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I've Registered for 7+ (Year 3)

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



Bursary applications can be started before you are given an offer - and we strongly encourage you to begin the process early - but cannot be submitted until a pupil has received an offer of a place from the Headmaster. This is likley to be at the very beginning of February. You will have a very short time from receiving the offer letter to the deadline for submitting the application. 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.

Deferring Entry

Finally, if you would not like to confirm entry for the entrance examinations in January, please email the Admissions Team if you wish to be considered in the future at 

Phase 2: 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 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. 

Phase 2: Entrance Assessments timings and guidelines


Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on 15th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Proposed Year Year 3 (7+)
Registration 9:30 am / 9:45am
Mathematics Paper 40 minutes
English Paper 45 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Collection 12:30pm
Please note the order and timings are subject to change. We will send confirmation nearer the date.

Those students that require additional time may have different start times. 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.

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

During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in English (30 minutes), Maths (45 minutes) and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (30 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests.  The whole procedure should take about two hours.  For these tests children should bring a pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener.  They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.

All children at this age group are asked to come for interview on a weekday soon after the entrance tests.  At interview the children will be asked to read aloud from a passage selected by the School, answer questions on this passage, and to converse about their interests, likes and dislikes.  The interview will be approached as a conversation and not simply as a question and answer session.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  However, it is suggested that parents and teachers explain the concept of completing a task within a set time limit.


The English paper assesses the pupils' ability to write creatively demonstrating ability to structure their writing effectively.  Grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary will be marked according to levels expected of a Year 2 pupil.


The Mathematics paper will contain questions on place value, problem solving using addition and subtraction, simple multiplication and division (e.g. 2x, 5x and 10x tables) as well as some simple problems on time, money, measuring, number patterns, handling data and simple fractions.

No sample papers will be available and the above guidance is the only information circulated to schools and parents.

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
  • 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 (eg Year 4 if space)


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: £500 will be held until the final account is due. £500 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 of Form 1 for a taster afternoon, 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.

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  Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently. (Click on the small red arrows to reveal the answers.)  


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