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Year 3 (7+) Entry

Year 3, or as we call it Form 1, is an extremely fun and exciting year, and your child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of interesting and enjoyable activities both inside and outside the classroom. 

7+ or Year 3 entry is our main intake into the School.  



For Year 3 (7+) entry we consider three things:

  • Entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • A one-to-one interview
  • A confidential report form your child's current school

Below we set out the process for applying for Year 3 (7+). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 01372 822423 or email 

Key Dates for applying for Year 3 (7+)

Date Description
May (when child is in Year 1) Freemen's Fun
October (when child is in Year 2)            Freemen's Fun
8 October (when child is in Year 2)                                                            Deadline to apply



Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and                    Non-Verbal Reasoning and Interview 
December  Decision letters are sent 
January Deadline to accept offers
June / July Induction Day for all new Year 3 pupils and welcome evening for new parents
September Start at Freemen's

how to Apply 

The deadline to apply is 8 October when your child is in Year 2. To apply, complete the online registration form and send in your £200 fee. 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.

Entrance Assessments 

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

Entrance Assessments

The assessments will take place on 10 December 2022.  Further detailed information will be sent nearer the time.

Candidates will sit papers in Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. We will send more detailed information nearer the time.

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.

All candidates will then be invited for interview on a weekday soon after the entrance tests. At interview the children will be asked to read aloud from a passage selected by the School, answer questions on the passage, and to talk about their interests, likes and dislikes.  The interview will be approached as a conversation and we will do our best to put your child at their ease.

Overseas Candidates

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance 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 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.


The English paper assesses the pupils' ability to write creatively demonstrating ability to structure their writing effectively. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary will be marked according to levels expected of a Year 2 pupil.


Children will be tested on concepts linked to the Year 2 National Curriculum.

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

offers of places 

Decision letters will be sent by email on 16 December 2022.

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. 

Accepting a place

Once we have sent your offer, you will have until 31 January 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 and acceptance deposit. 

We will then send you a link to the New Starter Pack, usually in May. This has all the information you need before starting with us. 

In June, we will invite all Year 3 (Form 1) new starters to a taster afternoon, 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. 

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.  Admissions General what are the main points of entry…


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