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How to apply

St Peter's 13-18

How to apply

School front Autumn 2016

Pupils may choose to join us at St Peter's 2-8, St Peter's 8-13 or St Peter’s 13-18. When you apply, our friendly admissions team will guide you through our application process. Before applying, we encourage you to join us for one of our Open Events or arrange a visit to explore the School.

Application Process for St Peter's 13-18

Most children joining the Senior School will join at age 13 in the Third Form, or age 16, for the Lower Sixth. If spaces are available, it is also possible to join the Fourth Form at age 14 at the beginning of the two-year GCSE programme. We will occasionally consider applications for Fifth Form and Upper Sixth if places exist, but transfers during the course of GCSE or A-level programmes can be complicated, and we generally advise against moving at these stages if it can be avoided.

St Peter’s 13-18 is oversubscribed. You should aim to apply at least a year in advance, and certainly by 31 December, wherever possible. We are very happy to supply all the advice and guidance you may need during the admissions process, and we would encourage you to visit us and ask as many questions as possible to ensure you have all the information you need to choose the right school for your child.

We also offer means-tested Help with Fees bursaries for children entering Year 7, Year 9 or Sixth Form, and you can enquire about this process when you apply. 

For advice on all aspects of the Admission and Bursary process, contact Mrs Gillian Bland on 01904 527 305, or by email at

The application deadline is 31 December for entry the following September. If this deadline has passed, please contact us to discuss further.

To apply for a place, please complete our online application form and send your registration fee of £75 via bank transfer*. If you require any help with this process, please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Gillian Bland on 01904 527 305 or by email at

*You will find our bank transfer information on our application form. 

Further information about applying for Help with Fees.

Entry at Third Form (Year 9)

Children will usually join the Third Form in the September after their 13th birthday, although a child whose birthday falls very near the cut off may be considered for entry a year earlier or later. Applications should be received by 31 December, and children will sit our entrance exam in January. The assessment consists of tests in Maths, English and general intelligence, together with an interview. We will request a reference and reports from the child's current school and take them into account. If a child sits the Common Entrance exam, the results of this will also be considered.

We will generally let you know about the outcome of your application within two weeks of the entrance exam.

Entry at Lower Sixth (Year 12)

Lower Sixth is the first year of the two-year A-level course, and a very popular entry point. Candidates are assessed in their preferred subjects for A-level, in addition to completing an interview. Reports, references and predicted grades are requested from the current school and are taken into account.

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to the Sixth Form is six GCSE at grade 6, or equivalent. However, entry is extremely competitive and in most circumstances it is likely that candidates will need to perform well above this level to be successful in securing a place. We are happy to provide further advice during the admissions process.

The Entrance Exam for those wishing to join the Lower Sixth takes place in November each year. 

Overseas candidates who are unable to attend at St Peter’s on entrance exam day may make arrangements to take their tests closer to home. Gillian Bland, our Admissions Officer, will be pleased to provide advice and guidance in making these arrangements.

Candidates who perform particularly well in the November exam will be offered a place by 1 December. However, those candidates who perform less strongly may be placed on a waiting list, with final decisions being made in February.

We may choose to make a firm offer or a conditional offer to candidates. Where a conditional offer is made, the candidate must meet any specified criteria – such as achieving certain grades at GCSE – before the place can be confirmed.

For advice on all aspects of the Admission and Bursary process, contact Mrs Gillian Bland on 01904 527 305, or by email at

Key Dates for September 2022 Entry

31 October 2021

16+ Application Deadline

13 November 2021

16+ Entrance Exams

31 December 2021

13+ Application Deadline

22 January 2022

13+ Entrance Exams 

25 & 26 January 2022

Music Award Auditions

Cancellation Notice and Form

If you have accepted a place at St Peter’s School and now wish to cancel it, please click here for our cancellation notice and form.