Admissions Process

Most of our boys enter the school at 4+, with some joining at 7+, 8+ or as an occasional place.

Below shows a typical journey of a prospective parent looking for a Reception place at Rokeby for their son, from initial enquiry to starting:

  • Enquire about Rokeby by telephone or email You may like to view our prospectus.
  • Visit us – attend our Open Morning or one of our Headmaster’s Coffee Mornings.
  • Register your son
  • Complete the ballot form, which you will be sent, confirming you would like your son to go into the ballot for a Reception place.
  • If your son is offered a place you must accept the offer within the two-week deadline. If your son is not offered a place he will be placed on the waiting list.
  • All offers are subject to a positive nursery reference and a successful experience at the Reception Discovery Morning.
  • Attend the Parent Information Evening in May of the year your son is due to start.
  • Attend the new boys’ morning in June where your son will meet his new classmates and teacher.
  • Start at Rokeby in September in Reception.

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.

Reception 2019

Due to family relocation we currently have a place available in Reception. Please click below to book a visit.


For further information, please contact the Admissions Registrar on 020 8936 7979 or email Admissions on

Reception September 2020

Although the ballot for Reception September 2020 entry has now taken place, again please do get in touch by phone or email as late places do become available.

For entry into Reception September 2021, you must register your son and complete the ballot form by 25th February 2020. 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 25th 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 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 entrance assessment for entry into the school at 7+ (Year 3) for September 2020 will take place on the mornings of Wednesday 13th and Wednesday 20th November 2019. For your son to sit the assessment you must register him with us and submit an assessment form/fee by Wednesday 16th October 2019. Please contact the Admissions Registrar on for more details.

The entrance assessment for entry into the school at 8+ (Year 4) in September 2020 will take place on the morning of Wednesday 27th November 2019. For your son to sit the assessment you must register him with us and submit an assessment form/fee by Friday 8th November 2019. Please contact the Admissions Registrar on for more details.

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

Entry at 11+

A few places are still available to external candidates for entry at 11+ (Year 7) in September 2019. Please contact the Admissions Registrar on or call 020 8936 7979 for more details.

Our next assessment for entry into the school at 11+ in September 2020 will take place on Wednesday 4th March 2020. Boys will sit papers in Maths, English and Reasoning. In addition, they will spend some time with their peer group and have an informal interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  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.

We will be holding an 11+ Headmaster’s Coffee Morning on Tuesday 4th February for all interested families, when you will be offered a tour of the school and an opportunity to meet some of our staff and current boys.  You are welcome to bring your son with you.

Book onto our 11+ coffee morning

Year 7 and 8 is 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 policies or further information please contact the Registrar on and they will be forwarded to you free of charge.