Admissions Process

Entry at 4+

Year of Entry Calculator for Reception

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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

We are currently full for entry into Reception in September 2022. If you wish to join our waiting list please register your son here. 

Reception September 2023

The ballot for entry into Reception September 2023 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 2024

For entry into Reception September 2024, you must register your son and complete the ballot form by 23rd February 2023. 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 23rd 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 a Discovery Morning held in the autumn term of the year before entry. 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 2023 will take place on the mornings of Wednesday 16th November and Wednesday 23th November 2022, with boys being invited to attend on just one of these mornings. The assessment will consist of written papers in Maths and English, a computer-based Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning paper, a group Music/Drama activity and an informal interview. An application form will be sent out to all eligible families in our system towards the end of September 2022. The closing date for application is Friday 14th October 2022, or sooner if capacity has been reached earlier, therefore early application is advised.

The assessment for entry into the school at 8+ (Year 4) in September 2023 will take place on the morning of Wednesday 30th November 2022 and will consist of written papers in Maths and English, a computer-based Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning paper, a group Music/Drama activity and an informal interview. An application form will be sent out to all eligible families in our system towards the end of September 2022. The closing date for application is Friday 11th November 2022.

In order to sit either our  7+ or 8+ assessment boys will need to be registered with Rokeby School, link at the bottom of this page.

The administration fee for the 7+ and 8+ entrance assessment is £100 and this fee is non-refundable. Please note that this fee is in addition to the school’s registration fee.

Please contact Jo Pink, our Admissions Registrar, via admissions@rokeby.org.uk should you require more information.

Entry at 11+

We anticipate having some places available to external candidates for entry at 11+ (Year 7) in September 2023. With this in mind, we will be running an 11+ Assessment Day in May 2023.

The assessment will consist of Maths, English, abilities testing and some time spent in the classroom with our current boys. 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 admissions@rokeby.org.uk for more information.

Should you be interested in Year 7 entry in September 2023 we would be delighted if you and your son are able to attend our Headmaster’s 11+ Coffee Morning taking place on Tuesday 21 March 2023 from 9.15am-10.30am, when you will be offered a tour of the school along with an opportunity to meet key members of staff and ask any questions you may have.

BOOK ONTO OUR 11+ COFFEE MORNING

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.

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Register Your Son

If you require any further information please contact the Registrar on admissions@rokeby.org.uk.