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Year 5 (9+) Entry

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There will be a gradual increase in your child's workload in Year 5. We will support pupils as they become more independent and responsible.

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 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 5 (9+). 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 5 (9+)

Date Description
May, September and October                 Open Events
15 October (when child is in Year 4)     Deadline to apply



Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning and Interview
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


HOW TO Apply 

To apply, simply complete the online Registration Form and pay the £200 fee. The deadline to apply is 15 October in the year prior to entry (eg 15 October 2021 for September 2022 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 is comprised of three main elements: examination, interview and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

The assessments will take place in January. 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 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.  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.


Children will be tested on concepts linked to the Year 4 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 usually be sent by post during the first week of February. 

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 the first week of March 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. (Click on the small red arrows to reveal the answers.)