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Year 3 (7+) Entry

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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.  We have 60 spaces each year and about 100 pupils will sit assessments for those places.


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

  • Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • an interview 
  • a confidential report from your child's current school

Below we set out the process for applying for Year 3 (7+). Click on the arrows next to the headings to find out more about the different aspects of applying to Year 3. 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 3 (7+)

Date Description
May (when child is in Year 1) Freemen's Fun
October (when child is in Year 2)                                                      Freemen's Fun
15 October (when child is in Year 2)                                                            Deadline to apply
November- January  We will request a confidential report from current school



Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning plus Interview (usually one week after the exam date)
February (first week) Decision letters are sent 
March (first week) Deadline to accept offers
June Induction Day for all new Year 3 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


Phase 1: Discover Year 3 at Freemen's Fun 

The best way to find out if Freemen's is the right school for you and for your child is to join us for Freemen's Fun. This is a fun afternoon, where children can try out different activities and get to know the Junior School and some of the teachers, while you meet with the Head of The Junior School, the Admissions Team and current parents.

We run Freemen's Fun twice a year, so you have double the opportunity for your child to explore Freemen's:

  • May: for children currently in Year 1
  • October: for children currently in Year 2

To find out about the next Freemen's Fun and to book your child's place and activities, click on the button below

Phase 2: Apply 

The deadline to apply is 15 October when your child is in Year 2.  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. 

Phase 2: Entrance Assessments timings and guidelines


Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on 15th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Proposed Year Year 3 (7+)
Registration 9:30 am / 9:45am
Mathematics Paper 40 minutes
English Paper 45 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Collection 12:30pm
Please note the order and timings are subject to change. We will send confirmation nearer the date.

Those students that require additional time may have different start times. 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.

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

During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in Maths (30 minutes), English (30 mins)  and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (40 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests.  The whole procedure should take about two hours.  For these tests children should bring a pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener.  They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.

All children at this age group are asked to come 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 this passage, and to converse about their interests, likes and dislikes.  The interview will be approached as a conversation and not simply as a question and answer session.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in January. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at your agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 10th – 16th January 2020. 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.

Phase 3: offer 

Decision letters will usually be sent by post the first week of February. In 2020, decision letters will be sent by  1st February 2020

You will receive one of the following decisions:

  • an unconditional offer
  • a place on the waiting list (if your child is offered a place on the waiting list, we will make it clear what this means)
  • a decline (you will be asked if you would like to sit again for a future year (eg Year 4 if space)


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

Phase 4: Accept and Phase 5: Join

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: £500 will be held until the final account is due. £500 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 of Form 1 for a taster afternoon, 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.)  


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