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Key Dates for applying for Year 5 (9+)

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


entrance assessments


Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

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

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 14th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time.

During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in English (70 minutes), Maths (40 minutes) and complete a Non-Verbal Reasoning test (30 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. 

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.

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.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in January. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at your 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 10th – 16th January 2020. 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.

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 grammar, punctuation, spelling and comprehension and the other one will be a piece of creative writing in which structure of writing and a wide use of descriptive vocabulary will be assessed.


The Mathematics paper will include:

  • The 4 rules of number: Addition; Division; Multiplication; Subtraction; terms associated with these e.g. decrease
  • Multiplying by 10 and 100
  • Fractions – simple identification; fraction of a number e.g. ¼ of 12 = 3
  • Number patterns e.g. _, 12, 12, _, 27, 32
  • Length, mass (weight) and capacity – knowledge of the units
  • Ability to read and interpret a simple graph
  • The examination may well include simple problems using any of the above procedures

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


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
  • a place on the waiting list 
  • a decline 


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


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 morning, 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.

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 

If you would like to defer your application to another year group or would like to withdraw the candidate from our lists, please complete the following form:

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