16+ Boarding

From 2021 we will offer the International Baccalaureate Programme as part of our Sixth Form curriculum. For more details, click here


We assess registered applicants during Year 11. You should inform the head teacher of your son or daughter's present school before submitting your application via the registration form.

Registered applicants will then be invited to be assessed by entrance tests and interviews in the November of Year 11.

Offers of places at 16+ are conditional on applicants achieving our required grades at GCSE or the equivalent foreign examinations. We ask for three 7 grades (or grade A) and above and another three 6 grades (or grade B) and above. These should include English and mathematics and, where applicable, the subjects chosen for IB Higher Level or A-Level. We allocate places on academic merit, considered alongside the potential to contribute to our co-curricular programme.

For girls’ entry, most places are offered in our girls’ sixth form only boarding House, Stanley, but some places may become available in other ‘all years’ girls’ boarding Houses. Boys will be placed in ‘all years’ Houses.


Covid-19 update

We are hoping it will be possible to follow our normal admissions process and timings from September for potential applicants applying for entry in 2022.  For families who will still not be able to travel, or in case we face further Covid restrictions, we will continue to offer opportunities for remote assessment.

The closing date for applications for 16+ entry in September 2022 is Friday 24 September 2021.

Application involves a registration form AND a completed exam form and 16+ questionnaire.

Entrance Examination dates for 2022 entry are - Tuesday 2 or Thursday 4 November 2021

We are pleased to consider later applications by means of a Waiting List Registration form.

NB: For entry in September 2023 and beyond, the closing date will be in September of Year 11 with examinations then in November.