Prep School Entry

Main Entry Points

7+   Year 3   Lower Shell
10+ Year 6   Form 2
11+  Year 7  Lower Third
We will, of course, consider children for entry to Years 4, 5 and 8, if  places are available, please check with the Prep School Office before submitting an application to these year groups. 
Boarding in the Prep School is available from 7+ in Grimwade House on a flexi, weekly or full time basis. For further information, please click here.
If you have further questions, not answered in the sections below, please contact:

Mrs Fiona Brett, Admissions Officer
Tel: 01279 838607        

Step 1 - Initial Enquiry and Visiting

You will, of course, want to visit Bishop’s Stortford College as you consider whether we are the right school for your child or children. Depending on your own preference and the time of year, you can arrange an individual appointment by contacting the Admissions Officer and/or attend one of our Open Mornings usually held in the Autumn term.

Step 2 - Application (deadline 29th November 2019 for 2020 entry)

Once you have visited the College and decided that you would like to apply for a place you will need to complete the Application Form. This is included in the Prospectus Pack or can be downloaded below.

The Application Form needs to be submitted by the above deadline together with the £100 Application/Registration Fee. The fee may be paid by cheque or BACS (please contact the Fees team for details).

For details about the procedure and timing for applying for a Scholarship Award, please click here to access the relevant scholarship information leaflet.

The deadline to apply for a Financial Assistance Award is the same as for applying for a place. However, the two forms do not need to be submitted at the same time.

The College Application Form can be submitted in advance of the necessary financial information being collated in order to submit the financial assistance application.

Step 3 - Assessment

i) ENTRY TESTS - January prior to entry in English, Mathematics, Reading and, from 8+, verbal reasoning.

Applicants are, of course, considered after January if places are available.

7+Thursday 9th January 2020 (plus morning in Prep School on Saturday 11th January 2020)

8+ Wednesday 15th January 2020 (*only if places are available in this year group)

9+ Wednesday 15th January 2020 (*only if places are available in this year group)

10+ Tuesday 14th January 2020

11+ Monday 13th January 2020

ii) SCHOOL REPORT/REFERENCE from your son or daughter’s current school.

A note on assessment criteria

Academic level: we admit children with a fairly wide range of ability, as is evidenced by the provision of four or five streamed forms in each of our last three years, but we do look for a reading age on entry of at least a year ahead of chronological age as a guide that the child will cope successfully with the academic courses of the College.

Special aptitudes: Sport, Music and Art are very strong at Bishop’s Stortford College. A special aptitude in any of these areas will be taken into consideration.

Step 4 - Offer of a place (by Friday 14th February 2020)

Places will normally be offered for Prep School entry by Friday 15th February 2019.

Step 5 - Acceptance of a Place

An Acceptance Form, which accompanies the offer letter, is then completed and returned to us, together with the Acceptance Fee by early March 2020.