Entrance exam

Entrance exam and assessment

Our entrance exam takes place at the end of January for admission the following September (Nursery to Year 10). The deadline for submitting applications is 30 November prior to the year of entry and all applications for bursaries must be received by this date. Depending on demand, there is sometimes an additional assessment date for applicants to Rose Court and Junior School late March.

We take Year 12 applications throughout the year, but the sooner they are received the more choice there is around subject options, certainly we would advise applying before the end of February.

The main entrance exam for September 2019 entry has now passed. The later assessment date for Rose Court and Junior School will take place on Friday 29 March 2019. We also take applications  for all year groups (excluding Year 11 and Year 13) throughout the year subject to places.

To apply, please complete our online application form. There is a non-refundable application fee of £50.

How is my child assessed?

Nursery to Year 2 assessments are quite informal as these children are still very young. For entrants to Year 1 and Year 2, we are continuing to look at children’s  potential and readiness to learn.  We may also ask  these entrants to do some reading and number work while they are here.

Junior School assessments comprise of written tests in numeracy, literacy and a multiple choice non-verbal reasoning paper. The children will spend some of the day in a current class to allow them to get a feel for the school. This child-friendly environment gives them the opportunity to make new friends, play out and work in a less pressured environment.

The Year 7 (11+) entrance exam is our most popular entry point and we often receive over 200 applications. A whole school day is put aside for the Year 7 entrance exam in January and most children really enjoy the experience. Examinations are taken in maths, English comprehension and English writing and sample papers can be found here. A short interview is held on a separate day.

Entry to Years 8-9 consist of similar examinations with increasing difficulty. A sample Year 9 entrance exam paper can be found here. Candidates also have interviews in modern foreign languages and science as well as with the Head of Year.

Year 10 candidates usually have skills based interviews in the core subjects as well as an interview with the Head of Year. Written papers may be requested in certain circumstances e.g. for overseas students.

Year 12 (Sixth Form) entrance is by interview and predicted GCSE grades, which must then be achieved in the summer.

In all cases, a confidential report is requested from the applicants school, which along with the assessment results and interview form the basis of our decision.

For further information please see our admissions policy.


Or, if you prefer to chat with someone please call our admissions team on 0113 229 1552