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Boys are admitted on either day boarder, flexible
boarder or full-boarder basis. The normal procedures are described
below; anyone interested in applying for Scholarships
should see the relevant page.
The principal points of entry to the School are at
8 to 14, and 16 years of age. However, pupils may be admitted at
other ages if places are available. The majority of applicants join
at the start of the academic year in September, but it is possible
for pupils to start at other times of the year: again if places
A number of year groups (and day places in general)
can become oversubscribed. Once entry to a year group is closed,
places may be offered on a waiting list.
Ages 8 - 12+ for entry to J4, J5, First,
Second and Third Forms
Entrance assessments are normally held on the third
weekend in January: computerised tests in Mathematics and English,
a writing exercise and an informal interview. We also require a
satisfactory report from a boy's current school, which must be made
available at the time of assessment.
Ages 13+ and 14+
for entry to Fourth and Shell Forms
Entrance assessments are normally held in the last
week of January. Written papers in Mathematics and English, a
Screening or Non-Verbal Reasoning test, and an interview. We also
require a satisfactory report from a boy's current school, which
must be made available at the time of assessment.
Age 16+ for entry to Sixth
Entrance assessments can be held at any time of the year.
Entrants taking GCSEs or Standard Grades (or equivalents) can be
considered for entry on the basis of their results in those
examinations and an interview with the Headmaster. We also require
a satisfactory report from a boy's current school, which must be
made available at the time of assessment.
Thereafter we can continue to offer
assessments to boys seeking entry to all these year groups,
provided places are available.
Dates of Assessments in 2012-13
We will normally ask you to accept a place within
three weeks of the offer being made. With your letter of offer, we
will send the appropriate Acceptance Form, together with our Terms
& Conditions of Entry, and a copy of our School Policies
In some cases, pupils may be assessed for entry and
a deferred place offered. Deferment may be for a period of 1 year
without further assessment. Thereafter, re-assessment is
recommended to ensure correct placing in class sets.
Assessments (and entry requirements) may be a
little different for International Students. Click here for further
details about International Student
The School will do all it can to ensure that places
are available for younger brothers of current pupils. However,
parents are advised to make early reservations of places to assist
the School, and to ensure that a place can be made available,
subject to entrance assessments and satisfactory school report.
If applications to the School are oversubscribed,
then a waiting list may be operated. Parents who wish their son's
name to be placed on the waiting list should complete a
Registration Form and pay the Registration Fee, after which their
son may sit entrance assessments. If places become available before
the start of an academic year, then these will be offered on the
basis of academic ability. Since the School is primarily a boarding
school, priority will also be given to boarding applicants.
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