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Admissions 8-13

Pupils may choose to join us at St Peter's 2-8, St Peter's 8-13 or St Peter’s 13-18. Whenever you decide to apply, our friendly admissions team will guide you through our application process.

Points of entry to St Peter's 8-13 

The standard points of entry are at ages 8, 10 and 11, (Year 4, Year 6 and Year 7). Each year we are usually able to offer up to six Year 4 places, ten Year 6 places and eighteen Year 7 places.

Occasionally places are available at age 9 and 12 and can be considered on request. 

The majority of our places are offered in February. Applicants applying after this time may well find that there are only Waiting List places available.

Please phone us on 01904 527391 to find out the current position.

The entry process:

1. Applying  

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

If you are ready to apply for entry to St Peter's 8-13, you can complete our online application form.

All information for the admissions process will automatically be sent to you once your application form has been received

2. Meeting the Head and Boarding House

As part of the entry process Mr Falconer, the Head, will meet with all children who are sitting the entrance assessments. This is an important part of the process. All applicants will be contacted in the Christmas term to arrange this meeting.

3. Entrance Assessments

All prospective pupils must pass the school’s entrance assessment. 

The entrance assesments take place in the January of the year of entry.

You will be sent a letter with details of the entrance assessments in the second half term of the Christmas term. You will also be sent a form to complete, where you can tell us about your child’s interests and achievements. 

Although the assessment papers are a major element in selection, the offer will be subject to a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current Head Teacher. You will be sent this report to give to your child’s Head Teacher before the assessments take place. 

The entrance assessments will include computer-based maths, English and reasoning tests, a creative writing paper and a group task. We do not expect pupils to prepare or revise for the tests as they are designed to show us how a pupil thinks, rather than what they have covered in the curriculum.

4. Offer of a place

Candidates are informed of the outcome of the application process in February. Should a year be oversubscribed, some pupils may be invited to join a waiting list, from which offers can be made at any time up to the beginning of the new school year should a place become available.

Other admissions information:

1.Help with fees

Fee assistance is means-tested and some funds are made available for entry to J4 (Year 7). Applications should reach the school by 31 December for a place in the following September.

Please contact Mrs Gillian Bland, Admissions Officer, for further information at

2. Applying to be a Chorister

We are proud to be the Choir School for York Minster. We are responsible for educating York Minster’s girl and boy choristers, ensuring the continuance of a centuries-old choral tradition.  

A love of singing is the key to becoming a chorister. We are looking for boys and girls who enjoy making music, are enthusiastic about learning and will bring their own passions and personalities to St Peter’s School.  

To find out more about life as a chorister and how to apply, please visit the York Minster Choristers section of our website. 

Policy for Entry

Please click to see the Policy for entry to St Peter's 8-13 and progression to St Peter's 13-18.


We look forward to welcoming you and taking you through the application process. 

Miss Sara Bath, Head's PA

01904 527391 or email

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.