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Bloxham School Admissions Procedure

Bloxham School student's creation outside Wilson & Crake HousesAny parents interested in securing a place in First Form, Third Form or Sixth Form should contact: [email protected]

There are three main entry points to join Bloxham School, although we welcome students at other stages if there are spaces available:

11+ Entry into 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, before October half term in 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 Day. 

The Assessment Day takes place in November, whilst the candidate is in Year 7. The Assessment Day 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 Assesment Day. For those sitting Common Entrnace, 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 September 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 satifactory 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

Registration Form and Scholarship Application Submission Deadlines

13+ Scholarships (on Art, Drama, DT, Music, Sport) 2021 entry - Monday 14th September 2020

11+ (Year 7) 2021 entrance exam - Friday 9th October 2020

13+ (Year 9) ISEB common pre-test for 2022 entry - Friday 16th October 2020

16+ Scholarships (Academic, Art, Drama, DT, Music, Sport) - Friday 16th October 2020

We are able to offer a number of means-tested bursaries every year, more detail can be found on our Bursaries page.

We welcome applications from international students, with main entry points at 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.

Say hello…

We would love to show you around the school on either a personal visit or on an Open Day.

Please email our Head of Admissions, Lorraine Roper, to arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions and entry requirements.

Bloxham, Banbury
Oxfordshire OX15 4PE
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1295 724301