Senior School Entry

2023 Entry

Please note, only Full and Weekly boarding places are currently available for Year 9 2023 entry.

Our admissions process is listed in the sections below.

From September 2023, a two-week timetable will operate in the Senior School, with academic lessons being taught between Monday and Friday only.  No academic lessons will be taught on a Saturday.  The focus on Saturdays will be sport, with an increased fixture programme, as well as training for selected team squads.

If you have further questions, please contact or telephone 01279 838604.


Step 1 - Initial enquiry and visit

In order to establish if we are the right school for your child or children you may wish to visit Bishop’s Stortford College. Depending on your own preference and the time of year, we can arrange an individual appointment for you; simply contact the Admissions Officer and/or attend the College Open Event held in September each year. Please note that Year 9 (13+) entry is via two routes:

(a) Testing in January of Year 8 or;

(b) Pre-testing in January of Year 6.

Step 2 - Application

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, which can be accessed here.

The deadline for submission of the Application Form, for entry in 2023, is 25th November 2022. Applications for either Scholarship or Financial Assistance awards should be submitted at the same time, if relevant.

For details about the procedure and timing for applying for a Scholarship Award, please see the Scholarship Information below. Talented sports people may also be interested to read about our Elite Sports Programme.

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 complete the Financial Assistance application.

Step 3 - Assessment

i) Entry Tests 

  • Early Testing Day for Year 9 entry in 2025: Friday 13th January 2023
  • Testing Day for 2023 entry: Tuesday 24th January 2023
  • English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Applicants will also be considered after January if places are available.

ii) School Report/Reference from your son or daughter’s current school

  • A note on assessment criteria.
  • Academic level: pupils will be expected to take nine or ten subjects and achieve 9, 8, 7, 6 or 5 in each subject.
  • 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

Places will be offered for entry to the Senior School by 10th February 2023

Step 5 - Acceptance of a place

An Acceptance Form, which accompanies the offer letter, is then completed and returned to us via our online Admissions portal, together with the Acceptance Fee by 3rd March 2023.