Joining the School

There are six main steps in the entry process to Oakham School:

  1. Come and visit us

    The best way to get a feel for Oakham life is to see the School in action. Find out how to arrange a visit or book an Open Morning
  2. Register

    After visiting, you can make your interest in the School clear by registering with us. This 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. Please complete our registration form and return it by post to the Admissions team. We can also accept a scanned copy by email to
  3. Confirm your interest

    To confirm that Oakham is your first choice of school, we will request a deposit, which is refundable if we are unable to offer you a place. The timing of this request depends on the proposed entry point. Once we’ve received your deposit, we will provisionally assign you a House and make you an offer of a place, subject to our entry requirements being fulfilled.
  4. If applicable, sit the pre-test.

    This would take place two years before entry into Form 3/Year 9, during the first or second term of Year 7.

  5. Sit the entrance exam (and scholarship exams if applicable)

    Your child will be invited to sit the entrance exam at the School, unless they are already sitting the Common Entrance exam at their own school. If your child is applying for a scholarship, there will be additional assessments around this time. View upcoming exam dates.
  6. Accept your offer

    If you fulfil the entry requirements – congratulations! We will make you an offer of a place. Once you’ve accepted your offer, we will send you information on everything you need to know, from school uniform to induction dates.

For information about school uniform and other items to bring with you please click here