There are three main entry points to join Bloxham School, although we welcome students at other stages if there are spaces available.
We welcome applications from international students, with main entry points at age 13 (Third Form) and 16 (Sixth Form), along with some shorter boarding places at 14 (Fourth Form). More information about applying from overseas is available here.
11+ Entry to Lower School (Exham House)
Pupils registered to join Bloxham’s First Form, at 11, will be invited to an assessment day in November before their year of entry. During the process, each candidate will have an interview with a member of staff and sit English, maths and verbal reasoning papers. We try to make the day as informal as possible, with distracting activities and lots of refreshment breaks to help the children relax and enjoy themselves. Offers of places are made based upon performance across the day.
Specimen papers are available from our Admissions Team.
Academic, art, design and technology, drama and music scholarships are offered at 11. More information regarding the scholarship application process is available here.
13+ Entry into Third Form
Pupils registered to join Bloxham’s Third Form, at 13, will be required to take a pre-test. The pre-test (for which Bloxham uses the ISEB Common Pre-test) will be taken at the candidate’s current school, or at Bloxham School if preferred, in the first term of Year 7. Providing the candidate’s overall score, when taken as a combination of performance in the four tested areas (verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, maths and English) reaches the benchmark standard, they will be invited to attend Bloxham’s Assessment Morning.
The Assessment Morning takes place in November, whilst the candidate is in Year 7 and will comprise 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 three elements – interview, group exercise and school report – considered equally. Places are offered following the Assessment Day. For those sitting Common Entrance, offers are provisional and confirmed following satisfactory performance in this exam.
A further assessment process may be held in May of that year (when the candidate is in Year 7), and/or in the first term of the following year (when the candidate is in Year 8), if space allows.
Academic, art, design and technology, drama, music and sport scholarships are offered at 13+. More information regarding the scholarship application process is available here. Those candidates who are offered academic scholarships are not required to sit the CE to confirm their entry to Bloxham School.
16+ Entry into Sixth Form
Provided there is space, we welcome applications from students wishing to join our Sixth Form at 16. Candidates are required to complete an application form and to attend an interview with the Headmaster of 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.
Academic, art, design and technology, drama, music and sport scholarships are offered at 16+. More information regarding the scholarship application process is available here.
Assessment and scholarship dates 2021/22
|11+ Entrance Exam 2023 entry (Academic Scholarships based on these results)||Deadline has passed||Thursday 17th November 2022|
|11+ Scholarships (Art, Drama, DT Music) 2023 entry||Deadline has passed||Friday 18th November 2022|
|13+ Entrance Exam 2024 entry (ISEB Common Pre-test)||Deadline has passed||Wednesday 9th November (For children not sitting the pre-tests at their current school, this date had been reserved for them to sit at Bloxham)|
|13+ Interview and Activity Morning (for children who have sat the Common Pre-Test for entry in 2024)||By invitation||Saturday 19th November 2022|
|13+ Scholarships (Art, Drama, DT, Music) 2023 entry ||Deadline has passed||Tuesday 22nd November 2022|
|13+ Scholarships (Sport) 2023 entry||Deadline has passed||Monday 21st November 2022|
|13+ Scholarships (Academic) 2023 entry||Friday 14th January 2023||Wednesday 25th - Friday 27th January 2023|
|16+ Scholarships (Academic) 2023 entry||Deadline has passed||Wednesday 23rd November 2022|
|16+ Scholarships (Sport) 2023 entry||Deadline has passed||Tuesday 22nd November 2022|
|16+ Scholarships (Art, Drama, DT, Music, Organ) 2023 entry||Deadline has passed||Thursday 24th November 2022|
|16+ Interview Day (for registered children only)||By invitation||Saturday 3rd December 2022 and Saturday 21st January 2023|