The Entry Process
Applications for entry to Cranmore can be made for boys and girls at age 2, 4 or 7 and, for boys at age 11 (from September 2020) or 13 (from September 2022). Places at other ages also, occasionally, become available. The deadline for registration for Year 7 entry is 20th October in the year prior to joining, e.g. if joining in September 2020 the deadline would be 20th October 2019.
The admissions process normally begins at least a year prior to entry, with prospective parents and students attending an Open Morning and / or having an individual tour of the school and a meeting with the Headmaster.
Parents who would like their son or daughter to be considered for a place complete a registration form and are asked to pay a non-refundable registration fee. Formal entry examinations to the Senior School for boys at age 11 take place in early January (prior to entry the following September).
For the Prep School, there are taster sessions for Nursery and Reception entry and assessment mornings for entry into Years 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. For entry into Year 3 there is an assessment day for all candidates in early November in the year prior to entry.
Friday 27th September 2019 – Year 3 Taster Afternoon
Friday 11th October 2019 – Reception Taster Afternoon
Thursday 7th November 2019 – Year 3 Assessment Day
Monday 13th January 2020 – 11+ Entrance Examinations
Tuesday 14th January 2020 – 11+ Scholarship Assessments
Wednesday 15th January 2020 – 11+ Scholarship Assessments
Thursday 16th January 2020 – Year 3 Academic Scholarship Assessments
Friday 17th January 2020 – Year 3 Music and Sports Scholarship Assessments
11+ Entrance Examination Information
Scholarship Assessments (Art, Drama, Music and Sports) at 11+ are taken at the beginning of January and will be offered in conjunction with entrance examination results. Acceptances must be received by the school before the first Monday in March. Academic scholarships are awarded based on the performance in the entrance examinations.
Scholarship Assessments (Academic, Music and Sports) for 7+ entry are also taken at the beginning of January – candidates must have passed the standard entry assessment prior to sitting for a scholarship.
Criteria for Admission
Places are offered following the satisfactory completion of examination papers set by the school and receipt of a written confidential report from the Head of their present school. The Headmaster is entitled to take into account any particular attribute of the student that suggests they may benefit from the general ethos of the school.
Cranmore is a highly popular school, and we welcome applications from pupils of all abilities, including those with very mild learning difficulties. The Headmaster is, however, entitled to refuse admission to a student with special educational needs if he feels the school does not have the provision to assist with those needs.
Cranmore has a policy of encouraging applications from any pupil who would benefit from a place at the school. As part of widening access, bursaries are available at all points of entry and may be up to 50% fees. In addition, there is funding available for bursarial help where parents have experienced unforeseen financial hardship. Means-tested application forms are available from Mrs Charles, Director of Admissions.
A 10% reduction in fees is offered from Reception upwards (for the second and subsequent children) when two siblings or more are at Cranmore and/or St Teresa’s at the same time. Students who have brothers or sisters at the school are, where possible, given priority on entry.
To register your son or daughter for a place at Cranmore please complete and return the Registration Form which can be found at the back of your prospectus or is downloadable → here.