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I've Registered for 8+ (Year 4)

Thank you for registering for Year 4

Below we set out the process for what happens next when applying for Year 4 (8+). Click on the arrows next to the headings to find out more about the different aspects of applying to Year 4. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 01372 822423 or email 

Key Dates for applying for Year 4 (8+)

Date Description
November- January  We will request a confidential report from current school


(11 January 2020 or 

reserve exam 15 January 2020)

Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning plus Interview (usually on the day of the entrance 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

We want to make the application process as simple as possible. We have a five step journey:

Picture of City of London Freemen's School Admissions Journey


Phase 2: Entrance Assessments timings and guidelines


Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations will take place on the first Saturday of term in January. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on a few days later. 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 4 (8+)
Registration 8:30am
Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper 30 minutes
Mathematics Paper 50 minutes
English Paper 75 minutes
Collection 1:45pm
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 (75 minutes), Maths (50 minutes) and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (30 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. 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 will be given an interview. 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.


There are two English papers.  One will test reading comprehension and the other one will be a piece of creative writing in which grammar, punctuation and the wide use of descriptive vocabulary will be assessed. 


Children will be tested on concepts linked to the year 3 National Curriculum.

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 5 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 new starters for a taster morning, 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.)  


Deferring Entry 

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