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How to apply

Our application process

The application process depends on your year of entry. 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.

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.

Please note that we require Pre-Nursery children to attend a minimum of two morning sessions in the term they turn three.

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, non-verbal reasoning and (where appropriate) verbal reasoning papers.

Following a satisfactory result, a meeting with Mrs Hutton-Attenborough, head of the Preparatory School, will be arranged for both you and your child. 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 

  • All pupils must apply for a 2021 place by Friday 13 November 2020. As a guide, pupils in Year 6 should be working towards achieving a good national average or above
  • All pupils will then be invited to sit the entrance assessments held on Saturday 12 December and Sunday 13 December 2020, comprising of mathematics (specimen paper below) and English (including creative-writing, specimen papers available commercially). By exception this year, we will not be running a verbal reasoning test within the Year 7 entrance process. Calculators are not permitted but extra time will be allowed if there is appropriate evidence to support the request
  • Following a satisfactory result, successful pupils will then be invited for a short interview with a senior member of staff in January 2021
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place in February 2021
  • All acceptances and deposits must be made by March 2021

11+ pre-test (for Year 9 entry)

  • We offer a ‘pre-test’ for current Year 6 pupils who wish to join us when they reach Year 9
  • Prospective pupils are invited to sit the entrance assessments during Year 6 (see Year 7 entry above). We will also request a reference from the pupil’s current school to help assess character
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place
  • During Year 7 we will seek assurance from the pupil’s current school regarding the pupil’s progress
  • In Year 8, pupils sitting common entrance are expected to achieve 55% in English, mathematics, science, one humanity subject and one language. Applications for scholarships may be made during this year

Years 8 to 10 

Families wishing to apply should contact Mrs Welford, head of admissions, to discuss the availability of places via admissionsandmarketing@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 2021 entry must do so by Friday 6th November 2020
  • 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.