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+

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

Due to recent Government announcements and the continuing uncertainty, we have had to review our examination arrangements for this academic year. The safety and well-being of our potential pupils and our school community is at the heart of all our decisions and we remain committed to providing a holistic, and fair admissions process that allows all pupils applying to Reed’s the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss their unique interests and abilities.

Entry arrangements for 2022 and beyond will be announced as soon as possible. 


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

All applicants for entry at 11+ in 2021 will sit the online ISEB Common Pre-Tests by Saturday 5th December 2020

Candidates only sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test once, and (if possible) will sit the test at their current school. A number of senior schools are using the ISEB Common Pre-Test this year and the results are provided to all schools to which the candidate has applied. 

Any candidates who are unable to take the test at their own school can sit the tests at Reed’s on Saturday 5th December

ISEB Common Pre-Test Details:

The 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) and cover the following:

• Verbal reasoning question styles include common words, antonyms, word combinations, letter transfer, number codes.

• Non-verbal reasoning question styles include shape analogies, classes like, horizontal codes.

• English question styles include reading comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.

• Mathematics content is in line with the National Curriculum; candidates are assessed on National Curriculum topics taught up to the end of Year 5.

Further information about the ISEB Pre-Tests can be found on the following link:

ISEB PRE-TESTS


Step 3

Interviews have always played a vital role in our admissions process as it allows us to see beyond the statistics and for the pupils to see how they would flourish in the Reed’s environment.

Whilst we are disappointed that it will not be possible to meet candidates in person this year, all applicants will be interviewed by Zoom on Monday 4th January or Tuesday 5th January 2021. The interview will consist of questions about hobbies, interests and may also include some academic questions of a general nature. 


Step 4

Following the results of the ISEB Common Pre-Test and receipt of a report from the candidate’s current school, offer letters will be posted on Thursday 28th January 2021.


Step 5

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

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.

Due to recent Government announcements and the continuing uncertainty, we have had to review our examination arrangements for this academic year. The safety and well-being of our potential pupils and our school community is at the heart of all our decisions and we remain committed to providing a holistic, and fair admissions process that allows all pupils applying to Reed’s the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss their unique interests and abilities.

Arrangements for entry in 2024 and beyond will be announced as soon as possible.


Step 1

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


Step 2

All applicants for entry at 13+ in 2023 will sit the online ISEB Common Pre-Tests by Saturday 5th December 2020

Candidates only sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test once, and (if possible) will sit the test at their current school. A number of senior schools are using the ISEB Common Pre-Test this year and the results are provided to all schools to which the candidate has applied. 

Any candidates who are unable to take the test at their own school can sit the tests at Reed’s on Saturday 5th December

ISEB Common Pre-Test Details:

The 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) and cover the following:

• Verbal reasoning question styles include common words, antonyms, word combinations, letter transfer, number codes.

• Non-verbal reasoning question styles include shape analogies, classes like, horizontal codes.

• English question styles include reading comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.

• Mathematics content is in line with the National Curriculum; candidates are assessed on National Curriculum topics taught up to the end of Year 5.

Further information about the ISEB Pre-Tests can be found on the following link:

ISEB PRE-TESTS


Step 3

Interviews have always played a vital role in our admissions process as it allows us to see beyond the statistics and for the pupils to see how they would flourish in the Reed’s environment.

Whilst we are disappointed that it will not be possible to meet candidates in person this year, all applicants will be interviewed by Zoom on Monday 4th January or Tuesday 5th January 2021. The interview will consist of questions about hobbies, interests and may also include some academic questions of a general nature. 


Step 4

Following the results of the ISEB Common Pre-Test and receipt of a report from the candidate’s current school, offer letters will be posted on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.


Step 5

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 6

Places are confirmed in June of 2023.

 

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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