Admissions FAQs

When are your main points of entry?

There are three main points of entry for boys: First Form (Year 7), Third Form (Year 9), and the Lower Sixth (Year 12).  Girls are admitted into the Lower Sixth (Year 12).
Places very occasionally become available in other year groups; please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

How and when do I apply?

For entry to Reed’s in September 2022 at 11+ please submit an online Registration Application together with the £125 non-refundable Registration Fee by Monday, 1st November 2021.

For entry to Reed’s in September 2024 at 13+ please submit an online Registration Form and the non-refundable Registration Fee to the Admissions Office by Monday, 1st November 2021.

For entry to Reed’s in the Sixth Form in September 2022, please submit an online Registration Form together with the £125 non-refundable Registration Fee by Friday 8th October 2021.

For the full details of our application process please visit our Entry Process page.

Can you apply for both 11+ and 13+ entry?

It is not possible to apply to both 11+ and 13+ entry. When you register you need to apply for either 11+ or 13+ as candidates sit entrance exams in Year 6 for both entry points. Unfortunately, in order to manage numbers and class sizes, it is not possible to change the preferred year of entry after the exams have been taken.

What is involved in the entrance exam?

* Please note - the details provided below may be subject to change. For the most up-to-date information please contact the Admissions office.

For Entry at 11+ and 13+, candidates will be examined in the following:

  1. A written cognitive abilities test that primarily comprises multiple choice questions in verbal reasoning, non verbal reasoning, English and Mathematics (75 minutes) which will be split up as follows: Part 1 (Maths and Non Verbal Reasoning - 35 minutes) followed by a 10 minute break then Part 2 (English and Verbal Reasoning - 30 minutes). This test is designed to enable boys to demonstrate their academic ability and potential without the need for coaching or excessive preparation.
  2. A creative writing task based on a picture. (20 minutes) 
  3. An interview with a member of the teaching staff. This is an important part of the application process as it is important that we recognise boys who will flourish in the Reed’s environment. Boys have the opportunity to talk about themselves and their interests. (10 minutes)

For Sixth Form Entry, Candidates will be required to sit an Entry Test. All candidates will be examined in two academic subjects (chosen from those they are currently studying for GCSE/IGCSE and preferably subjects they wish to study at A Level).

The examinations, of one hour each, will be based on the GCSE/IGCSE syllabus and no further study is required beyond what is currently being undertaken for GCSE/IGCSE.

Candidates will also take part in a critical thinking lesson in groups of ten. There will be opportunities for individual responses as well as group work; the 50-minute lesson will end with a summative piece of work which will be assessed alongside the candidate’s approach to the lesson. No revision or content preparation will be required.

Candidates will also be interviewed by a senior member of staff. A reference and predicted grades will be requested from the candidate’s current school.

Do you have sample papers?

It is possible to download an Entrance Exam Question Exemplar for 11+/13+ entry from the website here

Does Reed’s provide a coach/bus service?

Yes, the School provides a number of bus routes – please check the Bus Route page for details of current routes and stops.

Does Reed’s offer scholarships?

Reed’s offers a range of scholarships which are available at 11+, 13+ or Sixth Form entry. The awards are made on the basis of assessments held in the year before entry. Please visit our Scholarships page for further details.

Does Reed’s offer bursaries?

Reed’s is a Foundation School and the only bursaries offered are Foundation Bursaries – please visit our Foundation Applications page for further details.

Is there School on Saturday?

There are no academic lessons on a Saturday, but the majority of sports matches will take place on a Saturday.

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