Senior and Sixth Form Admissions Process
The Kingswood admissions process is designed to give the school a sufficient understanding of each candidate's capability and potential to benefit from the education that Kingswood offers.
As each school has a slightly different process, we hope that you find our Admissions Information Summary helpful. It includes guidance around timings for each stage of the process, as well as details on key elements of attending Kingswood.
Entry Requirements and Process by Year
Years 7-10: Timeline and important dates for September 2024 entry
Our main entry point is Year 7. Pupils applying for a place in Year 7 will complete papers in English, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning, as well as a group interview with a member of the Senior Management Team. Please note that applications for Year 7 2024 have now closed.
A smaller number of pupils join the School in Year 9, and are usually those applying for Academic Scholarships and Special Talents, or boarding places. Pupils will sit entrance papers in English, Maths, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Science and a Foreign Language (French, German, Latin, Mandarin or Spanish) and join a group interview with a member of the Senior Management Team.
International pupils applying to join in Years 7-10 will sit papers in English, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning and complete a virtual interview.
Sample papers are available for Year 7 and Year 9 once the registration form and fee have been submitted. Although we do not provide sample papers for other year groups, they are based on National Curriculum requirements and practice Non-Verbal Reasoning papers can be sourced from bookshops.
For all UK candidates, entrance exams are generally taken at Kingswood or at the prospective pupil’s current school. For overseas candidates, assessment papers can only be taken under the supervision of a Kingswood agent or at the offices of the British Council. All such arrangements must be agreed by the Director of Marketing and Admissions, Hannah Drew.
Places are occasionally available for Years 8 and 10 and we request that you check availability with the Admissions Office before making a registration.
Sixth Form Entry
UK candidates looking to enter Kingswood Sixth Form will be invited to interview at Kingswood School in early November. Offers will be extended based on the interview, predicted GCSE results and current school reports and references. International students looking to enter Kingswood Sixth Form will take entrance papers in the three subjects they would like to study for A-Level, and an appropriate English language paper if their first language is not English. Please note that applications for Year 12 have now closed.
For overseas candidates, assessment papers can only be taken under the supervision of a Kingswood agent or at the offices of the British Council. All such arrangements must be agreed by the Director of Marketing and Admissions, Hannah Drew.
The School offers a range of scholarship and bursaries. Further information is available here.
Following a visit to the school, the next stage in the admissions process is to register your child for entry. Please fill out the Registration Form and pay the non-refundable £125 registration fee via our Online Payments page. Following registration, pupils will take their entrance exams.
Dates for registration slightly alter each year but as a guide are as follows:
- Year 7 – Mid October preceding the year of entry.
- Year 9 –– January preceding the year of entry.
- Sixth Form – Mid October preceding the year of entry.
However, where space is available, we do process applications all year round so please contact the Admissions office at any time.
Offer and Acceptance
All entry papers are marked by Heads of Department and all offers are made by the Headmaster. To secure a place, candidates should complete an acceptance form and pay an acceptance deposit online.
An acceptance deposit of £500 for all UK students is payable in order to secure a place that has been offered. An acceptance deposit of £2,500 together with an Advance fees payment of £13,619 (which equates to approximately the first term's boarding fees) is payable to secure a place offered to an international student.
The acceptance deposit will be retained until the pupil leaves the School, in accordance with the terms and conditions.
Kingswood Admissions Policy
For more information on Kingswood's Admissions Policy, click on the link below.