Bloxham School Admissions Procedure

Bloxham School student's creation outside Wilson & Crake HousesThere 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

Pupils registered to join Bloxham's First Form, at 11, will be invited to an assessment day in the November of 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.

Our next assessment day, for those looking to join First Form in September 2018, will take place on Monday 13th November 2017. The closing date for applications is Friday 27th October.

Academic, art, design and technology, drama and music scholarships are offered at 11. More information regarding the scholarship application process is available here.

Specimen papers are available from our admissions team

13+ Entry into Third Form

Students hoping to join our Third Form are invited to participate in a short assessment day, comprising a verbal reasoning test and an informal interview, usually about 20 months before their expected point of entry. The assessment day gives us a good all-round picture of the students' strengths and qualities, based upon which we make provisional offers. These are confirmed by performance in the Common Entrance exams, taken at the end of the Summer Term before they join us; or, for students whose schools do not offer CE, their results in our own entrance exam.

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.

For those seeking to join from September 2019, the arrangements will include a pre-test and Assessment Day. The pre-test (for which Bloxham will use the ISEB Common Pre-test) will be taken at the candidate’s current school or at Bloxham School, if preferred, between November and January during their 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 the school’s Assessment Day, which will takes place the following February (while still in Year 7). The Assessment Day will comprise an interview, group exercise and an unprepared piece of extended writing. Performance on the day will be scored to standard criteria and considered alongside a report from the candidate’s current school, with these four elements – the interview, group exercise, written piece 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 September of the following year (when the candidate is in Year 8), if space allows.

16+ Entry into Sixth Form

Providing 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 or another senior member of staff, following which we can make a provisional offer of a place. This is confirmed by 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

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 Registrar, Fay Hand, 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