FAQs

11+

About 500 boys apply. We interview about 220. We offer about 170 places. 70-75 offers are accepted. These numbers remain constant year on year. We always interview brothers of boys already at the school.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your son must be 11 years old by 1st September of the year of entry & no younger than 10 years 6 months.

You must register your son before 31st October of the year before the proposed year of entry.

We make offers based on performance in 3 areas.

  1. A report from your son鈥檚 current school (if we don鈥檛 receive one, this doesn鈥檛 prejudice your son鈥檚 prospects). We send you a form for you to forward to your son鈥檚 school for completion. The school returns it direct to us.
  2. Exams in English, Mathematics, and a General Paper.
  3. Individual interviews for boys who are successful in the examinations.

Early December.

The last two weeks of January and the first week of February, after the examinations.

We send offers for admission at 11+ to parents in the year of entry, in accordance with local independent school guidelines. We put offers of places in the post towards the end of February. All replies (places, scholarships, bursaries) are required by the end of the first week of March at the latest - the precise date will vary year by year.

You pay your deposit. Your son comes to the School for a medical in the Summer Term, where he meets his Head of House.

You and he receive publications explaining the school routines, the process for buying uniform, games kit, and so on. You have the opportunity to book music lessons and places on the School鈥檚 coaches. You can do much of this online. There is a welcome morning for the boys in June.

On acceptance of a place, 拢1050 (拢600 set against the first term鈥檚 tuition fee, 拢400 set against final account, 拢50 non-refundable administrative fee).

13+

About 330 boys apply, 300 sit the exam and 140 places are offered with a view to gaining 75-80 acceptances.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your son must be 13 years old by 1st September of the year of entry. You must register your son before June 30th of Year 5.

We offer based on performance in 3 areas.

  1. A report from your son鈥檚 current school. We request this directly and it鈥檚 usually completed on the ICAS/ISEB Common Transfer form. After your son鈥檚 interview, we feedback to and discuss your son鈥檚 performance with his current school.
  2. Individual interviews for all applicants after which we select boys to invite to our qualifying examinations.
  3. 西施直播鈥 qualifying examinations in English, Mathematics and the 西施直播 General Paper. All examinations are marked or moderated by 西施直播鈥 teachers.

Candidates who have accepted a place will sit ISEB Common Entrance papers in January of Year 8 for the purposes of setting only.

They are held in September and October of Year 6. Interviews are one to one with a member of staff and last approximately 25 minutes. The interview will assess four areas 鈥 communication; intellectual curiosity; reasoning and extra-curricular commitment.

They are held in December of Year 6.

We email offers of places in mid-February of Year 6. All replies (fee-paying places, scholarships and bursaries) are required by the end of the first week of March at the latest - the precise date will vary year by year.

In January of Year 7 we email you to confirm your acceptance of a place.  Prior to this point you can change your mind and we will refund your deposit.  From January of Year 7, your deposit is non-returnable should you withdraw.

You and your son are invited to the School to meet his Head of House and to have a medical with the School Nurse in the Summer Term of Year 8.

You and he will receive publications explaining the school routines, the process for buying uniform, games kit, and so on.

Later, you will also have the opportunity to book instrumental lessons and places on the School鈥檚 coaches.

  • Registration Fee 拢150 (non-returnable)
  • Examination Fee 拢50 (non-returnable)
  • Initial Acceptance of a place 拢1000 (returnable up to January of Year 7)
  • Final acceptance of a place 拢1000 (non-returnable in the event of withdrawal)

Of the total deposit of 拢2000, 拢1600 will go towards the first term鈥檚 fees and 拢400 will be returned at the end of your son鈥檚 school career.

16+

Approximately 40 candidates apply each year.  We offer on the basis of potential and have no specific number of offers in mind.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your son must be 16 years old by 1st September of the year of entry & no younger than 15 years 6 months.

You must register your son before 7th October of the year before the proposed year of entry.

We will send you an information booklet listing the subject choices available. We ask candidates to choose four subjects that they would like to study in the Sixth form.  You will sit examinations in the four choices you give us. In the Spring we will do our best to timetable all choices, however we cannot guarantee that all combinations will be available - this is true for all boys entering the Sixth Form at 西施直播'. If a particular combination proves impossible to fulfil, the School will contact you and ask for an alternative choice.

We offer based on performance in 4 areas. 

  1. A report, including GCSE predictions, direct from your son鈥檚 current school. We request this directly and it鈥檚 usually completed on a 西施直播鈥 form.  The school will be looking for a minimum of seven grades at 8/9 or A*.
  2. 西施直播鈥 examinations in the candidates four nominated A level subjects. Held in November at 西施直播鈥. 
  3. Those candidates who are successful in the examinations will be invited to 西施直播' for interviews in their nominated A level subjects and a general interview with a member of the Sixth Form leadership team.
  4. A conditional offer will be emailed - this will specify attaining or exceeding a conditional offer based on results at GCSE.  These will include top grades in your son's A level choices as well as English and Mathematics.  The grades will be specified in the offer letter.

Around the second or third week of November, typically the second week after half term.

Typically, the first week of December, after the examinations.

We put conditional offers of places in the post mid-December. All replies (places, scholarships, bursaries) are required early January - the precise date will vary year by year and will be specified in the conditional offer letter.

You pay your deposit of 拢1,050. Your son will be invited in for a Sixth Form induction course in June. You and he receive publications explaining the school routines, the process for buying uniform, games kit, and so on. You have the opportunity to book music lessons and places on the School鈥檚 coaches. You can do much of this online.  On GCSE results day you must contact the 西施直播 office and send a scan of your son's results to confirm his place in the School.

On acceptance of a place, 拢1050 (拢600 set against the first term鈥檚 tuition fee, 拢400 set against final account, 拢50 non-refundable administrative fee).