Entry into The Berrystead is by written examination in January before entry in September, with papers in Mathematics, English and Science and an online Cognitive Abilities test. Papers are normally sat at Oundle, with candidates staying overnight, and also having an informal interview.
Assessment for entry into Scott House takes the form of an online Cognitive Abilities test sat in November prior to entry in September, with places being offered, or an invitation for candidates to take entry papers in January. Entry papers are in Mathematics, English and Science. In addition, 11+ scholarship candidates sit an extended Mathematics and English paper.
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 fifteen boys and eight girls in a typical year). The minimum entry requirement is at least three grade 7 and three grade 6, or letter equivalent, at GCSE including English Language, Mathematics, a Science and a language. In practice we would expect most successful candidates to have achieved Grade 8 or 9 in most subjects. Applicants are normally invited to an assessment weekend in November. Applications for 2020 entry onwards are encouraged as early as possible.
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 £250 is payable on registration.
Fees are payable in advance before the beginning of the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer Terms.