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The Application Process

Thank you for your interest in joining Farringtons School. In this section you will find all of the resources you need to make an application; you can also view our Admissions Policy.


To make an admission enquiry about a Day place please contact the Registrar, Mrs Bernadette Thompson on 020 8467 0256 (or email If you are enquiring or applying for a Boarding place, please contact Mrs Fiona Vail on 020 8467 0256 (or email

Alternatively, you can request a prosectus or download a registration form (a copy of this form is also included at the back of our prospectus).

Registration forms are accepted on the understanding that pupils will not be offered a place until they have fulfilled Farringtons School’s entry requirements. Applications are considered for Senior School pupils at any stage during their secondary education with main entry points being Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+), Year 10 (14+) and Sixth Form (16+).

Registrations are welcome at any time, usually following a visit to the School. Receipt of a completed registration form and fee is required prior to a child spending a taster day and completing the Senior School entrance examination.

There is a registration fee of £75 which is non-refundable.


Foundation Stage

All Pre-Reception and Reception applicants will be required to undertake an age appropriate assessment/taster session.

Years 1 to 6

All Junior Department applicants will be required to spend a day in school with their year group and will be assessed in Literacy and Numeracy. External applicants must have a reference and/or report from their current school. Pupils applying from overseas who are unable to join Farringtons for a day may be asked to complete assessment papers under controlled conditions in their current school.   


Year 7

An entrance examination is held in the Autumn Term prior to transfer. External applicants must have a reference and report from their current school and will be interviewed.

The examination consists of papers in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Problem Solving

Sample English and Mathematics papers will be posted in advance of the examination day to parents who have registered their child for the examination. We also invite registered applicants to Year 7 to an optional Saturday morning workshop before the entrance examination takes place; this provides students with an opportunity to meet other applicants, teachers and take part in lively and fun activities organised by a range of departments. Applicants are able to select which subject workshops they wish to attend. These events are very popular and early registration is therefore encouraged.

Years 8 to 10

Entrance papers must be taken for entry to any part of the Senior School and applicants will also be interviewed. The examination papers are taken at Farringtons; in the case of overseas applicants the examinations may be taken at a pupil’s current school under controlled conditions. A report and/or reference from an applicant’s current school is also required.

Sixth Form 

Students must have five GCSEs grade 4 or above to study at this level, usually with a grade 5-6 in the subjects to be studied. External applicants must have a reference from their current school and complete a Sixth Form Application Form. They will also be interviewed by a senior member of staff.

Entry from one School department - Juniors or Seniors - to another within the School is not automatic. Pupils need to be able to demonstrate a satisfactory standard of academic ability and be interviewed by the Head or a senior member of staff.