The school maintains waiting lists for vacancies which may arise during Years 8-11 (and after 31st December of Year 7). 

Those parents who wish their child to be considered for entry should complete and return an In-Year Application Form, which can be found below. Parents must submit both Part 1 and Part 2 of the application form. 

On receipt of a completed In-Year Application Form, applicants will be written to within 15 days. The dates when testing takes place for each academic year are published in advance below.  Applicants must submit the completed form at least two school weeks prior to the date of testing. 

Applicants for the same year group will sit a series of tests at the school. Applicants for entry into Year 7 sit tests in English, Mathematics and Science; applicants for entry into Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 will sit tests in English, Mathematics, Science and French/German/Spanish.

Requests for admission outside of the usual age group (‘under age’ or ‘over age’) should be provided in writing to the Headteacher.

There are no specimen papers available in advance of the tests.

If, based on the test performance, an applicant is deemed to meet the required standard for entry into the relevant year group, the Headteacher will offer a place on behalf of Governors. If there are more applicants deemed to have met the required standard than there are places, then places will be awarded according to the school’s published Admissions Criteria for that year group.

Ability in English, Mathematics and Science is indicative of a pupil’s ability to cope with the demands of academic subjects in general; therefore, a candidate must score at least in line with the average of our own pupils in the relevant year group in English, Mathematics and Science to be deemed suitable for entry into the year group.

Applicants who are refused a place and wish to re-apply must complete and return a new application form.  No applicant may be considered more than once in any academic year.

Parents of an unsuccessful applicant have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Dates for testing in the academic year 2021-22:

Years 8, 9, 10 and 11:  Monday 8th November 2021 and Wednesday 4th May 2022 (applications for this date close 20th April 2022)

Year 7:  Wednesday 26th January 2022 and Monday 4th July 2022