13+ and Senior School Entry

Senior School consists of:

  • Year 9 or ‘Shell’ – (age 13-14)
  • Year 10 or ‘Remove’ – (age 14-15)
  • Fifth Form – (age 15-16)

Admission into the Senior School is normally at age 13 into Year 9 or age 16 into the Lower Sixth Form. Students may also gain entry into Year 10, the Fifth Form and occasionally the Upper Sixth if suitable and when places are available. Entry is subject to an interview, school reports and reference from their present school. In addition, all applicants are required to sit an entrance assessment.

Year 9 (13+)

Our Admissions process for Year 9 entry comprises an academic pre-test, a meeting with the Head of Senior School  (or a member of the Senior Academic team), school report and a school reference. Candidates attending a Prep School are required to sit the ISEB online Common Pre-test in English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning  and Non Verbal Reasoning. The test is taken at their Prep School. Those who are not studying at a Prep School either in the UK or abroad are to sit an entrance assessment in English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning.

13+ Entry 2023

If you are interested in 2023 entry, please contact the Registrar regarding late place availability.

13+ Entry to Year 9 2024+

The application process for 13+ entry in September 2024 is in Year 6.

Parents are required to visit the College and register in Year 5 or early in Year 6. Registered candidates are then asked to sit the ISEB online Pre-Test at their prep school in the Michaelmas term of Year 6.
We request your first visit to be at an Open MorningOct, March and May
Two most recent school reports are requested. Any specific learning or other requirements that your child has must be submitted at this timePrior to individual visit
Individual visit includes Headmaster meeting, admissions meeting and tour with a senior member of staffWednesday and Friday mornings during term time
ISEB online test pre-selectionOct 2021 - Dec 2021
References requested from the Head of current school.
Pre-selection decision made.
December 2021 - January 2022
Ardingly Assessment and Activity Day - selected candidates only, based on ISEB online pre-test, school reports and references.
February 2022
Offers and Acceptance

Students who are not in the prep school system and/or who are applying outside these dates will be asked to visit the College to meet the Headmaster and/or senior staff and to sit an entrance assessment.

Year 10 and 11

Admission into Year 10 or the Fifth Form is via written assessments in English, Mathematics and Science. We also require a school report and reference from the student’s previous school.