Entrance Assessments

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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.

Prep School

For Year 3, entrance is based on a satisfactory taster day at the Prep School, which is held in the January preceding entry. Gresham’s Pre-Prep pupils are invited to several Prep School taster events during their time in Year 2, in addition to attending the Taster Day in January.

For entry into Years 4, 5 & 6, applicants will be invited to a taster day, which will be arranged on an individual basis. On this day, children will spend time in lessons and activities with their respective year groups and will sit entrance assessments in Maths and English. Sample papers are not provided, but our tests are similar to widely-available age-appropriate standardised assessments and are in line with the UK National Curriculum. For pupils applying to join Years 7 & 8, entrance assessments will take place in the November preceding entry. The scholarship assessments for Year 7 entry will take place in the following January.

We will contact all candidates’ current schools for a reference.

Assessment / Taster Day dates for September 2024 entry:

  • Entrance assessments for pupils applying for Years 7 & 8 will take place on Saturday 25th November 2023.
  • The main Taster Day for pupils applying for Year 3 will be Thursday 18th January 2024;
  • Year 7 scholarship assessments will take place on Friday 19th & Saturday 20th January 2024.

The registration deadline for entry to Years 3, 7 & 8 is Friday 10th November 2023. Applications for places after this date are considered on an individual basis according to availability.

Applications for entry to Years 4, 5 & 6 run on an ongoing basis, subject to availability of places.

Senior School

For Year 9, entrance assessments are in Maths and English. Please click on the links below to see Maths and English sample papers.

The date for Year 9 entrance assessments for entry in September 2024 will take place on Wednesday 24th January 2024.

Year 9 ENGLISH Entrance Exam Sample Paper

Year 9 Maths Entrance Exam Sample Paper