Oakham School Form 3/Year 9 (13+) Standard Entry, CAT4

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Founded in 1584 by Archdeacon Robert Johnson, Oakham School is one of the largest co-educational boarding and day schools in England. The school’s motto is Quasi cursores vitai lampada tradunt (Like runners, they pass on the torch of life), which is apt because the Oakham of today feels deep gratitude to those who have gone before and a sense of responsibility to those who will come after.


Oakham’s academic curriculum is designed to be engaging and challenging, encouraging pupils to be inquisitive, resilient learners. Superb teaching, small class sizes and excellent facilities, amongst other things, mean that pupils do exceptionally well academically. An impressive 49% of recent GCSE grades were in the 9-7 range.


Pupils joining in Form 3 (Year 9) will follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, studying a range of subjects, including languages, humanities and separate sciences. Students will also complete projects that enable them to make connections between subjects, which is an effective way for pupils to develop transferable problem-solving skills. 


The co-curricular programme at Oakham School is an important part of school life, enabling pupils to become confident, well-rounded young people as they strengthen their existing skills and discover new talents. Activities and societies on offer include cooking, sailing, Model United Nations and Medical Society. Moreover, there are over 90 trips and tours on offer each year. These allow students to immerse themselves in different cultures and experience life-changing moments.


Pastoral care at Oakham School is exceptional. Caring staff work hard to create a safe and secure environment in which pupils can thrive. The school’s Pastoral Centre, being a base for Oakham’s mental health team, is a testament to the school’s determination to promote mental wellbeing amongst the school body. In addition to this, all Form 3 pupils will do a course in mindfulness.


Oakham School Form 3/Year 9 (13+) Admissions Process


Oakham School warmly invites prospective families to visit the school before registering for a place. This will enable you to experience the atmosphere of the school and decide if it is a good fit for your child. 


You can attend their Open Event in May to explore the facilities, meet staff members and current pupils, hear from the Head and ask any questions you have about the admissions process. Places can be booked via the online form on their website. Oakham School is also happy to book individual visits, to be arranged by contacting the admissions team directly. Contact details are given lower down. 


If you decide to register your child for a place in Form 3 (Year 9), you need to complete the online registration form. You should submit it along with a £150 registration fee, a copy of your child’s birth certificate, a copy of their passport and a copy of their latest school report. Any specialist reports you have on your child should also be submitted. This needs to be done before the end of November of Year 8 at the very latest. However, early registration is encouraged.


Candidates will take assessments in January of Year 8 and have an interview. Also, the school requires a confidential reference from your child’s current school at this stage. The Oakham School’s assessments consist of the CAT4 (Cognitive Abilities Test) and written papers in English and Maths. 


Offers will be made in February. Acceptance of an offer requires payment of a deposit (refunded when your child has completed their education at Oakham). Once your child’s place is confirmed, you will receive a joining pack that contains all the information you need to prepare your child for the start of their education at Oakham. A Familiarisation Day in June and an Induction Day in August or September will help make your child feel relaxed and confident about becoming a pupil at Oakham School.


Oakham School Form 3/Year 9 (13+) Scholarships and Bursaries


  The following scholarships are available for 13+ candidates:

  • Academic
  • All-Rounder
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport


Candidates may apply for up to two scholarships. The maximum value a scholarship carries is 10% of the value of the school’s day fees. A pupil in receipt of two scholarships will have the combined value of the awards capped at 10% of the fees. If you are interested in entering your child for a scholarship, you should contact the admissions team. You can also look at Oakham School’s website for more details.


Families who would not be able to afford to send their child to Oakham without financial assistance can apply for a bursary. Bursaries are means-tested and cover up to 100% of the school’s fees. You should contact the admissions team for advice if you are thinking of applying for a bursary. They can also send you the relevant forms you need to fill in. Please note that there are a limited number of bursaries available.   


Oakham School 13 Plus (13+) School Details and CAT4 Information


Address: Chapel Close, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT

County: East Midlands

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01572 758758

School type: Independent co-educational day and boarding school 

Open Event: May

Entrance exams: Online CAT4 and written English and Maths papers


As part of the assessment process for Form 3 (13+) entry, your child will be asked to complete the CAT4 (Cognitive Abilities Test) online. 


Based on performance in this exam, the school can judge pupils’ progress over the academic year.


This assessment is also an effective way for the school to understand pupils’ strengths and weaknesses so they can personalise learning and adapt teaching.


Given that your child will be in Year 8 when they sit the exam, they will take Level E of the CAT4.


Oakham School Form 3/Year 9 (13+) CAT4 Format 


The CAT4 consists of multiple-choice questions that cover Verbal reasoning, Non-Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning and Spatial reasoning.


⦿ The Verbal reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words.


⦿ The Non-Verbal reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems by analysing visual information.


⦿ The Quantitative reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers.


⦿ The Spatial reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to understand how objects can move in a three-dimensional world. 


How to Prepare for the Oakham School 13 Plus (13+) CAT4 Level E 


At Pretest Plus, we believe that considered preparation will significantly boost a student’s confidence and enhance their performance in competitive entrance examinations. 


Working their way through our CAT4 Level E Practice Tests will help your child be prepared for the CAT4E in the following ways:


  • They will become familiar with the format of the CAT4E, meaning there are no surprises on the day.
  • They will get better at answering questions quickly and accurately when under time pressure.
  • Looking at the answers and detailed explanations for each question, they will learn from any mistakes they make and avoid repeating them in the actual exam.
  • They will be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses, meaning they can then focus on any areas that require improvement.


Improving across all the areas that will be tested in the CAT4E will mean your child is well-equipped to access every aspect of Oakham’s extensive curriculum. Furthermore, the more advanced their reasoning abilities are, the more successful they will be in navigating the challenges of higher education and beyond.


Oakham School 13 Plus (13+) CAT4 Level E Practice Materials


Our CAT4E practice tests and courses are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s exam preparation is targeted and efficient. The following packs are specifically designed for CAT4 Level E, taken in January of the calendar year of entry to Form 3 (Year 9) of Oakham School.


Oakham School 13+ CAT4 Level E Full Mock Tests


These full mock tests are designed to provide your child with extremely accurate practice ahead of their CAT4 Level E. Each practice test covers Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial reasoning, replicating the modules, timings and question types used in the actual exam.


Our highly rated CAT4E practice tests are available to take online immediately after purchase. Each CAT4E practice test is marked automatically and can then be reviewed. Answers and explanations are provided for every question, as well as comparative ranking statistics on a per-module basis. 


CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 1

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 2

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 3

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 4

CAT4 – Level E – Practice Test 5


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Oakham School 13+ CAT4 Level E Skill Practice Tests


Our CAT4 Level E Skill Practice Tests each focus on one module that will come up in the CAT4E. Therefore, if your child finds particular modules challenging, you can target them specifically, making a big improvement in a short amount of time. 


Verbal Reasoning

CAT4 – Level E – Verbal Classification

CAT4 – Level E – Verbal Analogies


Non-Verbal Reasoning

CAT4 – Level E – Figure Matrices

CAT4 – Level E – Figure Classification


Quantitative reasoning

CAT4 – Level E – Number Analogies

CAT4 – Level E – Number Series


Spatial reasoning

CAT4 – Level E – Figure Analysis

CAT4 – Level E – Figure Recognition


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Oakham School 13+ CAT4 Level E Video Courses 


Our CAT4 Online Video Courses cover each section of the CAT4E. Each course consists of a series of lessons and step-by-step explanations.


CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Course

CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Course

CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Course

CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Course


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The information in this post 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.


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