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Entry Process into Whitgift 2018

Applications for day places are accepted in the August to November of the year prior to admittance, e.g. August to November 2017 for 2018 entry.

Applications for boarding places are accepted either in the year prior to entry (as above) or, in the case of 13+ entry, a Pre-Test can be sat two years prior to entry.  Please see below.

Day Applications – 10+, 11+, 12+, 13+, 14+

Whitgift welcomes applications from parents of boys aged 10+, 11+, 12+, 13+ and 14+ who attend both independent and maintained schools.  Although 10+, 11+ and 13+ are our main intake year groups, there are a limited number of places available to boys entering at ages 12+ and 14+.

There are opportunities to visit Whitgift during the Autumn Term by way of an Open Morning, Open Evening and a number of Open Afternoons.  The Open Afternoons are by appointment only.  Please click here for further information.

Applications should be submitted from mid-August to the end of November in the year prior to entering the School.  These should be accompanied by any scholarship and bursary applications, if applicable.  Once an application has been received, a reference will be requested from the student’s current school.

The Entrance Examination takes place in early January and parents are notified of exact timings in late December.  Boys are invited in for the whole day, with lunch provided, and sit their examination in small groups.  The Examination consists of tests in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning for 10+, 11+ and 12+, while 13+ and 14+ applicants sit tests in Mathematics, English and Science.  Section Française applicants will also sit a test in French.  Those boys whose first language is not English may also be required to sit an examination in English as an Additional Language (EAL).

All boys who have performed sufficiently well in the Entrance Examination and who are being considered for an offer will be invited to Whitgift for an interview.  In addition, those applicants who have been selected for scholarship consideration whether in Art/Design Technology and Engineering/Drama/Music/Sport, will be asked to attend an assessment/audition.  Both interviews and scholarship assessments will take place towards the end of January.  All boys who sit the Entrance Examination are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship.

For 2018 entry, the application process begins on 14 August 2017, and the deadline date for submission of forms will be 30 November 2017. Please click here for key dates.

Day Applications – Sixth Form

Whitgift welcomes applications from prospective Sixth Form candidates to study either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The usual entry requirement in recent years for A Level or IB candidates has been seven GCSE passes at A*/A grade, with an A*/A grade achieved in the subjects they wish to pursue in the Sixth Form.  In order to study a Science subject, an A*/A grade in GCSE Mathematics has been required.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business or Sport and Exercise Science is also available for those candidates who are looking to pursue a top tier sporting career.  In recent years both of these courses have required candidates to achieve five GCSE passes at A* to C grade, including Mathematics and English.  For the Business course, candidates have been required to achieve an A* to B grade in Mathematics and English.

Applicants are invited to visit the school on Open Morning, Open Evening or a Sixth Form Open Afternoon. Open Afternoons are by appointment only. Please click here for further information.

Applications should be submitted from mid-August to the end of December in the year prior to entering the School.  These should be accompanied by any scholarship and bursary applications, if applicable. Once an application has been received, a reference will be requested from the student’s current school.

Sixth Form day applicants who are invited to sit the Entrance Examination, which takes place in March, will usually be required to sit tests in two of the subjects chosen for study at A Level or Higher Level International Baccalaureate.  BTEC Sport and Exercise candidates will sit an examination in PE; BTEC Business candidates will sit an examination in Business Studies.  Those boys whose first language is not English may also be required to sit an examination in English as an Additional Language (EAL).  Candidates who perform well in the Entrance Examination will be interviewed by a member of the Sixth Form Team and offer letters will be sent out in April.

For 2018 entry, the application process begins on 14 August 2017, and the deadline date for submission of forms will be 29 December 2017. Please click here for key dates.

Boarding Applications

Full and weekly boarding commences at Whitgift from Year 9 (13+).  Applications are invited for 13+ and Sixth Form entry only.

Parents and applicants are warmly invited to visit the School and Boarding House on an Open Morning or Open Evening without an appointment, but Open Afternoons and alternative visit dates should be booked via the Admissions Office. Please click here for details regarding visits to Whitgift.

Candidates are expected to sit the Entrance Examinations at Whitgift but, in exceptional circumstances, the tests may be sat abroad.

Boarders are not eligible to apply for a Governor’s Bursary but they can apply for Scholarships and may be considered for a Boarding Award at the Headmaster’s discretion.

The application process for a boarding place is identical to the application process for a day place (see above) with the following exceptions:

13+ Boarding Applications

There are two options open to 13+ boarding applicants:

  • Applicants can apply from mid-August to November of the year prior to entry, as per day applications.
  • Applicants who wish to apply early can submit a hard copy of the Pre-Test Application Form when they are in Year 6 or Year 7 and sit a Pre-Test (tests in English and Mathematics) in the May of that year. Click here to download application form. 

16+ (Sixth Form) Boarding Applications

For Sixth Form entry as a boarder, applications are invited a year prior to entry.

Applicants can apply from mid-August to December of the year prior to entry, as per day applications, and the Entrance Examination is held in March. Offer letters will be sent out in April.

Please note that the deadline date for Sixth Form boarding applications for 2018 entry is 10 December 2017.