After Lyndhurst

Senior Schools

The Headmaster is pleased to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of transfer to Senior Schools, and the best choice of destination.

The process of preparation for Senior School exams is important and involves aiming at high academic standards. Nevertheless, the School continues to ensure a full and proper education during this time, as is right for the boys and as expected by Senior Schools.

We prepare boys for entry into the major London Independent Schools including:

  • City of London
  • Highgate
  • Mill Hill
  • St Paul's
  • UCS
  • Westminster

Boys regularly achieve academic scholarship success, most recently in 2021 to Merchant Taylors' and St Albans and in 2022 to North Bridge House and d'Overbroeck's in Oxford.

See below a full list of all senior schools that our 13+ leavers have gone on to study at in the last 5 years:

  • Aldenham
  • Bradfield College
  • City of London
  • Epsom College
  • Haberdashers’ Aske’s
  • Haileybury
  • Harrow
  • King Edward's Bath
  • Merchiston Castle
  • Mill Hill
  • Northbridge House, Canonbury
  • Oakham
  • Prior Park
  • St Albans
  • St Edward's Oxford
  • St Paul’s
  • Teddington School
  • UCS
  • Uppingham
  • Westminster
  • Wetherby
  • William Ellis

Some of our pupils leave at 11, their destinations in the last 5 years have included the following:

  • Aldenham
  • Haberdashers
  • Highgate
  • Immanuel
  • UCS
  • John Lyon
  • Manchester Grammar School
  • The Perse Cambridge
  • St Albans
  • Wetherby

High standards and good results come hand-in-hand with a continuing involvement in all aspects of School life. This is vital for the boys, for their preparation for the Senior School and for their happiness and well-being.


Our pupils will move onto the school that best suits their attainment and aptitude at 11+ or 13+.  We prepare them for the school that is right for them, and our experienced teachers will help support your child at every step of the way.

It may be that another Dukes school is suitable for your child.  If so, we are happy to advise and recommend them, and one of the benefits of being part of the Dukes Education family is that we can offer priority entrance to your child.

What does priority entry mean?

Priority access means that a pupil at one Dukes school enjoys preferential entry to another, but it is not a guarantee of acceptance. Each school has its own admissions criteria, and an assessment process for entry, and every pupil needs to meet the minimum criteria. A child that meets the eligibility criteria to join another Dukes school moves straight to the front of the queue.  This can take a good deal of uncertainty and stress out of the 11+ or 13+ process.

Year 5 confirmation

If pupils prefer to continue on to a Dukes senior school, we may be able to confirm acceptance during Year 5, subject to meeting the entry criteria.


Caroline Townsend
Eaton Square Senior School

Eaton Square Senior School is a vibrant, popular community where pupils learn not only the skills but also the values that will prepare them for their life beyond senior school. The education at Eaton Square has a traditional British foundation, but a modern and international outlook. The school is located in two historical buildings in central London; Years 7 – 11 are on Piccadilly in a Grade 1 listed building that once housed Ian Fleming, among other notaries, and the Sixth Form which opens in September 2022 will be in a newly renovated Georgian townhouse in Belgravia. Students enjoy access to the Old Actonians sports club facilities.

Darryl Wideman
Radnor House School, Twickenham

Radnor House Twickenham is an independent selective coeducational day school enjoying a stunning location on the banks of the River Thames in Twickenham, where pupils thrive in small classes with a strong focus on individual attention. Life at RHT is shaped by the school’s commitment to providing an active learning environment for limitless minds. Everyone firmly believes that all pupils are capable of great things if effectively taught, motivated and inspired by their school environment.

Dr Adrian Rainbow
Hampton Court House School

Hampton Court House is an independent co-educational school and sixth form. The school is situated in its own private parkland, a 30-to-40-minute drive from central London. At HCH, we lay the foundations of a lifelong love of learning. Children are offered the best of both worlds - they are emotionally supported and encouraged to work hard. The result of being raised at HCH means they will not only do better, they will be better people. All children are prepared for 13+ and while some go on to leading day and boarding schools, most choose to stay with us for their GCSE and A Level years.