Entry at 13+ (Years 9 and 10)

Entry at 13+ (Year 9) may be via Common Entrance or the School's own Entrance Examination

Common Entrance Admissions Process

WhitespaceCommon Entrance candidates should achieve at least an average of 50% in their examinations, including Level 2 in Maths, English and Science.

In consultation with the candidate's prep school, there is the option to sit a pre-test in Year 7 and, on the basis of this, an offer of a place may be made, subject to a satisfactory reference and an interview. Candidates would still be expected to perform well in their Common Entrance for the purpose of setting in Year 9.

On the recommendation of the prep school, candidates may be put forward for an Academic Scholarship and be invited to sit the School's own Entrance Examinations in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning, in addition to the Common Entrance.

Years 9 and 10 Entrance Examination

If not following the Common Entrance process and applying for entry into Year 9 or 10, candidates will be asked to sit an Entrance Examination at the School in the January of the year of entry. This examination will consist of three elements:

  • A Mathematics test based on the relevant level of the National Curriculum
  • A Verbal Reasoning test
  • An English test which includes a reading and comprehension paper and a creative writing paper

A year-specific guide for parents to help prepare children for the Entrance Examination is sent out to registered pupils in advance.

Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in these tests, together with an interview and reference from the candidate's current school.

As part of our admission process, all candidates are expected to attend the School for an interview with the Head of Middle School or another senior member of staff. Only in very exceptional circumstances will a firm place be offered without a member of staff having had an opportunity to meet the candidate.

On receipt of a Registration Form, we will contact the Head Teacher of the candidate's current school to ask for a reference, unless you have specifically asked us not to. Please note that a firm offer of a place cannot be given until a reference has been received.

Late entrants may be considered, provided places are still available, and special arrangements can be made for candidates living overseas or unable to travel to the School. Entry into Year 10 will only be considered if space is available.

The Entrance Examination for entry in September 2018 is in January 2018.


We are delighted to be able to offer a range of Scholarships and Awards for pupils entering the senior part of the School:

  • 13+ Academic Scholarship
  • Music Scholarship
  • Drama Scholarship
  • Art & Design Scholarship
  • Sports Scholarship
  • Sailing Scholarship
  • All Round Award

For more information please contact the Registrar on 01473 326136 or admissions@royalhospitalschool.org

Feeder Schools

We have special relationships with the following prep schools, and a number of pupils from these schools join the Royal Hospital School in Year 9:
Barnardiston Hall Prep School, Suffolk
Beeston Hall School, Norfolk
Holmwood House, Essex
Moreton Hall Prep School, Suffolk
Old Buckenham Hall, Suffolk
Orwell Park School, Suffolk
Riddlesworth Hall Prep School, Suffolk
South Lee School, Suffolk
Town Close School, Norfolk
West Hill Park, Hants