Entrance procedures

Pupils normally join the School at 1st Form (11+), 3rd Form (13+) or Sixth Form (16+). Entry is possible into other year groups depending on individual circumstances.


Prospective pupils and their families are always welcome to visit the School either by attending the Open Mornings or by making an individual visit. This will normally involve a meeting with the Head, or with the Director of Admissions, and taking a tour of the School with a pupil. Either option may be arranged through the Admissions Office who can be reached via admissions@kesw.org or on +44 (0)1428 686735.

Test date for Year 7 and Year 9 entry is Saturday 11th January 2020 (overflow date is Monday 13th January 2020).  Registrations by Friday 29th November 2019 would be much appreciated.  The deadline for Scholarship applications is Monday 2nd December 2019.


Families interested in admission are requested to register by returning an application form together with a non-returnable registration fee of £150 (made payable to King Edward’s School Witley) to the Admissions Office.

A pupil must be registered to be eligible to take the School entrance examination.

Entry at 11+, 12+ and 13+

(1st, 2nd and 3rd Forms)

Candidates who wish to enter the School in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Forms are required to sit an entrance examination at the School in the January of the year of entry. Later applicants can sit the tests by separate arrangements. Alternative arrangements can be made for overseas applicants who are unable to travel to the School.

At 13+ Pre-testing option from an independent prep school

You may register your child at any time following your initial enquiry. If you would like your child to sit the pre-test in Year 6 or Year 7, to be considered for a place in Year 9, then please contact Admissions. Pupils are still required to sit the Common Entrance tests which take place at the prep school in the June of the year of entry.. 

Both the pre-test and January entrance tests have three components:

  • A verbal reasoning test – this test is not required for those for whom English is not their first language
  • A Mathematics test based upon the relevant level of the National Curriculum
  • An English test of comprehension and free writing
  • An interview to assess suitability for the broad education provided by the School

As part of the Admissions process, a report from the Head Teacher of the applicant’s present school is required.

Entry at 14+ and 15+

(4th Form, 5th Form and Pre Sixth Form)

For applicants where the medium of education is English, the assessment is completed by an interview and by a report from the Head Teacher of the applicant’s present school. It is possible for a Skype interview to be undertaken for those who are unable to travel from overseas to the School. For those whose education has been delivered mainly in a language other than English, there are entrance tests in English and Mathematics. In addition an interview may also be required.

Entry at 16+

(Sixth Form)

Acceptance into the Sixth Form is conditional upon candidates meeting the entrance requirements of the School. For those taking GCSE, IGCSE or equivalent, the expectation is for a minimum of 6 A* - C grades (equivalent to 9-4 in new grade system) including Mathematics and English. Under normal circumstances a place will be offered following an interview and the receipt of a satisfactory report from the Head Teacher of the applicant’s present school. For those who are not following GCSE or equivalent courses, it is necessary to complete written tests in English and Mathematics and to have an interview.

Overseas applicants

Applicants can take the School’s entrance tests at an approved overseas centre or at the pupil’s present school, by special arrangement.

School reference

For entrants at all ages King Edward’s will approach a candidate’s present school for a report on their current progress.

Offers and acceptance of places

Pupils who have been successful in the entrance examinations will be offered places at the School, normally within two weeks of the examinations. The formal date for acceptance of an offer is the first Monday in March. However, early acceptance is advised. Acceptances that arrive after all places have been filled will be placed on a waiting list.

Acceptances received outside this time frame will lapse and there will be no guarantee of places.