe, including China, Hong Kong and Germany. Leavers frequently access prestigious universities, such as Cambridge, Durham and UCL, entering the wider world with the means to uphold the Bryanston legacy.


Bryanston School 13+ Admissions for Year 9 Entry


You and your child are kindly advised to make an initial visit to the school prior to registration, preferably two or three years before entry. The tours tend to be in small groups of up to 12 families, and are held on Friday or Saturday mornings. You also have the opportunity to book an individual tour of the school by completing this enquiry form


To register your child, you should complete this online form and pay the relevant non-refundable fee. Testing can take place while your child is in Year 6, Year 7 or Year 8, depending on their preference. The exam date is set in the Autumn Term. There will also be an interview (in the following January) with a senior staff member, during which pupils usually discuss their non-academic interests.  


Bryanston School offers both scholarships and bursaries at 13+ entry. A student can hold up to two scholarships at the same time, and the value of each scholarship can cover up to 10% of the tuition fees or be awarded as an honorary recognition.


Children from families with modest means can be considered for a means-tested bursary. These awards are only available to pupils who have met the school’s academic criteria, as assessed throughout the admission process. More details are available on this page


Bryanston School 13+, Year 9 Entry Exam Information


Address: Blandford Forum DT11 0PX

County: Dorset

Admissions email: [email protected]

Admissions telephone: + 44 (0)1258 484 633

School type: Independent co-ed day and boarding school

13+ Exam Board: CAT4 


As part of the assessment process for Year 9 (13+) entry, your child will be asked to complete the CAT4 assessment. 


Based on performance in this test, schools can judge pupils’ progress over the academic year and hence decide on their setting and streaming (according to ability). 


This assessment is an effective way for schools to understand pupils’ strengths and weaknesses and to personalise learning and adapt teaching.


Bryanston School 13+ CAT4 Exam Format


The CAT4 assessment will cover Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.


  • The Verbal Reasoning section examines problem-solving skills using words.


  • The Non-Verbal Reasoning section covers problem-solving using shapes and patterns, rather than words.


  • The Spatial Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to identify shapes and how they change. 


  • The Quantitative Reasoning section tests their ability to solve problems using numbers.


To learn more about the CAT4 assessment, its layout and purpose, please click here.


Bryanston School 13+ CAT4 Practice Tests & Courses


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The information in this post was 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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