George Heriot’s School | Senior 1 (S1) Entry

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George Heriot’s School is an independent day school based in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. Opened in 1659, it has educated a vast number of notable alumni, including esteemed mathematicians, professors, activists and architects. [1]


The S1 curriculum features a rich selection of subject options, ranging from Latin, DT and science to computing, history and MFL. The majority of students access further education at prestigious universities, thus the school places great emphasis on maintaining the relevance of the academic provision, alongside the superb quality of teaching. 


Beyond the classroom, pupils are encouraged to try out new things and make the most out of the varied extracurricular offering. Everything from CCF, Chinese Chess and Amnesty International to Astronomy Club, drama and Feminist Society is available, underpinning a vibrant school life that facilitates all-round growth in parallel with lasting friendships. [2]


One of Scotland’s leading independent schools, George Heriot’s educates the whole child in line with the staff’s high standards and parents’ growing expectations. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to benefit from its welcoming environment, which, as a rule, encourages moral and social awareness, actively preparing the cohort for the demands of modern-day citizenship. 


Senior 1 (S1) Entry Admissions Information | George Heriot’s School


Prospective families are advised by the school to come and see it in action prior to applying for a place. Open Morning is typically held in September, allowing visitors to meet key staff members and hear from the Head, as well as explore facilities. 


The entrance assessments are held in January of the calendar year of entry. Interviews with a senior staff member will also take place, alongside group activities. 


The registration deadline is at the beginning of December and the fee is £50. Please note that, on acceptance of a place, an acceptance fee of £250 is payable.


Senior 1 (S1) Entry Exam Information | George Heriot’s School


Address: Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EQ

Admissions info: [email protected] or 0131 221 6709

School type: Independent co-ed day school

Exam type / Board: Papers and Online test (similar to CEM Select)


As part of the assessment process for Senior 1 entry, your child will be asked to complete an online test resembling CEM Select.


The test contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


Senior 1 (S1) Entry Exam Format | George Heriot’s School


The online test is very likely to cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with a main focus on one specific question type.


The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


Senior 1 (S1) Practice Tests | George Heriot’s School


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Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.


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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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