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Finding the right school for your child is not always easy. At Freemen’s, we know just how stressful this process can be, so we will guide you through every stage of our 5-step Admissions Journey.

Entrance Exams at Freemen's are changing.

At City of London Freemen's School, we always want to get the best from the children in our care. This includes those children that join us for entrance examinations. Over recent years, we have begun to feel that the way we assess the children who want to join the school could be improved.

While we acknowledge it is vitally important that we are able to assess children to ensure that Freemen's is the right school for them, we also want to ensure that the entrance process gives your child or children every opportunity to shine. 

What is changing?
This Autumn, we are introducing 6 big changes to the process. You can see these changes in the image below.

changes to Freemen's Entrance Assessments

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Why are we changing?
We believe that these changes will help us get a clearer indication of a student's potential ability, while reducing as far as possible the need for tutoring. We will have more opportunities to get to know the candidates and importantly they will have more chances to get to know the school better and enjoy themselves while they are doing it.

What is not changing?
There is no change to the process for candidates looking to join in Years 3-6 or for Sixth Form Candidates who are sitting eight or more GCSEs.

What happens next?
In the first instance, you may want to familiarise yourself with the guidance notes about the new online exams below. There is some information about what you are likely to see in tests.

We will also be contacting local feeder schools to make them aware of the changes. 

Infographic admissions journey for City of London Freemen's School

We will consider the following criteria when you make your application:

For Sixth Form Applicants, we consider the following criteria when you make your application:

Sixth Form admissions criteria for City of London Freemen's School


To apply, simply complete the online Registration Form and pay the £100 fee. The deadline to apply is 15 October before you wish to sit the entrance exams (eg 15 October 2019 for January 2020 entrance exams) or if in Year 11, when you wish to apply for Sixth Form. You can download a registration form if you prefer.

Key Admissions dates 

Key Dates for applying to Freemen's

Date Description
May, September, October                                                    Open Events
15 October                                                        Deadline to apply
November Online assessments for applications for Year 7 (11+) to Year 10 (14+) entry and for entry for Sixth Form if not studying eight or more GCSEs
November- January 

We will request a confidential report from current school

16+ Scholarship Exams and Auditions (November)



Entrance Assessments for entry to Year 3 (7+) to Year 6 (10+) and Interviews for all candidates

11+ and 13+ Scholarship Exams and Auditions

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

The application process is the same for each point of entry into the school. To find out what is required for each point of entry, click on the links below:

Applications for other years 

We will accept registrations or other years of entry (Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 8 and Year 10) as long as we have space in that year. We will NOT accept applications for entry into exam classes (Year 11 or Year 13). If you would like to apply, we recommend contacting the Admissions Team first as the registration fee is non-refundable. Contact the team directly at or call 0044 (0) 1372 822423



Open Events




Scholarships and Bursaries