11+ Entry (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 applicants take an online Cognitive Abilities Test in November of Year 6. For all pupils other than those from our own Laxton Junior School, the next stage is entrance papers in Mathematics, English and Science by written examination in 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.
13+ Entry (Boarding and Day)
All assessment for entry at 13+ takes 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 two stages; the preliminary papers in late January/early February and the main papers in May.
Candidates who are not at a prep school sit Oundle’s own entrance tests (non-common entrance, or NCE) in January. The assessment consists of papers in Mathematics, English, Science and normally a Modern Foreign Language (French/Spanish/German), as well as an informal interview. Candidates performing exceptionally well in these may be invited to sit the main Academic Scholarship examination at Oundle in May.
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, Sport and General Scholarships are available at this level.
16+ Entry (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.