Senior School Entry (11+ & 13+)

Senior School consists of:

Lower School

  • Year 7 (11-12)
  • Year 8 (age 12-13)
  • Year 9 or ‘Shell’ – (age 13-14) – Lower School

Upper School

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

Admission into the Senior School is normally at age 11 into Year 7, 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 7 (11+)

Our Admission process for Year 7 entry comprises of an Assessment Day. Registered applicants are invited to attend an individual assessment day where they will undertake a number of assessments, have an interview with the Head of Prep School, and have some classroom time with their peers

 DateClosing Date
Aspire to Ardingly Day Saturday 15th January 2022
Friday 26 November 2021
Art ScholarshipMonday 17th January 2022
Drama ScholarshipMonday 17th January 2022
Sport ScholarshipTuesday 18th January 2022
Music ScholarshipTuesday 18th January 2022
Academic Scholarship call backWednesday 19th Jan 2022

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.

Our registry team are always happy to answer any questions you may have and arrange for you to visit. They can be contacted on 01444 893320. Alternatively, please use the form below to register for an Open Morning or arrange a personal visit.

The following dates are guidelines only and are subject to change.