Joining Year 9
All pupils who have expressed interest in joining Year 9 are invited for an activity day when they are in Year 5. This typically takes place in June and is a great opportunity to experience a fun day at the school and meet some of the other pupils who will be in their year group in the future.
Candidates are then invited for personal taster days during Years 6 or 7. For those interested in boarding it may be possible to offer boarding tasters on the night. During their visit candidates will meet current pupils, participate in lessons and take the school assessment. They will also have a short interview with the Headmaster. We request a preliminary school report from your current school at this stage. After the assessment you will be informed of the results and places will be offered.
Offers are typically made by way of a letter to parents. Offers may be open for acceptance for a limited time only. You will be asked to secure your place by completing the Acceptance Form and paying a deposit (which is returned against your final school bill). Joining information will then be shared with you ahead of your child’s start date.
Applications for Year 9 should be with us by the February of Year 7, after this point offers can still be made but they will be subject to availability.
During Year 8 we will ask your child’s school for an updated report and there will be other, frequent, opportunities for both you and your child to visit. Potential scholars can apply for 13+ awards in the January preceding their year of entry.
Joining Other Years
Candidates interested in Years 10 and 11 will be invited to spend a day at the school with the year group they will be joining. They will participate in a normal timetable of lessons and be accompanied throughout by a nominated pupil guardian. It should be noted that places in Years 10 and 11 may be are subject to GCSE choices and at Year 11 we cannot always match a candidate’s current programme of study.
If you have questions about joining the Senior School please visit our Knowledge Base, a library of frequently asked questions which can tell you more about the admissions process as well as life at the school.