The step-by-step process
1. Make an enquiry
2. Visit the school
3. Choose your boarding preference
4. Register your child
5. Entrance examinations
6. Offer and acceptance of place
7. Induction
1

Make an enquiry

Our friendly and experienced Admissions team are pleased to guide you through each stage and arrange a visit to the school or answer any questions you may have regarding life and learning at Bloxham School.

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Visit the school

To get the best feel for the school and its fit for your child, we recommend joining one of our open events or visiting for a personal tour.

Bloxham hosts open events throughout the academic year, enabling you to experience the life of the school on a working day. This includes Open Mornings and a Sixth Form Taster Evening. To book onto our next open event, click here.

We also offer a personal tour of the school on a date to suit you and your family, accompanied by a member of Bloxham staff who will be able to advise you as to what the school can offer in terms of curricular, pastoral, careers and extra-curricular support. Following your tour, you will be invited to meet the Headmaster or a senior member of staff, who can provide more detail about our educational ethos. To book your personal tour, click here.

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Choose your boarding preference

Bloxham offers provision for boarding, day boarding and limited places for day house students. Offers of places will be tied to a boarding preference, so it is very important to make your choice clear when registering. To find out more about the boarding and day options available, click here.

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Register your child

Registering your child will secure a provisional place at the school, which will be confirmed if they achieve the grades required in their entrance exams. Each prospective child must be registered before they can sit these exams and must sit the exams to earn a place at the school. Once you have decided to register your interest in our school formally, you will be asked to fill out our registration form and pay a fee of £200. Methods of payment are detailed within the registration form.

Click here to find deadline dates for registration and scholarship entries for each year of entry.

Download Registration Form

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Entrance examinations

Entrance examinations are held for those wishing to join at age 11 or 13. Sample papers are available from our Admissions team.

First form entry

Registered candidates will join an Assessment Morning which includes an interview, English, maths and verbal reasoning papers and activities to help the children relax and enjoy themselves. Examinations are taken in the first term of Year 6. For 2023 entry, the 11+ entrance examination is on 17th November 2022.

Third form entry

Registered candidates will sit the ISEB Common Pre-test in the first term of Year 7.  The tests are in English, maths, verbal and non verbal reasoning. Providing the candidate’s overall score, when taken as a combination of performance in the four tested areas reaches the benchmark standard, they will be invited to attend Bloxham’s Assessment Day. This includes an interview and a group exercise.

Performance on the day will be scored to standard criteria and considered alongside a report from the candidate’s current school with each of the elements – entrance exam, interview, group exercise and school report – considered together.

For children not sitting the pre-tests at their current school, the tests will be taken at Bloxham for September 2024 entry on 9th November 2022.

Please note that parents are required to register their child for the ISEB Common Pre-Test. For further information, please visit the ISEB website.

Sixth form entry

For Sixth Form entry, candidates are required to complete an application form and to attend an interview with the Headmaster or another senior member of staff, following which we can make a provisional offer of a place. Places are confirmed following satisfactory performance in the GCSE exams.

We would normally expect students to achieve a minimum of six GCSEs, including maths and English, at grades 9 to 5 (or grade equivalent). Students should achieve a grade 6 or above in those subjects they wish to take at A Level (and a grade 7, if studying maths and the sciences). For subjects with no associated GCSE, the grades achieved in other subjects will be taken into consideration. Entry onto A Level courses will be at the discretion of the Deputy Head, Curriculum.

International Pupils

Our admissions process, including entrance examinations, differs a little for those students who join us from overseas. For more details, please head to our International Admissions page.

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Offer and acceptance of place

Offers for 11+ and 13+ candidates are made in December. Offers for 16+ are provisional based on your child achieving the required GCSE grades.

On accepting the place, you will be asked to pay a fee of £1,500 (including a refundable deposit of £300 and a lifetime membership to the Old Bloxhamist Society, also at £300).

For 16+, You are asked to notify us of your child’s GCSE results and, providing these meet the required standard, we will confirm their place.

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Induction

Once your child’s place is confirmed you will be sent a joining pack in the term before they start which includes a wealth of information to help you prepare for their start at Bloxham School. In addition, we hold a variety of social events and induction days to help the whole family settle into our community.

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