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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.)

 

Admissions General

when ARE YOUr MAIN points of entry? 

There are four main points of entry into Freemen's each September:

  • 7+ or Year 3 entry
  • 11+ or Year 7 entry
  • 13+ or Year 7 entry
  • 16+ or Year 7 entry 

We will consider applications for other years if we have space. We will not invite your child to sit for an entrance assessment, unless we know we have spaces in that year. If we do not have spaces, we will add you to our database and contact you should a space become available?

do pupils need to sit entrance assessments?
 

Yes, as we are a selective school, most years will need to sit entrance assessments,. Those applying for Sixth Form who are studying 8 or more GCSEs will be considered based on their predicted grades, a current school report and their interview.  

The admissions criteria is as below:

Picture of City of London Freemen's Admissions Criteria

Picture of Sixth Form Admissions Criteria

 

How do we apply? 

To apply, you need to download the registration form and return with the £100 registration fee. The fee can be paid by bank transfer or with a cheque.  Here are the bank details:

Bank Details

The preferred method of payment to the School is via bank transfer. 

To make a BACS payment, please use our bank details below.

Prospective Parents: Please include your child’s name as the payment reference.
Current Parents: Please use pupil/parent reference as shown on your invoice as the payment reference.
Account Name: City of London Freemen’s School Fees Account
Account No: 00070500
Sort Code: 30-00-02
IBAN: GB04LOYD30000200070500
SWIFT CODE: LOYDGB2LCTY

 

Apply

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 2018 for January 2019 entrance exams) or if in Year 11, when you wish to apply for Sixth Form. You can download a registration form if you prefer.

What exactly will you be considering when making offers? 

We consider three things: the entrance assessments or predicted GCSE grades, a report from your current school and interviews.

When is the deadline to apply? 

The deadline to apply is 15th October before you wish to sit the entrance assessments. This is usually the year before you want to join the school. If you are applying for pre-tests for Year 9 in Year 6 or Year 7, it will be the October your child joins Year 6 or Year 7. 

You can register at any time before this date.  The registration fee is non-refundable.

Can my child join during the academic year? 

Usually, we only take new students in September, particularly into exam classes. On occasion, we will take students at other points during the year. To find out if your child might be considered, please contact the Admissions Team directly on 0044 (0)1372 822423.  

What are the fees?
 

The fees for 2018-19 are

Registration Fee

£100 for all applicants.

Deposit

Day

A £1,000 deposit is payable to confirm a pupil’s place. £500 will be held until the final account is due. The remaining £500 will be offset against the first term’s fees.

Boarders

We require a full term’s fees as deposit for boarding pupils. £1,000 will be held until the final account is due. The remainder will be offset against the first term’s fees.

The 2018/19 school fees are:

Year 3 (7+) – Year 6 (10+) (Day only)

£4,466 per term, exclusive of school lunches

Year 7 (11+) – Year 8 (12+) (Day only)

£4,914 per term, exclusive of school lunches

Year 9 (13+) – Year 11 (15+)

Day:
£6,081 per term, exclusive of school lunches

Weekly Boarder:
£9,302 per term, inclusive of school lunches

Full Boarder: 
£10,260 per term, inclusive of school lunches

Year 12 (16+) - Year 13 (17+)

Day:
£6,093 per term, exclusive of school lunches

Weekly Boarder:
£9,319 per term, inclusive of school lunches

Full Boarder: 
£10,272 per term, inclusive of school lunches

Flexi / Ad Hoc Boarding

Flexi and Ad Hoc boarding is available subject to availability.

£240 for 4 nights’ flexi boarding

£300 for 5 nights’ flexi boarding

£60 for 1 night Ad Hoc boarding

Additional Fees

Year 3 (7+) – Year 4 (8+)

£218 per term for school lunches

£229 per term for music lessons

£30 per term for instrument hire

Year 5 (9+) – Year 13 (17+)

£243 per term for school lunches. (Lunches are included in the fees for boarding students.)

£229 per term for music lessons

£30 per term for instrument hire

Other Fees

The cost of educational trips, public examination entry fees (e.g. GCSE, A Levels), English as an Additional Language, transport to school and other extras will be notified to you and added to your invoice in the relevant term.

Fees are payable on the first day of each term.

The fees are normally reviewed by the Governors on an annual basis and any changes announced in the summer term.

Entrance Exams

do we have to sit the exams at the school? 

No, if you live too far away, then we can usually arrange for the exams to be sat at your current school, your agent's office or at a British Council. We will then interview over FaceTime or Skype.

What happens if we have a clash with another school's exams?
 

We have a reserve exam date the week after the main exam date. For Year 4 to Year 6 entry the Entrance exams usually take place on the first Saturday of term in January. For 2019 entry, this will be Saturday 12 January 2019. We will hold the reserve exam on Thursday 17 January 2019.  You will be asked to choose which date you prefer once you register.   For Year 7 and above, exams will take place in November between the 5th-17th November 2019.

When will we hear the results? 

We aim to get responses out as soon as possible, but you will have a response by the first week of February. We will send these by first class post. If you are applying for Sixth Form,  the earliest that we can send offers is the 1st December.

If my child is not offered a place, can they sit again next year? 

Yes, they will be able to sit again next year providing there are still spaces to fill and you are not looking for a place in an exam year (e.g. Year 11).

How long will I have to accept, if my child is offered a place? 

If you are offered a place, you will have until the first week in March to accept. Full details of how to accept will be included in the offer letter.

Will we be able to get feedback on the entrance assessments? 

We regret, given the large number of applicants, that we are unable to give useful and constructive feedback, so we do not provide any feedback on examination results.

School Life

What time does school start and finish? 

School starts at 8:35am and finishes at 4pm, although there are often activities and clubs that go on later after school.

There is also a homework club until 6pm. There is no breakfast club as yet.

For older pupils, there is day boarding, which enables students to join the boarders for dinner and do their homework in the Boarding House until 8:45pm.  

There is additional cost for homework club and day boarding. 

Do you have Saturday School? 

No, there is no Saturday school. We do have sports fixtures on Saturdays and children will be expected to play depending on what age they are and which team they are part of.