You can apply to join Oakham School from the age of 10 (Year 6). The three main entry points are at age 10 & 11 (Year 6 & 7), age 13 (Year 9) and age 16 (Year 12). However, we welcome pupils at other stages if there are spaces available. There are five main stages in the admissions process to Oakham School.
1. Visit the School
The best way to get a feel for Oakham life and to see the School in action is to attend an Open Event. There is also the option to book an individual visit. These are great opportunities for you to discuss with us how the School can best cater for your child’s needs and help them thrive.
2. Register your child
Complete our registration form, along with a registration fee of £150. Parents are welcome to register their child with us at any time. We ask that registrations are received by the following dates in the year prior to intended entry:
- 16+ entry: early November (early October if applying for a scholarship).
- 13+ and 10+/11+ entry: end of November.
Please also send the following:
- A colour copy of your child’s full birth certificate (the version which names parents).
- A colour copy of your child’s passport (the photo page).
- If applicable, a copy of any educational psychologist report (or any other specialist report) for your child.
Registering your child doesn’t imply any commitment; it just means we can keep in touch with you and let you know when you need to take further action.
3. Sit the entrance assessments
Oakham School is a selective school, so your child will need to sit our entrance assessments, appropriate to their age, and have an interview in order to join us. Our admissions process also requires a confidential reference from your child’s current school.
4. Offer and acceptance of place
Offers for 10/11+ and 13+ candidates are made in February. Offers for 16+ candidates are provisional based on your child achieving the required GCSE grades.
On acceptance, we will ask you to pay a deposit in order to secure the place. The deposit is returned at the end of your child’s time at the School.
Once we have confirmed your child’s place, we will send you a joining pack in the term before they start. This will include a wealth of information to help you prepare for your child’s start at Oakham School. In addition, we hold a Familiarisation Day in June and an Induction Day at the end of August/beginning of September to welcome your child and your family to the Oakham community and help you settle in.