Admissions Process

Entry at 4+

Places for Reception are allocated by ballot. Drawn in early March of the year preceding entry, the process means boys’ places are allocated 18 months before they begin school.

Boys can be registered for entry at 4+ at any time from birth. The registration fee is £100 and is non-refundable.

Click here to view our step by step timeline for entry into 4+.

Reception September 2022

The ballot for entry into Reception September 2022 has now taken place. If you wish to join our waiting list please register your son here. In our experience the waiting list does tend to move between ballot and entry.

Reception September 2023

For entry into Reception September 2023, you must register your son and complete the ballot form by 24th February 2022. Before being entered into the ballot, parents must have visited the school either at one of our Open Mornings or one of the Headmaster’s Coffee Mornings before the 24th February deadline.

In the ballot, the first names drawn will be offered places, with siblings being given priority (provided that the older sibling is doing well at Rokeby). Names will then continue to be drawn and placed in order on one of two waiting lists: one for boys born in September-February and the other for boys born in March-August, to ensure an even spread of ages throughout the year group.

Once offered a place, parents or guardians have two weeks from the date of the offer to return a formal acceptance and pay a deposit of £2,500, half of which will be deducted from the first term’s invoice, and the balance held as a deposit until the boy leaves at 13. Should a boy leave before this time, the remainder of the deposit will be refunded only if the Headmaster has agreed on the reason for his move. If no response to the offer has been received after the two-week deadline, we will assume that the place is not required and will offer it to the next boy on the waiting list.

All places offered are subject to a positive nursery reference which we request from the nurseries nearer the entry date and a successful experience at the Discovery Morning. Please be aware that should we have concerns that Rokeby will not be the right setting for your son we reserve the right to withdraw our offer of a place at this point or at any point prior to entry should the need arise. In this case, all monies will be refunded (excluding the £100 registration fee).

Parents or guardians of a boy who accept, but do not subsequently take up a place, will forfeit the whole deposit paid. If less than a term’s notice is given, a whole term’s fee in lieu of notice will also be payable.

Entry at 7+ and 8+

The assessment for entry into the school at 7+ (Year 3) in September 2022 will take place on the mornings of Wednesday 10th November 2021 and Wednesday 17th November 2021, with boys being invited to attend on just one of these days. The assessment will consist of written papers in Maths and English, a computer-based Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning paper, and a Music/Drama activity.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have now reached capacity for our 7+ Assessment for September 2022 entry and are operating a waiting list. Please contact the Admissions Registrar on for more information. 

The assessment for entry into the school at 8+ (Year 4) in September 2022 will take place on the morning of Wednesday 24th November 2021 and will consist of written papers in Maths and English, a computer-based Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning paper, and a Music/Drama activity. An application form will be sent out to all eligible families in our system in the autumn term. The deadline for application is Friday 5th November 2021.

The administration fee for the 7+ and 8+ entrance assessment is £100 and this fee is non-refundable.

Please contact the Admissions Registrar on for more details.

Entry at 11+

We anticipate having some places available to external candidates for entry at 11+ (Year 7) in September 2022. With this in mind, we will be running an 11+ Assessment Morning in Wednesday 4nd May 2022.

The assessment will consist of Maths, English and a computer-based general paper, with boys who perform well being invited for interview the following week. You will be asked to provide a copy of your son’s most recent school report and we will request a reference from his current school. Please contact the Admissions Registrar via for more information. The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd April 2022.

Should you be interested in entry into Year 7 September 2022 we would be delighted if you and your son are able to attend our 11+ Coffee Morning on Tuesday 1st February from 9.15 am. During this visit you will have an opportunity to tour the school and ask any questions you may have about the Top Years at Rokeby.  Click on the link below to book a place.


Years 7 and 8 are a special time for our boys. They work hard whilst learning to lead and manage their busy lives. They embrace new opportunities and responsibilities that come with being at the top of the school. They make lifelong friends and leave with their happy memories, confident, and ready for senior school life. They often come back to visit us.

Occasional places

We operate small waiting lists for occasional places at other entry points throughout the school.

Each candidate is assessed in relation to his age, with younger boys being given a more informal assessment.


Register Your Son

If you require any further information please contact the Registrar on