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I've Registered for 13+ (Year 9)

Thank you for registering. You have moved onto Phase 2 and 3 of the Admissions Journey.

Infographic of the Admissions Journey for City of London Freemen's School Surrey


What's next?

Thank you for registering. We will be in touch if we have not already been with a date for the assessments.


School Report

We will request a school report from your child’s current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know them a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child's current Head for more information.

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


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

Phase 2: Year 6 Pre-test for year 9 entrance assessments 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 6

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations are scheduled to take place between 9th and 16th November. Once you have registered, we will allocate you with an exam date and time. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break (Drink & Snack) 20 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Break 5 minutes
Written English Exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020 and will be by invitation only. There will be two interviews to find out more about your child. One will be a group interview, where they will be asked to do a task. And the second will be an individual interview to find out a little more about your child, what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head 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.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 9th – 16th November 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

English 11+ (Total 60 marks)

Comprehension: Candidates will be asked to read a short extract from a book and then answer a series of multiple-choice questions about what they have read. (32 marks)

Punctuation: They will be given a short paragraph without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will only be using the most common ones – Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (24 marks)

Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings and candidates will be asked to identify various words from a list that mean or do the same thing. (4 marks)

Mathematics 11+ (Total 298 marks)

Number: Operations (multiply, divide, add and subtract), Fractions (simplify, add, subtract, multiply), Decimals (add, subtract, multiply, rounding), Negatives (add, subtract, divide, multiply), Percentages.

Shape: Perimeter, Area (triangles, rectangles), Angles (triangles).

Data: Probability.

General Knowledge 11+ (Total 60 marks)

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom.

There will also be a short written English Exercise.

We do not have sample papers for Non-Verbal Reasoning. These can be found at most retailers. 

Phase 2: year 7 pre-test for year 9 guidelines
 

 The entrance procedure is comprised of three main elements: tests, interviews and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 7

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations are scheduled to take place between 9th and 16th November. Once you have registered, we will allocate you with an exam date and time. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break (Snack & drink) 20 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Break 5 minutes
Written English Exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020 and will be by invitation only. There will be two interviews to find out more about your child. One will be a group interview, where they will be asked to do a task. And the second will be an individual interview to find out a little more about your child, what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head 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.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 9th – 16th November 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

English 11+ (Total 60 marks)

Comprehension: Candidates will be asked to read a short extract from a book and then answer a series of multiple-choice questions about what they have read. (32 marks)

Punctuation: They will be given a short paragraph without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will only be using the most common ones – Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (24 marks)

Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings and candidates will be asked to identify various words from a list that mean or do the same thing. (4 marks)

Mathematics 11+ (Total 298 marks)

Number: Operations (multiply, divide, add and subtract), Fractions (simplify, add, subtract, multiply), Decimals (add, subtract, multiply, rounding), Negatives (add, subtract, divide, multiply), Percentages.

Shape: Perimeter, Area (triangles, rectangles), Angles (triangles).

Data: Probability.

General Knowledge 11+ (Total 60 marks)

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom.

There will also be a short written English exercise.

We do not have sample papers for Non-Verbal Reasoning. These can be found at most retailers. 

Phase 2: Entrance Assessments timings Current Year 8
 

The entrance procedure is comprised of three main elements: tests, interviews and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 8

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations are scheduled to take place between 9th and 16th November. Once you have registered, we will allocate you with an exam date and time. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break 20 minutes
Written English Exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020 and will be by invitation only. There will be two interviews to find out more about your child. One will be a group interview, where they will be asked to do a task. And the second will be an individual interview to find out a little more about your child, what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head 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.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 9th – 16th November 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.


English 13+ (Total 35 marks)  

Comprehension: You will be asked to read two extracts which are each approximately 300 words long and answer multiple choice questions about them. (22 marks)  
 
Punctuation: You will be given a short paragraph without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will be using Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (6 marks)  
 
Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings. You will be asked to identify several more words than the 11+ exam from a list that mean or do the same thing. (7 marks)  
 

Mathematics 13+ (Total 316 marks)  

Number: Decimals (add, subtract, multiply and divide), Fractions (add, subtract, multiply and divide (including mixed numbers), Lowest common multiples, Highest common factors, Prime factors, Percentages, Converting between fractions and decimals, Standard form.  
 
Algebra: Collecting like terms, Expanding algebraic brackets, Factorising, Substitution of variables, Solving linear equations, Linear graphs (gradient, y-intercept and line equations).  
 
Shape: Perimeter, Area and Surface Area, Volume, Polygons (interior/exterior angles, sum  of interior angles etc.)  


General Knowledge 13+ (Total 60 marks)  

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom.  

There will also be a written English exercise.

We do not have sample papers for Non-Verbal Reasoning. These can be found at most retailers. 

Phase 3: offer 

Decision letters will usually be sent by post the first week of February. In 2020, decision letters will be sent by 1st February 2020

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 (if your child is offered a place on the waiting list, we will make it clear what this means)
  • 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. 

Phase 4: Accept and Phase 5: Join
 

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

When you accept your place, we will ask for a £1,000 deposit from day pupils or a term's fees for boarders: £500 (day) and £1000 (Boarders) will be held until the final account is due. The remaining will be offset against the first term’s fees. We will then send you links 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 for a taster day, so that they can meet the rest of their class and their teacher. That evening, we also invite all new parents in for a welcome evening and a chance to meet the Head of Year, the class teachers, current parents and the new parents joining that year.

Then you will be ready to start in September. Over the summer, parents usually set up activities and bonding events for you to meet 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

Bursary awards can be applied for once a pupil has received an offer of a place from the Headmaster. The application process will include a detailed financial assessment. Any award is subject to the pupil meeting the entry requirements of the School and an annual financial re-assessment. 

Scholarships

Music and Academic Scholarships are available for candidates entering Year 9 in September 2020. There is no separate application process for Academic Scholarships; ALL candidates for Year 9 entry will be considered on the basis of the entrance examinations and school reports. Those candidates scoring the top marks will be invited back to sit a critical thinking paper on  Saturday 11th January 2020.

Applicants for Music Scholarships must have passed Grade 5 in one instrument and be able to offer a second study/voice. There will be a separate audition which will be arranged by the Director of Music individually with applicants. The audition and interview will be arranged for Friday 10th January 2020 or as soon as possible after that date.  As part of their audition, candidates will be asked to:

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

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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