13+ Boarding

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 2020 are now being considered by means of our Waiting List Registration form.

Covid-19 update:

Those families with places for entry in September 2020 which were conditional on Common Entrance (and their prep schools) have been contacted with adapted guidance to ensure that we will treat everyone fairly and be able to recognise hard work and academic progress since the lockdown. We look forward to welcoming all of our new students into Year 9 (13+) in September.

Applications for 13+ entry in 2021 – applicants registered before 18 October 2019 will be included in the first wave of interviews in January and February 2020.

Covid-19 update:

Whilst the current exceptional circumstances exist we will be using remote assessment for later applicants for any spaces which may become available for entry in September 2020 and 2021

NB: For entry in September 2022 and beyond – registration will close in October of Year 7 with interviews then in January and February

Covid-19 update:

We will be writing to invite potential applicants for entry in 2022 to engage with us remotely over the summer term and hoping that we will be able to follow our normal admissions process and timings from September


The Rugby School community will physically re-unite in September. We are proud of our staff and students who have engaged in a full, virtual timetable enabling us all to flourish during this challenging time. Plans for a safe return of the whole School community will involve comprehensive risk assessments and a commitment to the BSA COVID-SAFE Charter. Find out more about our bespoke virtual visits and Open Days here