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

ENTRY AT 11+

Applications for 11+ Entry in 2020 have now closed. The closing date for applications for entry in 2021 is Friday 13th November 2020. For entry in future years, registration can be made at any time.


Step 1

For entry to Reed’s in September 2021 at 11+ please submit an online Registration Application together with the £125 non-refundable Registration Fee by Friday, 13th November 2020.


Step 2

The 11+ Entry Examination will be held on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

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)

*Please download an Entrance Test Question Examplar here


Step 3

Following the Reed's Examination Day and a report from the candidate’s current school, offer letters will be posted on Thursday 28th January 2021.


Step 4

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s by Monday 1st March 2021.

ENTRY AT 13+

Applications for 13+ Entry in 2022 have now closed. The closing date for applications for entry in 2023 is Friday 13th November 2020. For entry in future years, a Registration Form can be submitted at any time.


Step 1

For entry to Reed’s in September 2023 at 13+ please submit a Registration Form and the non-refundable Registration Fee to the Admissions Office by Friday, 13th November 2020.


Step 2

The 13+ Pre-test will be held on Tuesday 5th January 2021. 

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)

*Please download an Entrance Test Question Examplar here

Step 3

Based on the results of the Pre-test and a report from the candidate's current school, offer letters will be posted on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.


Step 4

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s along with payment of the Acceptance Deposit by Thursday, 4th March 2021.  

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 2023. 

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 5

Places are confirmed in June of 2023.

ENTRY AT SIXTH FORM

Applications for 16+ Entry in 2020 have now closed. The closing date for applications for entry in 2021 is Friday 9th October 2020. For entry in future years, a Registration Form can be submitted at any time.


Step 1

For entry to Reed’s in the Sixth Form in September 2021, please submit a completed Registration Form and the £125 non-refundable Registration Fee should be submitted to the Admissions Office by Friday 9th October 2020.


Step 2

Candidates will be required to sit the Entry Test held on Friday 6th November 2020. 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.


Step 3

Following the Reed's Examination Day and a report from the candidate’s current school, offer letters will be posted to arrive on Tuesday, 1st December 2020.


Step 4

We require confirmation of acceptance of a place at Reed’s along with payment of the Acceptance Deposit to be made by Thursday 10th December 2020.


Step 5

Further information regarding subject choices and joining instructions will be sent during the following term, along with an invitation to a Sixth Form A Level options evening held in February 2021 and the Sixth Form Garden Party held in June 2021.

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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