Epsom is not an academic hothouse, and the aim of the admissions process is to identify potential. We are looking for well-rounded pupils whose interests stretch beyond the confines of the curriculum and whose personal attributes suggest that they have the potential to contribute to the life of the College and enjoy the many opportunities on offer.
31 October, Year 6: Registration deadline.
If you would like your child to be considered for a place in Year 9 you must complete the registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £100 before the closing date of 31 October in Year 6.
Completed registration forms should be returned by post to Admissions, Epsom College, College Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4JQ.
Autumn, Year 6: Interviews with teaching staff.
We feel it is important for your child to meet the staff who will be teaching them, and guiding them through their first years at Epsom. All candidates will have a short interview with a senior member of teaching staff at some point in the autumn term of their Year 6.
This is an opportunity for us to get to know your child a little. We understand the competitive nature of applying for schools, but would advise against coaching for interviews – we far prefer to see the child’s true interests and personality.
January, Year 6: Assessments.
Your child will sit papers, here at the College, in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. Past papers can be found below. These tests will be supported by a report from your child’s current school.
Assessment dates for 2022 entry.
- 7, 8 and 9 January 2020
We don’t provide sample papers for Verbal Reasoning, but there are many books available with sample papers and useful tests. Those produced by Bond are most similar to the tests we set. The Bond website has many useful resources.
February, Year 6: Deferred places offered.
If your child is offered a deferred place at Epsom, it will remain open for one month.
All children at Prep Schools offered a deferred place following our assessments are still expected to take the Common Entrance exam at their school in June of Year 8.
March, Year 6: Deadline for accepting deferred places.
To accept the place the College will request a confirmation deposit of £3,000. £2,000 of the deposit will be offset against the first term’s fees. The balance of £1,000 will be held in the general funds of the College in accordance with our Terms and Conditions, and this sum will be offset against a pupil’s final account when they leave the College.
February-March, Year 8: Scholarship assessments.
Scholarships are awarded for excellence in academic study, the performing arts or sport.
June, Year 8: Common Entrance exams.
A deferred place is not dependent on the results of your child’s Common Entrance exam, except where their results fall below our benchmark of 55-60%.
If your child fails to meet this required standard, the deferred place may be withdrawn and the confirmation fee refunded.
Children joining from the state sector.
Children attending state schools, or other schools that do not prepare pupils for Common Entrance, must sit Epsom’s papers in Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. These papers will be taken in the January of your child’s Year 8.