Third Form (Age 13+)

We have a sizeable intake of pupils joining the Senior School in the Third Form, at age 13.

Many children join us at this stage at the end of attending a Prep School in the local area. Other children apply from outside the Independent Schools system, from other secondary schools, or from abroad, having 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 with 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

The Assessment Day for entry to the Third Form, 2017 will be held on Tuesday 14 November, 2017.

The assessment process requires candidates to complete tests in Maths and English, as well as taking part in a group activity and a series of interviews with the Headmaster and senior members of staff. The group exercise will vary from year to year, but is designed to be stimulating and challenging, but also offers the opportunity to get to know the School, the staff and the other candidates. 

Candidates from Preparatory Schools who will take Common Entrance examinations in their final year should register for the Assessment Day to take a pre-test when they are aged 11+. On the basis of their performance in this pre-test, provisional places for entry into Third Form are offered, conditional on satisfactory performance at Common Entrance.

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.

Pupils who have accepted places will be invited to meet their Housemaster and other new pupils in the Summer Term after Common Entrance. 

Key Admission Dates for 2018 Entry

  • Wednesday 11 October 2017 Prospective External Third Form Parents Information Evening
  • Monday 23 October 2017 Registration Deadline
  • Tuesday 14 November 2017 Assessments
  • Saturday 17 March 2018 Open Morning 


Can I see sample examinations papers for the November pre-test?

Sample papers for the November pre-test are not released. The tests will be a Non-Calculator Maths paper and an English comprehension and writing paper similar in standard and format to those candidates will see at Common Entrance.

From which local preparatory schools have children joined Cokethorpe?

  • Abingdon Preparatory School
  • Ashfold School
  • Beachborough School
  • Christchurch Cathedral School
  • Hatherop Castle Preparatory School
  • Headington Preparatory School
  • New College School
  • Pinewood School
  • St Hugh's School
  • Summer Fields Preparatory School
  • Swanbourne House School
  • The Dragon School
  • Winchester House School 

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.

Read more about the School Day 

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.

Read more about AOB 

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.

Read more about WIT 

Can my son/daughter travel on the 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 arrange school bus transport. 

Read more about the School Buses 

We look for candidates who will respond to the School's care, opportunities and values, and who will, in return, contribute to the School with their talents and enthusiasm. Mrs S M L Copeland, Registrar