Starting Your Journey

The first step of the Oundle admissions journey is to consider the entry point for your child. Pupils normally join Oundle at either 11+, 13+ or 16+ as a day or a boarding pupil. Occasionally entry is possible into other year groups, including boarding places at 12+. There are slightly different timings and examination requirements for each entry point, so please do make contact with the Admissions Office who are at the ready to guide prospective families in the right direction. Our Admissions Widget at the bottom of the page will give you quick glance at your entry points options and an outline of a typical admissions journey, whilst acknowledging the individual timings and circumstances of each application.


11+ (Boarding and Day)

Each year, over fifty pupils join Oundle at 11+. Boarders enter The Berrystead, our junior boarding House, and day pupils enter Scott House, located adjacent to The Berrystead. Both Houses share beautiful grounds and provide a welcoming haven for our youngest pupils.

After two years, pupils who wish to board transfer to a senior boarding House and day pupils transfer to Laxton, the senior day House.

All candidates, other than those from Laxton Junior School, will take written entrance papers in Mathematics, English and Science, and a Cognitive Ability Test in the January of the year of entry. All pupils sitting papers at Oundle have an interview, with prospective boarders staying overnight.

Places are awarded on the basis of performance in the exams and interview, with Academic and Music Scholarships awarded at this stage. For pupils from LJS prior performance and continuous assessment will inform decision making for acceptance to Oundle School, with full details available on the LJS website.

12+ (Boarders only)

Space permitting, each year we offer a small number of boarding places at 12+ into The Berrystead. Entrance examinations, similar to those for 11+, are taken in January of the year of entry.

13+ (Boarding and Day)

All assessments for entry at 13+ take place in Year 8, the year prior to entry to Oundle. Boarders join us in the Third Form from a wide range of Prep Schools, either through Common Entrance examinations sat in June or the Academic Scholarship examination sat in January.

Candidates at schools not sitting Common Entrance take Oundle’s own entrance tests (non-common entrance, or NCE) in January. The assessment consists of a Cognitive Ability Test and papers in Mathematics, English, Science and normally a Modern Foreign Language (French/Spanish/German), as well as an informal interview. 

A limited number of day places are available each year. Candidates sit Common Entrance, the Academic Scholarship examinations or Oundle’s own tests depending on which type of school they are moving on from. 

Academic, Music, Art, Drama, Design Engineering Technology and Sport Scholarships are available at this level, as well as the Oundle Scholarship that celebrates interest and ability in two or more Scholarship disciplines. 

14+ (Boarders only)

A small number of 14+ (Year 10) boarding places are normally available each year through Oundle’s own entry tests (NCE). These take place either at Oundle or overseas at a British Council Office in January each year.

16+ (Boarding and Day)

We welcome strong applications for Sixth Form entry, with around fifteen percent of our Lower Sixth Form cohort joining us at this stage. The minimum entry requirement is three subjects at Grade 6 and three at Grade 7, or equivalent, at GCSE. It is highly desirable to have a Grade 7, 8 or 9 in the subjects to be taken at Sixth Form and, in practice, most successful candidates will have an 8 or 9 or equivalent in most subjects.

Applicants are asked to provide expected GCSE grades and a CV in advance, with shortlisted candidates invited to an assessment weekend at Oundle in the November prior to joining the following September. The weekend allows candidates to immerse themselves in Oundle boarding life, and will include an interview and papers in either three of their chosen subjects for Sixth Form study, or a general paper and two subject papers.

Academic, Art, Music, Sport and Design Engineering Technology Scholarships are available at this level of entry.

Overseas Entry

All overseas applicants follow the same entrance procedure and sit the same entrance papers as UK candidates. We ask all candidates not taking examinations at Oundle School to sit them at a British Council Office.

In addition, it would be advantageous for all applicants from overseas to provide us with a UKiset report at the earliest stage of the application process.

UKiset is an adaptive cognitive test measuring underlying ability and language proficiency. For more information, please visit:

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Contact Admissions

Enquiries for both boarding and day places are made through the Admissions Office. Prospective families are warmly invited to contact the Admissions team to find out more about our virtual and physical Open Days and visits.

T: +44 (0)1832 277125

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