First Form (Age 11+)

The majority of pupils joining the Senior School do so in the First Form at age eleven, having successfully completed the following Admissions Process:

Step 1 Visit Us

Before starting the Admissions Process we would always recommend that, where possible, both parents and pupils visit the School. The best way to see the School is by attending one of our Open Days that take place throughout the year. Open Days are a great way to explore the School, talk to staff and pupils and hear an address from the Headmaster.

If the dates of our Open Days are not convenient then families are invited to book an individual visit so that they have an opportunity to look around the School and speak with the Admissions Team. An appointment can be made by contacting the Admissions Secretary on 01993 703921 (Option 1) or by email at

Step 2 Registration

In order to progress the Admissions Process parents are asked to complete a Registration Form and return it to the Admissions Department with a non-refundable registration fee of £100. 

Step 3 Assessment

On Wednesday 8 November 2017, candidates will be interviewed by the Headmaster and a senior member of the teaching staff, and complete an activity that is designed to be stimulating and challenging, but also offers the opportunity to get to know the School and the other candidates. Assessments will then be held on Saturday 18 November 2017. This will consist of formal assessments in Maths and English, under exam conditions.

Offers of Places

Places are usually offered within two weeks of the Assessment Day. The number of candidates taking part in the Assessment Process always exceeds the number of places available and therefore we must be selective. Academic ability is a significant criterion for our selection but we also take into account the candidates’ interview, current school report and their non-academic skills and interests.

Transfer Day

Pupils who have accepted places will be invited to attend a day with their new year group during the Summer Term. Pupils will get to meet their House Master or Mistress and Tutor and become familiar with the staff and School surroundings so that in September, they are able to make a happy and confident start to life in the Senior School.

Key Admission Dates for 2018 Entry

  • Saturday 20 May 2017 Open Morning
  • Tuesday 10 October 2017 Prospective External First Form Parents Information Evening
  • Monday 23 October 2017 Registration Deadline
  • Wednesday 8 November 2017 First Form Interviews and Activity
  • Saturday 18 November 2017 Assessments
  • Saturday 17 March 2018 Open Morning 


When does the Senior School day start and finish?

Registration for Senior School pupils is at 8.40am with academic lessons starting at 9.00am. The Senior School day finishes at 5.00pm.

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I have seen AOB in the timetable, what is this?

AOB is the name given to our activities programme. Every Friday lunchtime pupils have the opportunity to choose from and participate in a wide range of activities.

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I have seen WIT in the timetable, what is this?

WIT stands for Wellbeing and Integrity Toolkit and forms a key part of our pastoral care programme.

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Will by son/daughter need to bring any food?

Lunch is provided for all pupils and specialist dietary requirements, including allergies are well catered for. Some pupils also like to bring a small healthy snack to eat.

Can my son/ daughter travel on a school bus?

The bus routes and stops are arranged each year to allow for alterations of pick up locations. If you live within reach of one of our many bus routes then it should be possible to accommodate school bus transport.

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