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How to apply

Our application process

The application process depends on your year of entry, please see the instructions below. However, the first step of the process for every prospective pupil is to fill in an application form and pay a £100 non-refundable registration fee. Any scholarship applications for Preparatory and Senior School pupils should also be submitted at this stage:

We are a gently selective school, therefore we do assess every prospective pupil. We’re looking for potential, and to see what level they are currently performing at in order to establish whether they’re likely to thrive at our school, and how we might be best able to support them.

Our son has really flourished in Year 8, growing in confidence and academic ability and it is really wonderful to see.  

Year 8 parent (December 2020)

Each part of the school has a slightly different, age-appropriate process. Please see the drop-down menus below for further information.

Pre-Preparatory and Nursery School 

We will invite your child to spend a short amount of time in class, and to meet Mr Williams, head of the Pre-Preparatory and Nursery School. This will give us the opportunity to get to know your child at work and at play in a relaxed environment, and to complete some age-appropriate tasks for Reception-age children and older.

Following the visit, we will inform you of the outcome and successful applicants will be offered a place.

Places for Reception 2022 have now been allocated. Should you wish to discuss this entry point please contact the admissions team at admissionsandmarketing@claremont.surrey.sch.uk  

Preparatory School 

Prospective pupils are invited for a day visit to the school to spend time in lessons with peers, as well as completing mathematics, English, and (where appropriate) verbal reasoning papers.

Following a satisfactory result, a meeting with Mrs Hutton-Attenborough, head of the Preparatory School, will be arranged. We will also request the latest report from their current school to further assess progress and behaviour.

Following the visit, we will inform you of the outcome and successful applicants will be offered a place.

Senior School

Year 7 

The deadline for Year 7 2022 applications has now passed. 

  • As a guide, pupils in Year 6 should be working securely at a good national average or above
  • All pupils will then be invited to sit the entrance assessments held on the weekend of Saturday 11 December 2021, comprising of mathematics, verbal reasoning and English (including creative-writing, specimen papers available commercially). Calculators are not permitted.
  • Requests for reasonable adjustments such as extra time or laptop must be submitted to the Admissions office by 4pm on Friday 12 November 2021.We regret that we are unable to consider any requests made after this time.
  • Any reasonable adjustments requested must be supported by appropriate evidence:
  • a report from an educational psychologist, specialist assessor or equivalent medical practitioner (produced within two years of the entrance exam)
  • email confirmation from the current school to the Admissions office that the arrangements requested are the candidate’s normal way of working
  • Following a satisfactory result in the entrance examination, successful applicants will then be invited for a short interview with a senior member of staff in January 2022
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place in early February 2022
  • All acceptances and deposits must be made by March 2022

11+ pre-test (for Year 9 entry)

Over the last few years, interest in joining the Senior School at Claremont Fan Court has surged; particularly at our main point of entry in Year 7.  Consequently, we have concluded it has become disproportionately harder to access the school at Year 9 through the 11+ pre-test route (sitting an exam at the age of 10 or 11 with a view to gaining a conditional offer to join the school in Year 9) than we would wish.  Where families wish their child to join the school in Year 9, we will continue to be very happy to consider applications, but only in the academic year that precedes entry to the school.

Years 8 to 10 

Whilst our main entry point into the Senior School is for Year 7, we are open to considering applications to join the school in Year 8, 9 and 10.  Families wishing to apply should contact the admissions team to discuss the availability of places via admissionsadmin@claremont.surrey.sch.uk or 01372 473780.

Please note that we are unable to offer entry into Year 11 at any stage.

Sixth form

Year 12 / Lower sixth 

Internal students:

Prospective A level students are expected to have achieved seven or more GCSE grades at 9-4 (including maths and English) and specifically to have achieved high grades in their chosen/related A level subjects. Students meeting this criteria will be offered a place.

External students:

  • Students applying for 2022 entry must do so by Friday 5 November 2021
  • Dependent on subjects chosen, students will be invited to attend interviews and/or assessments which will take place during the latter part of the autumn term
  • We will request references from the student’s current school
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place
  • Prospective A level students are expected to have achieved seven or more GCSE grades at 9-4 (including maths and English) and specifically to have achieved high grades in their chosen/related A level subjects

Please note that we are unable to offer entry into Year 13 at any stage.