At 13+ (Year 9)
We begin to consider the ‘first wave’ of registered applicants during Year 7. When you tell us you would like your child to be part of this process we will request a comprehensive report and the most recent verbal reasoning test (VRT) score from their current school. If the school cannot provide these scores we will arrange a test here.
Your child will be asked to complete a pre-interview questionnaire and during the assessment they will be interviewed by a Housemaster or Housemistress. We will also ask to see your child’s recent maths and English exercise books along with a piece of Year 7 work they are most proud of. This will form the basis of a further 20 to 30-minute discussion to help us assess academic ability.
NB: Before the interviews take place we ask parents to pay the entrance fee.
If a conditional place is offered, the next step is to pass either Common Entrance (with an average of at least 55 per cent) or meet our entrance requirements in English and maths for children whose schools do not prepare for Common Entrance, or to meet our entrance requirements in the Academic Scholarship examinations.
We temporarily close our lists for new applications between mid-October and April of Year 7 to enable us to carry out this first wave assessment process. If you apply after our lists have closed, we will ask you to fill in our Waiting List Registration form so we can then consider you for places which may become available.
Applications for 13+ entry in 2022 are now being considered by means of our Waiting List registration form.
Applications for 13+ entry in 2023 – applicants registered before 15 October 2021 will be included in the first wave of interviews in January and February 2022.
NB: For entry in September 2024 and beyond – registration will close in October of Year 7 with interviews then in January and February.