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Entrance exam

Entrance exam and assessment

Our entrance exam for Nursery to Year 10 entry takes place each January for admission the following September.  Applications for a Year 7 bursary must be received by 30 September prior to the year of entry, as we hold a shortlisting assessment in October. All other applications for these year groups must be submitted by 30 November, again prior to the year of entry. There is no deadline for Year 12 applications but we encourage early applications to ensure we can accommodate chosen subject combinations.

To apply, please complete our online application form and make payment of the non-refundable application fee of £75.

How is my child assessed?

Nursery – Year 1

Candidates will be invited in for an informal assessment, which typically lasts around one hour. As these applicants are very young we do everything we can to make it as relaxed as possible, whilst assessing them within a classroom environment.

Years 2 – 6

Candidates will be invited in for age-appropriate assessments in maths and English, as well as an interview with a member of our Primary team.

Year 7 (11+)

Year 7 is our most popular entry point and we normally receive over 200 applications each year, these consist of both fee-paying and bursary applications. Candidates applying for a fee-paying place will be invited in to sit assessments in maths, English reading and English writing, as well as attend an interview with a member of our academic team at a later stage. Sample papers can be found by clicking on the relevant links above. This year, the entrance exam for September 2022 entry is Friday 21 January 2022.

Candidates applying for a bursary must complete our bursary application form by 30 September the year before entry. Those that submit this form on time will sit our bursary shortlisting exam in October. Successful candidates from this exam will be invited to sit the January assessments.

Years 8-10

Candidates will be invited in to sit assessments in maths, English, languages and science, as well as a solo interview with the respective Head of Year. Sample papers for each year group can be found below:

Year 8 – Maths / English 
Year 9 – Maths / English
Year 10 – Maths / English

Year 12 (Sixth Form)

Year 12 is our second largest intake and candidates will be invited in for solo interviews with our sixth form team. Additionally, candidates will be asked to submit a personal statement.

In all cases candidates will be asked to provide a copy of their most recent school report and we will reach out to candidates’ current schools for a confidential reference. In some cases we may also ask candidates to sit additional assessments, e.g. candidates who are applying from overseas.

For further information please see our admissions policy.

Or, if you prefer to chat with someone please call our admissions team on 0113 228 5121