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Year 9 (13+) Entry

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In Year 9, or Upper 4, pupils transferring from the Junior School will be joined by a fresh cohort of new students.

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




Pupils applying for Year 9 entry may pre-test in Year 6 or Year 7 or sit the entrance examinations              in Year 8.  

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

  • Entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning;
  • group activities and an 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+)

Date Description
May, September and October              Open Events 
8 October (when child is in Year 6, Year 7 or Year 8)                                Deadline to apply

13 November


Year 6 and Year 7 Pre-test candidates and Year 8 candidates. 
Entrance Assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning, group activities and interviews

26 November 13+ Music Scholarship Auditions
27 November 13+ Academic Scholarship Exams (by invitation)
17 December Decision letters are sent 
31 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, simply complete the online Registration Form pay and the £200 fee. The deadline to apply is 8 October when your child is in Year 6, Year 7 or Year 8. 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  


Entrance Assessments

Entrance assessments will take place on 13 November, if your child is currently in Year 8.

Entrance assessments will take place on 13 November, if your child is currently in Year 6 or Year 7 and taking the pre-test for Year 9. 

 Assessments will comprise written examinations in Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning papers, a carousel of assessed 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 this test and no 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, interests, views and opinions. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, 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.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Overseas Candidates

Candidates applying from overseas who are unable to attend the entrance examinations at Freemen's in November may be able to sit the exams at their current school, at an approved 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 wish to sit overseas.


Decision letters will be sent by email on 17 December.

You will receive one of the following decisions:

  • an unconditional offer (current Year 8 applicants only)
  • a conditional offer subject to securing an average of 60% in Common Entrance Exams in Year 8 (Year 6 and Year 7 Pre-Test applicants only
  • a place on the waiting list 
  • a decline (if you sat the pre-tests but did not receive an offer of a place you may sit again in Year 7 and/or Year 8)


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 day, 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.)