Senior School Entry

Our admissions process is listed in the sections below. If you have further questions, please contact

Mrs Marie-Louise Gough, Admissions Officer
Tel: 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 Morning 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 is included in the prospectus pack or can be downloaded below.

The deadline for submission of the Application Form is 30th November 2018. 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 2021 entry: Friday 11th January 2019 (see Prep School Entry)
  • Testing Day for 2019 entry: Tuesday 22nd January 2019
  • English, Mathematics, Science 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

iii) Interview

  • A note on assessment criteria:
  • Academic level: pupils will be expected to take nine or ten subjects and achieve Grade A*, A, B or C 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 15th February 2019. 

The Common Entrance exam results will be used as a setting tool.

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 4th March 2019.

Page Downloads Date  
Guidance Notes for Early Entrance Test E... 16th May 2016 Download
Bishops Stortford College Terms and Cond... 10th Nov 2016 Download
Entry Procedures 13+ 2019 18th Sep 2018 Download
Application Form 18th Oct 2018 Download