Like us, you will want to be sure that The Pilgrims’ School is the best choice of school for your son. Our taster days are designed to help us answer that important question with you.

Taster days are held individually or in small groups, usually no more than three terms ahead of the planned start date. When he arrives for his taster day, your son is welcomed by a Pilgrim of the same age, who looks after him for the day and introduces him to the boys in his class, who soon become his new friends. Your son spends the day joining in with lessons, sport, lunch, breaks, snacks and activities, which helps him to get a good sense of what it would be like if he were to be at school here. The day also includes simple tests designed to assess his current level of ability and, more importantly, his future potential. Our standardised entry tests are based on maths, English and NVR (non verbal reasoning). Older boys (for entry to Years 6 and 7) will have interviews with specialist subject teachers and potential scholars may be given extension work.

If your son is musical, he might enjoy the opportunity to play for the Director of Music and to attend a choir practice or orchestral rehearsal.

There is no need to prepare your son for our entry tests! If there is anything he does not understand, the teacher will help him and will explain the question. The tests are presented in user-friendly workbooks, and there is a lot of chat with sharing of information and ideas while your son works. Getting a sense of your son's character and personality is just as important to us as his academic potential. We are looking for boys with the willingness to learn, boys with a spark whom we believe will thrive at The Pilgrims' School.



Boys applying to join The Pilgrims’ School as a boarder attend the same taster day as a dayboy. They are looked after for the day by a current boarder and are given a detailed tour of the boarding house by one of the Houseparents, who explains the daily boarding routine and also describes the fun excursions and activities which take place each weekend.


Overseas candidates

Test papers may on occasion be sent to candidates abroad, but they will still be required to attend a taster day with further assessments at the school. For more information about applying from overseas, please refer to our Overseas Student Policy.