Choosing an entry point

The first step of the Oundle admissions process is to decide on an entry point. 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+. Each entry point has differing examination requirements, with the Admissions Office always at the ready to guide and steer prospective families in the right direction.

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.

12+ Entry (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+ 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. 

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+ 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.

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 book an individual visit, or register for one of the three Open Days held in September, January and May by contacting the Admissions Office.


REquest a prospectus

Completing the registration form included with the Prospectus package is the first formal stage in the admissions process and secures you consideration of a place for your child. A non-refundable fee of £250 is payable on registration.

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