Pupils enter either The Berrystead, the junior boarding House or Laxton, the day House. Entry is by written examination in January before entry in September, with papers in Mathematics, English and Science, as well as the School's own Ability Test. Papers are normally sat at Oundle, with candidates staying overnight, and also having an informal interview.
The majority of applicants sit the Common Entrance examination in the June before entry in September. A number of candidates enter by Oundle's own entrance tests, which are taken at Oundle in the January preceding entry. In addition to papers in Mathematics, English, Science and French, applicants take the School’s Ability Test and have an informal interview.
Entry is by competition, because Oundle takes in relatively few pupils at this level (approximately twelve boys and five girls in a typical year). The minimum entry requirement is at least three GCSE subjects at Grade A, and three subjects at Grade B or better, including passes in English Language, Mathematics, a Science and a language. In practice we would expect most successful candidates to have achieved Grade A or A* in most subjects. Applicants are normally invited to an assessment weekend in November.
We ask families interested in admission to the School to register via the registration form included with the Prospectus package. A non-returnable fee of £125 is payable on registration.
Fees are payable in advance before the beginning of the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer Terms.