Entry Process

Entry Process

Prospective pupils are considered for entry for day and boarding places at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form.

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 occasionally become available in other year groups; please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

Admissions Policy

To read our full Admissions Policy please click on the relevant link within our Policies Page

The steps involved in our entry process are shown below for the relevant entry points.

ENTRY AT 11+

Details for entry in 2023 are shown in the steps below. For entry in future years, registration can be made at any time. 


APPLICATION

Applications for 11+ entry in September 2022 have now closed.For entry to Reed’s in September 2023 at 11+, please submit an online Registration Application together with the £125 non-refundable Registration Fee by Tuesday, 1st November 2022.


ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Candidates will sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests. The ISEB Common Pre-Tests comprise multiple choice questions which are taken online and are age standardised.  They take about two-and-a-half hours to complete (English 25 minutes, Mathematics 50 minutes, non-verbal reasoning 32 minutes, verbal reasoning 36 minutes).

All candidates for 11+ entry in 2023 will complete the tests between Monday 14th November and Monday 12th December 2022. Candidates must only sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests once each academic year. If a candidate is sitting the tests for more than one school the results are provided to all schools to which the candidate has applied. The tests may be taken at a candidate’s school if the school are happy to invigilate the tests.

Further information about the ISEB Pre-Tests can be found on the following link: https://www.iseb.co.uk/assessments/common-pre-tests/cpt-for-families and a familiarisation test can be found on the following link: https://testwise.testingforschools.com/tests/player-demo-iseb/#/

Following the closing date on 1st November 2022, we will be writing to the applicant’s current School to ask for a report.


INTERVIEW

All candidates will have an online interview on Wednesday 4th January 2023. The interview will consist of questions about hobbies, interests and may also include some academic questions of a general nature.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Initial Sports Scholarship assessments will be held during the week commencing 28th November 2022.

Art, Drama and Music Scholarship Assessments will take place on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

There is no need to apply for an Academic Scholarship. Candidates who perform outstandingly well in the academic entry tests will be invited back for a Scholarship Interview with the Headmaster.

MORE DETAILS ON SCHOLARSHIPS


RESULTS

Thursday 2nd February 2023: Results letters will be posted.

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s by Monday 6th March 2023.

 

ENTRY AT 13+

Details for entry in 2025 are shown in the steps below. For entry in future years, registration can be made at any time. 


APPLICATION

For entry to Reed’s in September 2025 at 13+, please submit an online Registration Form together with the £125 non-refundable Registration Fee by Tuesday, 1st November 2022.


ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Candidates will sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests. The ISEB Common Pre-Tests comprise multiple choice questions which are taken online and are age standardised.  They take about two-and-a-half hours to complete (English 25 minutes, Mathematics 50 minutes, non-verbal reasoning 32 minutes, verbal reasoning 36 minutes).

All candidates for 13+ entry in 2025 will complete the tests between Monday 14th November and Monday 12th December 2022. Candidates must only sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests once each academic year. If a candidate is sitting the tests for more than one school the results are provided to all schools to which the candidate has applied. The tests may be taken at a candidate’s school if the school are happy to invigilate the tests.

Further information about the ISEB Pre-Tests can be found on the following link: https://www.iseb.co.uk/assessments/common-pre-tests/cpt-for-families and a familiarisation test can be found on the following link: https://testwise.testingforschools.com/tests/player-demo-iseb/#/

Following the closing date on 1st November 2022, we will be writing to the applicant’s current School to ask for a report.


INTERVIEW

All boys will have an online interview on Wednesday 4th January 2023. The interview will consist of questions about hobbies, interests and may also include some academic questions of a general nature.


RESULTS

Results letters will be posted on Monday 6th February 2023.

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s along with payment of the Acceptance Deposit by Thursday, 9th March 2023.  

If the candidate’s school follows the Common Entrance curriculum it is expected that he will achieve at least 60% in the Common Entrance Examination in June 2025. 

Candidates who are likely to exceed an average of 80% at Common Entrance are encouraged to sit the Common Scholarship papers (please refer to the Scholarship Section of the website for further information).

If a candidate’s school does not offer Common Entrance it is expected that he will make good progress in Years 7 & 8 as evidenced by assessment results and a report from his school.

Candidates who attend a school where Common Entrance is not offered and who wishes to apply for an Academic Scholarship can sit Reed’s own scholarship papers in English, Mathematics and Science in February of Year 8. Candidates may also choose to sit up to two of the following papers: Latin, Geography, History or a Modern Foreign Language.

All candidates will also have an Academic Scholarship interview with the Headmaster.

Places are confirmed in June of 2025.

ENTRY AT SIXTH FORM

Details for entry in 2023 are shown in the steps below. 
For entry in future years a Registration Form can be submitted at any time.

What are we looking for?

A Sixth Form candidate who wants to come to Reed’s must have academic potential and interest. Of course, we are also looking for other talents, interests and qualities; for example, in Music, Art, Drama, Technology or Sport. Candidates will need to show that they have the personality and maturity to make a success of life at Reed’s. As a rough guide to our standards, most of the candidates that we accept will achieve a wide range of good GCSE/IGCSE grades, mainly at A*, A and B or grades 6, 7, 8 and 9.

A Level Courses

For details on the A levels courses we offer please view the Sixth Form section on our Academic Curriculum page.  


APPLICATION

For entry to Reed’s in September 2023 at Sixth Form please submit an online Registration Application together with the £125 non-refundable Registration Fee by Friday, 7th October 2022.

Reports:
The Independent Schools’ Code of Practice requires that a parent intending to change independent schools notifies the current Head as soon as possible. From September onwards, once we have received a completed Application Form, we will be writing to ask for a report from the applicant’s current school as we will assume that they have been informed.


EXAM INFORMATION

The Examination Day will be held on Friday, 4th November 2022.

All candidates will be examined in two academic subjects. They will also take part in a Critical Thinking Lesson, be given a short interview and will have the opportunity to meet current Sixth Form pupils.
 
Academic Papers

Candidates must choose two subjects from those that they are currently studying for GCSE/IGCSE. These, where possible, should also be subjects that they will wish to study at A Level. Each paper will be of 1-hour duration. 

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

Subjects in which candidates can choose to be examined are:

Art (drawing class and assessment of GCSE/IGCSE  portfolio); Art (drawing class and assessment of GCSE/IGCSE portfolio); Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Design and Technology (written paper and assessment of GCSE/IGCSE portfolio); Drama (written paper and practical assessment); English; French; Geography; History; Latin; Mathematics; Music (written paper and practical assessment); Physical Education (written paper); Physics; Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics of Religion); Spanish.

Critical Thinking Lesson – 50 minutes
Candidates will take part in a critical thinking lesson. There will be opportunities for individual responses as well as group work. No revision or content preparation will be required..

General Interviews
All candidates will have an interview with a Senior Member of staff on the Examination Day.

Academic Scholarship Interviews
Candidates who perform outstandingly well in the examinations will be invited back for an Academic Scholarship interview with the Headmaster. 


RESULTS

Following the Assessments and a report from the candidate’s current school, results letters will be posted to arrive on Thursday, 1st December 2022.

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s along with payment of the Acceptance Deposit to be made by Wednesday 8th February 2023. Parents wishing to accept the offer of an unconditional place will be asked pay a deposit of £1000 which will be credited to their son/daughter’s final account on leaving Reed’s.

ENTRY FROM OVERSEAS

Applications are welcome from candidates who live overseas; they will be expected to take the appropriate Entry Tests for their age group.

Further information about entry into a specific year group is available by 

Emailing the Admission’s Office.

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