The majority of Pilgrims leave at the end of Year 8, taking places at a number of the major independent (mostly boarding) schools in the country.

A small number of boys apply to one of several day independent schools nearby and may leave at the end of Year 6, in order to join a main intake at 11+. Some, however, will seek to have the place deferred until 13+ entry, preferring to remain at Pilgrims' for the breadth of the Common Entrance curriculum and for the unequivocal benefits of spending the final two years as a Senior in a prep school.

Choice of senior school

Pilgrims’ feeds some of the top independent schools in the country and ambitions are high: over 40% of our boys go to Winchester College; Eton is the second most popular destination.  However, boys also head elsewhere, and Pilgrims’ feeds a wide number, and type, of schools: from co-ed (e.g. Canford, Marlborough) to single sex (e.g. Radley, Sherborne); both full boarding (e.g. Charterhouse, Harrow) and day (e.g. King Edward’s Southampton and Portsmouth Grammar School). 

 It is our mission to achieve your son’s academic potential and to support you to find the ‘right school’ for him. Boys are prepared diligently for whichever senior school exam lies ahead for them. The school takes great care to help parents identify the most appropriate senior school for their son, a school where he will continue to thrive and to make the most of all the opportunities presented to him.

Destination of Leavers

Continuing the remarkable achievement of 20 awards last year, the Leavers of 2017 have once again secured places at their first choice senior schools, gaining a total of 13 awards.  From a considerably smaller year group, we have three boys on Election Roll (academic awards) at Winchester College, and an Exhibitioner to Charterhouse.  Six full Music Scholarships and three Music Exhibitions to Winchester College, Charterhouse, Clayesmore, and Churchers College complete the awards this year.