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Year 5 (9+) Entry

Picture of Junior School girls having fun at Freemen's

There will be a gradual increase in your child's workload in Year 5, which we call Upper 2, as he/she progresses from the previous year. We will support pupils as they become more independent and responsible, for example remembering what to take home and bring to school. 

We will only accept applications for Year 5 (9+) 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 5 (9+) entry we consider three things:

  • Entrance Assessments 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 5 (9+). Click on the arrows next to the headings to find out more about the different aspects of applying to Year 5. 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 5 (9+)

Date Description
May, September and October                                                  Open Events
15 October (when child is in Year 4)                                                            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 on the day of the entrance exams)
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


Phase 2: Apply 

The deadline to apply is 15 October when your child is in Year 4.  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 14th 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 5 (9+)
Registration 8:30am
Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper 40 minutes
Mathematics Paper 45 minutes
English Paper 85 minutes
Collection 1:30pm
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 English (70 minutes), Maths (40 minutes) and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (30 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. For these tests children should bring a pen, pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener.  They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.

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 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.


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


The Mathematics paper will include:

  • The 4 rules of number Addition; Division; Multiplication; Subtraction;   } terms associated with these e.g. decrease
  • Multiplying by 10 and 100
  • Fractions – simple identification; fraction of a number e.g. ¼ of 12 = 3
  • Number patterns e.g. _, 12, 12, _, 27, 32
  • Length, mass (weight) and capacity – knowledge of the units
  • Ability to read and interpret a simple graph
  • The examination may well include simple problems using any of the above procedures

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 5 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 new starters for a taster morning, 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.)