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 here

The steps involved in our entry process are shown below for the relevant entry points. Please note, the details may be subject to change if Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 change. We will update the details as appropriate.

ENTRY AT 11+

Please note, we are now closed for applications for entry in 2021. For entry in future years, registration can be made at any time. 

Details for entry in 2022 are shown in the steps below. 


Step 1

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.


Step 2

The 11+ Entrance Examination will be held at Reed’s and candidates will be invited to sit the exam on either the 4th or 5th January 2022.

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).
  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).

SAMPLE QUESTIONS


Step 3

Following the closing date on 1st November 2021, we will be writing to the applicant’s current School to ask for a report.


Step 4

Friday 26th November 2021 - Sports Scholarship assessments will be held for those who wish to apply.


Step 5

Tuesday 30th November 2021: Art, Drama and Music Scholarship Assessments.


Step 6

Thursday 3rd February 2022: Offer letters will be posted.


Step 7

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s by Monday 7th March 2022.

ENTRY AT 13+

Please note, applications for entry in 2023 have now closed. For entry in future years, a Registration Form can be submitted at any time.

Details for entry in 2024 are shown in the steps below.


Step 1

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.


Step 2

The pre-test will be held at Reed’s and candidates will be invited to sit the exam on either the 4th or 5th January 2022.

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).
  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)

SAMPLE QUESTIONS


Step 3

Following the closing date on 1st November 2021, we will be writing to the applicant’s current School to ask for a report. 


Step 4

Following the results of the pre-test and receipt of a report from the candidate’s current school, offer letters will be posted on Monday 7th February 2022.


Step 5

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s along with payment of the Acceptance Deposit by Thursday, 10th March 2022.  

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 2024. 

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 wish 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.


Step 6

Places are confirmed in June of 2024.

 

ENTRY AT SIXTH FORM

Applications for entry in 2021 have now closed. For entry in future years, a Registration Form can be submitted at any time. Details for entry in 2022 entry are shown in the 7 steps below.

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.  


Step 1

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.


Step 2

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, we will be writing to ask for a report from the applicant’s current school as we will assume that they have been informed.


Step 3

The Examination Day will be held on Friday, 5th November 2021.

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); Biology; Chemistry;  Computing; Design and Technology (written paper and assessment of GCSE/IGCSE portfolio); Drama (written paper and practical assessment); English; French; Geography; German; History; Latin; Mathematics; Music (written paper and practical assessment); Physics; Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics of Religion); Spanish

Critical Thinking Lesson – 50 minutes
Candidates will take part in a critical thinking lesson in groups of 10. There will be opportunities for individual responses as well as group work; the 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.

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. 


Step 4

Following the Assessments and a report from the candidate’s current school, offer letters will be posted to arrive on Wednesday, 1st December 2021.


Step 5

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s along with payment of the Acceptance Deposit to be made by Wednesday 9th February 2022. 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.


Step 6

An Options Evening will be held at Reed’s School towards the end of February 2022 to finalise candidates' A Level choices.


Step 7

Candidates will be invited to attend a Sixth Form Garden Party in June 2022.

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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