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Maida Vale School

In their own words

At Maida Vale School we have an ‘open door’ culture, whereby parents can come to the school and speak with staff about their child’s progress and well-being at any time. We believe that a child’s educational journey is shared between the school, parents and the child themselves, a co-curation of their education that gives agency and ownership to all involved.

When at full capacity, Maida Vale School will have a roll of 600 boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Small class sizes and closely supported tutor groups mean that students receive individual attention and feel valued and recognised for who they are. Many other senior schools remain modelled on traditional 19th century values of industrialised learning that prioritises the school before the learner. At Maida Vale School each student is respected as a valuable and emerging individual, and teachers and staff work in partnership to achieve success, happiness and well-being.

Maida Vale School is an energising, challenging and nurturing environment. We look forward to welcoming you through its doors.

Mr Magnus BashaaratHead, Maida Vale School

The admissions process uses the online ISEB Common Pre Test (sometimes referred to as the Common Entrance Exam). This exam has a specific format and structure, includes a range of predictable questions types and is taken in an online/computer environment. Students should pay particular attention to the Non-Verbal and Verbal-Reasoning modules, as these sections may include question types they have never encountered before.

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What questions can I expect?

The ISEB Common Pre Test is a combination of 4 individual exams, all of which are set in a multiple choice, online environment. The exams vary every year, but you can expect to find all or most of the below in this year's test.


  • Calculations

  • Money

  • Place value

  • Statistics and data

  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages

  • Triangles and angles

  • Area and perimeter

  • Units and measurement


  • Reading and comprehension

  • Vocabulary and spelling

  • Literary devices

Verbal Reasoning

  • Code breaking

  • Word meanings

  • Missing letters

  • Pairing synonyms

  • Pairing antonyms

  • Word combinations

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Visual codes

  • Missing shapes and shape sequences

  • Matching shapes

  • Net-to-cube

  • Cube-to-net

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