There are no formal assessments; however we will request a school report and educational information from your child’s previous school prior to entry.

We would encourage new pupils to visit prior to starting.


Entrants to the Prep School sit English and Maths assessments. These Assessment Days are held every January but it is possible to sit the assessments at other times if required. For children who live overseas assessment papers can be sent to their current schools.

The assessment dates for September 2019 entry is Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January 2019. Candidates should register by Friday 7th December 2018.


Year 9

Pupils applying for Year 9 are invited to come in during the Lent (Spring) Term for an assessment day when they are in Year 8. Written reports from the pupil’s current school and a reference are also used in the assessment process.

The assessment date for September 2019 entry is Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Candidates should register by Friday 16 November 2018.

Entrance assessments are in Maths and English. There will be an extended writing task which will offer the opportunity for candidates to explore their views and demonstrate a logical argument.  Please click on the links below to see Maths and English sample papers.

Year 9 English Entrance Paper Sample 1 

Year 9 English Entrance Paper Sample 2

Year 9 Maths Entrance Paper Sample 1
Year 9 Maths Entrance Paper Sample 2

Year 11

Candidates wishing to apply for a 1 year IGCSE course prior to the IB Diploma or A levels should contact

Sixth Form

Entry to the Sixth Form (Year 12) is dependent upon the candidate’s school reports, interview, predicted GCSE grades and a reference from the candidate’s current school.

Final acceptance depends on students gaining a minimum of six GCSE grades A*- B, or 9 – 6 grades as well as a minimum of a C grade or 4 in Mathematics and English. Usually a minimum of a GCSE B grade or 6 grade is expected in a subject to be pursued in the Sixth Form.

You are welcome to visit us before making a formal application.  To apply, we require a completed Registration Form together with a non-refundable Registration Fee of £170.  Copies of the candidate’s two most recent school reports must be provided upon application. The deadline for registration for 2019 entry is Friday 12th October 2018.

A Registration Form is available upon request from Admissions: or telephone 01263 714614.

Overseas applicants

Candidates applying from overseas will be considered on the basis of a reference, school reports, an interview, and written assessments. Skype interviews are available.

Gresham’s accepts UKiset as part of our admissions process for students applying from overseas. To register for UKiset or for more information, please visit the website

If you have taken UKiset and wish for your report to be sent to Gresham’s, please visit the UKiset website and complete the School Selection Form.