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Year 9 (13+) Entry

In Year 9 our current students are joined by an intake of new pupils.

Year 9 is also the first year that students can join the Boarding House.


For Year 9 (13+) entry we consider three things:

  • Entrance assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning;
  • Small group activities and an individual interview; 
  • A confidential report from your child's current school.

Below we set out the process for applying for Year 9 (13+). 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 9 (13+) 2024 entry

Date Description

May, September, October  

Open Events
1 October 2023 Deadline to apply
4 November 2023

Entrance Assessments for Senior School entry

8-9 November 2023 13+ Music Scholarship Auditions

20 November 2023

13+ Academic Scholarship Exams (by invitation only)

30 November - 1 December 2023

13+ Academic Scholarship Interviews (by invitation only)

Pre-Christmas 2023 Decision letters are sent 

31 January 2024

Deadline to accept offers of places

June / July 2024 Induction Day for all new pupils and welcome evening for new parents
September 2024 Start at Freemen's


HOW TO Apply 

To apply, simply complete the online Registration Form pay and the £200 fee. The deadline to apply is 1 October in the year prior to entry. 

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

Entrance assessments will take place in November 2023, these will comprise written examinations in Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning, some small group activities and an individual interview. We will provide 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.

Specimen papers are not available for these examinations and no prior preparation is necessary.   


Candidates will have an individual interview with a member of staff. The interview allows us to find out more about your child, their hobbies and interests, views and opinions. Interviews for candidates residing overseas will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

School Report

We will request a report from your child's current school. The school report is an integral part of our assessment for each candidate and provides us with a wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact the Head of your child's current school for more information.

Please be aware that we will be unable to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Overseas Candidates

If applicants can attend the assessments at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the entrance assessments in December. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance assessments at their current school, at an approved agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office. Interviews will be arranged via Microsoft Teams. Please indicate on the Registration Form that you wish your child to sit overseas.


Decision letters will be sent by email in mid-December 2023.

You will receive one of the following decisions:

  • An unconditional offer
  • A place on the waiting list 
  • A decline 

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 around Easter time. This has all the information you need before starting with us. 

In June, we will invite all children joining Year 9 (Upper 4) to a taster session, 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

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