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Year 4 (8+) Entry

Year 4, or as we call it Lower 2, is an exciting year where there are many new skills to be learned, experiences to be had and knowledge to be gleaned.

We will only accept applications for Year 4 (8+) entry into the school if we have spaces in that year.  Please check with the Admissions Team before registering as the registration fee is non-refundable.


For Year 4 (8+) entry we consider three things:

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

Below we set out the process for applying for Year 4 (8+).  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 4 (8+)

Date Description
May, September and October  Open Events
8 October (when child is in Year 3)  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 Induction Day for all new pupils and welcome evening for new parents
September Start at Freemen's


how to apply

To apply for a place, simply complete the online Registration Form and pay the £200 fee. The deadline to apply is 8 October prior to the year of entry (eg 8 October 2022 for September 2023 entry) 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 entrance procedure comprises three main elements: examination, interview and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

The assessments will take place on 10 December 2022. We will send more detailed information nearer the time.

Candidates will sit papers in English, Maths and Non-verbal Reasoning. The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. 

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.

All children at this age group will be given an interview. 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 December. 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. 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.


There are two English papers. One will test reading comprehension and the other one will be a piece of creative writing in which grammar, punctuation and the wide use of descriptive vocabulary will be assessed. 


Children will be tested on concepts linked to the Year 3 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, acceptance deposit and completed medical questionnaire. 

We will then send you a link 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 to a taster morning, 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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