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Year 12 (16+) Entry

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The Sixth Form at Freemen’s is special. You will be asked to take risks during your time with us both academically and mentally.

We hope that you will tackle the challenges set before you with purpose and a positive attitude. You will make life-long friends and we hope that in two years’ time you will not only take with you some great memories of your time in the Sixth Form but also that you will feel more confident in tackling the challenges that life will throw at you. 


For Year 12 (16+) entry we consider four things:

  • Your predicted GCSE results (if you are studying eight or more GCSEs) ​​​​​​OR Entrance Exams in English, Mathematics, General Knowledge, Non-Verbal Reasoning and the A Level subjects you intend to study (if you are studying less than eight GCSEs) 
  • a Sixth Form questionnaire
  • an interview 
  • a confidential report form your current school

Below we set out the process for applying for Year 12 (16+). Click on the arrows next to the headings to find out more about the different aspects of applying to Year 12. 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 12 (16+)

Date Description
 May, September and October                           Open Events (Including Sixth Form Open Evening in September)
15 October (when child is in Year 11)                                                     Deadline to apply (although we recommend applying earlier where possible)
November Online assessments for applicants who are NOT sitting eight or more GCSEs. 
November 16+ Music Auditions
November 16+ Academic Scholarship Exams

We will request a confidential report from current school. We are not able to receive reports until 1 November. 


December We are not able to make conditional offers until 1 December. The deadline to accept is usually the start of the Christmas Holidays.



If you have sat the Entrance Assessments, we will invite you in for interviews.


February (first week) Exam Decision letters are sent 
March (first week) Deadline to accept offers from Exams 
August GCSE Results day. Contact us with your results to confirm your place.
September Start at Freemen's

We want to make the application process as simple as possible. We have five simple steps:

Infographic of Sixth Form Admissions Process


Phase 2: Apply 

The deadline to apply is 15 October when your child is in Year 11.  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 a link to the Sixth Form Questionnaire the student will need to complete.

Phase 2: GCSEs or Entrance assessments

Infographic of Sixth Form Admissions


If you are sitting eight or more GCSEs, you will not need to sit entrance exams. Your offer will be conditional on your GCSE results. We require a minimum of  55 points across 10 GCSE subjects. We will only accept grade 5 and above in all subjects and pupils must meet the subject specific requirements for their subject choices at A level. A Drama grade will be converted. 

In addition, some A Level subjects have minimum grades for you to reach before you can be admitted onto the course. These are listed in the A level Options Booklet. We will also put all the requirements in your offer letter. If on GCSE results day, you do not achieve the grades specified, contact the Admissions Team. It may be that we can still admit you to the Sixth Form, but you may need to change one of your subject choices.


If you are not taking eight or more GCSEs, we will ask you to sit papers before entry in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • General Knowledge
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning 
  • the A level subjects you wish to study

We are changing the way we do entrance assessments for Year 7 and above. We will shortly be contacting anyone who has registered or enquired for a place and we will be telling local feeder schools.  

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


Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations are scheduled to take place in November. Once you have registered, we will allocate you with an exam date and time. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Arrival and Registration  
Online assessments 2 hours  
Break (Snack & Drink) 20 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Break 5 minutes
English Written Exercise 30 minutes

Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. 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.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  


Interviews will take place in January (dates to be confirmed) and will be by invitation only. There will be an hour of group activities where your child will be asked to take part in various task followed by a one-on-one interview to find out more about your child. Questions include things like what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head 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.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place in November. 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.

English 16+ (Total 60 marks)  

Comprehension: You will be tested on how well you read and understand both implicit and explicit meanings from an extract of approximately 1500 words. (40 marks)  
Punctuation: You will be given a longer paragraph than the 13+ exam without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will be using Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (12 marks)  
Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings. You will be asked to identify more difficult words and also more in quantity than the 13+ exam from a list that mean or do the same thing. (8 marks)  

Mathematics 16+ (Total 240 marks)  

Number: Surds (simplify and rationalise), Indices (fractional and negative).  
Algebra: Expressions (simplify and expand), Subject of formulae, Simultaneous equations, Quadratics (factorising, solving, completing the square etc.), Linear graphs (straight line equations, parallel and perpendicular), Algebraic Fractions (adding and simplifying).  

General Knowledge 16+ (60 marks)  

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom

Phase 3: offer 

The earliest date we can send offer letters (for candidates whose offer is conditional on GCSE results) is 1st December,  but the date will depend on when we receive your school report and when we are able to schedule your interview. 

In addition, your offer will contain the grades you need to achieve to be eligible to study your chose A level Subjects. For example, you will need a 7 in GCSE Biology and a 5 in GCSE Mathematics to study Biology at A Level.

You may be offered a place on the Waiting List. If this is the case we will make it clear in the offer letter what this means.

Decision letters (for candidates sitting the Entrance Exams) will usually be sent by post the first week of February. In 2020, decision letters will be sent by 1st February 2020


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

Phase 4: Accept and Phase 5: Join

Once we have sent your offer, you will have until the Christmas holidays or three to four weeks after  the offer 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. 

Then you will be ready to start in September. We usually dedicate the first day for induction for all the Sixth Form.

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.)