Skip to content ↓

Year 10 (14+) Entry

Girls Playing Cricket

Year 10, or Upper 5, is an important year as it is the start of GCSEs.

Year 10 is not a key entry point into the school and we will only accept applications for entry if we have places available.  Please check with the Admissions Team before registering as the registration fee is non-refundable.



For Year 10 (14+) entry we consider three things:

  • Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics, General Knowledge and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Activities and Interviews: group activities followed by a one-to-one interview 
  • A confidential report form your child's current school


Key Dates for applying for Year 10 (14+)

Date Description
May, September and October                         Open Events 
15 October (when child is Year 9)                                Deadline to apply
November Online assessments in English, Mathematics, General Knowledge and Non-Verbal Reasoning. We will contact you with a date and time once you have registered.
November- January  We will request a confidential report from current school



Interviews and Activities. Once we have reviewed the exam results, we will invite you in for a two hour slot. There will be two 30-minute interviews: one individual and one group. There will also be a carousel of activities to enjoy.


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


HOW TO Apply 

The deadline to apply is 15 October when your child is in Year 9.  To apply, complete the online registration form and send in your £100 fee. By completing the online registration, you have automatically entered your child into the Entrance Exams. You can download a Registration Form if you prefer.

Once we have received notification of your registration and fee, we will send you an acknowledgement detailing what happens next, including draft times for the entrance assessments. 

entrance assessments


Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

Entrance examinations will take place on Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 November. Examinations will comprise an online test of Maths, English, General Knowledge and Non-Verbal Reasoning and a written English paper.  

If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us prior to the examinations and provide us with any supporting information, e.g. Educational Psychologist's report, to enable us to make the necessary arrangements on the day of the examinations.

Specimen papers are not available for this test and no preparation is necessary.   


Candidates who meet our academic requirements in the entrance examinations will be invited for interview  on Saturday 11 January 2020.  Candidates will have an individual interview with a member of staff and will also take part in some small group activities.  The interview allows us to find out more about your child, their hobbies and interests and how they think.   Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a report from your child's current school. The school report is an integral part of our assessment for each candidate and provides us with a wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact the Head of your child's current school for more information.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Overseas Candidates

Candidates applying from overseas who are unable to attend the entrance examinations at Freemen's in November, may be able to sit the exams at their current school, at an approved agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you wish to sit overseas.


offers of places 

Decision letters will  be sent by post in 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.

When you accept your place, we will ask for a £1,000 deposit from day pupils or a term's fees for boarders: £500 (day) and £1000 (Boarders) will be held until the final account is due. The remaining 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 day, 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.)