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I've Registered for 13+ (Year 9)

Thank you for registering for Year 9

Below we set out the process for what happens next. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 01372 822423 or email admissions@freemens.org 


Key Dates for applying for Year 9 (13+)

Date Description
9 -16 November Online assessments in English, Mathematics, General Knowledge and Non-Verbal Reasoning. We will contact you with a date and time once you have registered.
November- January  We will request a confidential report from current school
10 January 2020 13+ Music Scholarship Auditions

January 

(11 January 2020 or 

reserve exam 15 January 2020)

Interviews and Activities. Once we have reviewed the exam results, we will invite you in for a two hour slot. There will be two 30-minute interviews: one individual and one group. There will also be a carousel of activities to enjoy.

13+ Scholarship Exams

February (first week) Decision letters are sent 
March (first week) Deadline to accept offers
June Induction Day for all new pupils and welcome evening for new parents
September Start at Freemen's

entrance assessments 

CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR YEAR 9 ENTRY MAY PRE-TEST IN YEAR 6 OR YEAR 7 OR SIT THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS IN YEAR 8

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations and pre-tests

Entrance examinations and pre-tests will take place on Saturday 9 or Saturday 16 November. Examinations will comprise an online test of Maths, English and General Knowledge, a Non-Verbal Reasoning test and a written English paper.  

If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us prior to the examinations and provide us with any supporting information, e.g. Educational Psychologist's report, to enable us to make the necessary arrangements.

Specimen papers are not available for this test and no preparation is necessary.   

Interviews

Candidates who meet our academic requirements in the entrance examinations will be invited for interview  on Saturday 11 January 2020.  Candidates will have an individual interview with a member of staff and will also take part in some small group activities.  The interview allows us to find out more about your child, their hobbies and interests and how they think.   Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a report from your child's current school. The school report is an integral part of our assessment for each candidate and provides us with a wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact the Head of your child's current school for more information.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Overseas Candidates

Candidates applying from overseas who are unable to attend the entrance examinations at Freemen's in November, may be able to sit the exams at their current school, at an approved agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you wish to sit overseas.

offers of places 

Decision letters will usually be sent by post during the first week of February. 

You will receive one of the following decisions:

  • an unconditional offer (current Year 8 applicants only) OR a conditional offer subject to securing an average of 60% in Common Entrance Exams in Year 8 (Year 6 and Year 7 Pre-Test applicants only
  • a place on the waiting list 
  • a decline (you will be asked if you would like to sit again for a future year. If you sit the pre-tests you can sit again in Year 7 and Year 8)

Feedback

We regret, given the large number of applicants, that we are unable to give feedback on examination results. 

ACCEPTING A PLACE

Once we have sent your offer, you will have until the first week of March to make your decision.

If you choose to accept the place, we will ask you to confirm your decision by return of a signed acceptance form, acceptance deposit and completed medical questionnaire. 

We will then send you a link to the New Starter Pack, usually in May or June.This has all the information you need before starting with us. 

In June, we will invite all new starters to a taster day, so that they can meet the rest of their class and their teacher. We also invite all new parents to join us in the evening for a reception where you will have the opportunity to meet your child's Head of Year and class teachers, and to meet with other new parents. 

Then you will be ready to start in September. Over the summer, parents often set up activities and events for you and your children to meet before term starts and our parents' association, the Freemen's School Association (FSA) hold a welcome coffee morning on the first day of school once you have dropped your child off.

Scholarships and Bursaries 

Bursaries

Freemen's is committed to providing academically able students, whose parents may not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of fees, the opportunity to attend our School.  Bursaries of up to 100% of the fees are available to pupils entering Years 3 (7+), 7 (11+), 9 (13+) and 12 (16+).  Bursaries are awarded based on performance in the entrance examinations and are subject to financial means-testing and annual review.

For further information or to request a Bursary application form, please contact Ms Debbie Bellenger, Head of Admissions (debbie.bellenger@freemens.org)

Scholarships

Freemen's Scholarships are awarded in recognition of excellence, achievement and potential in academic study or music.  They carry considerable prestige for the award holder, but are of limited financial value.  Academic and Music awards are offered on entry to Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and Year 12 (16+).  They are available to both external candidates and to current Freemen's pupils. For further detailed information please see below.  

13+ Academic Scholarships are available to pupils seeking entry to Year 9 and to current Freemen’s pupils in Year 8 on transition to Year 9

Following the 13+ entrance examinations and interviews (external candidates) or by invitation (internal candidates), a small selection of candidates will be invited to take the Freemen's Scholarship examinations.

Specimen papers are not available

Date of Scholarship Exams:   16 January 2020

Examination Fee:   £50 (external and internal candidates)

13+ Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are available to pupils seeking entry to Year 9 and to current Freemen's pupils in Year 8 on transition to Year 9.  Applicants must have reached Grade 5 in their first instrument and be able to offer a second study/voice.

Candidates must meet the academic requirements for entry to the School.  In addition, candidates will be invited to an audition and interview with the Director of Music, comprising:

  • three contrasting pieces on their first instrumental study lasting in total at least eight minutes
  • two pieces on their second instrumental study (which can include singing)
  • a sight reading test on their first study
  •  a series of aural tests assessing musical memory and creativity
  • questions on their pieces, musical experiences and aspirations

Application Deadline: 15 October 2019

Date of Music Scholarship auditions:  10 January 2020

Audition Fee: £50 (external and internal candidates)

Apply for a Music Scholarship

Candidates are recommended to bring an accompanist with whom they have played before. If this is not possible we can supply an accompanist who will be available for 5-10 minutes before the audition time. If you are likely to require an accompanist, please email our Music Administrator, Mrs Grover, via sgrover@freemens.org once you have submitted your application in the Autumn term. You will also need to forward to her a copy of your child’s music.

Candidates for Music Scholarships can contact the Director of Music via pdodds@freemens.org or on 01372 822449 for further information on the Music Awards. 

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Admissions FAQs

We know that you will have a lot of questions when choosing a school. We are always happy to answer your questions. You can call us directly on 01372 822423 or you can email admissions@freemens.org.  Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently. (Click on the small red arrows to reveal the answers.)  

 

Deferring entry
 

Finally, if you would not like to confirm entry for the entrance examinations in November, please complete the following form to indicate whether you wish the candidate to be considered for entry in the future.

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