Joining Year 9 (13+) | Epsom College

Our admissions process is designed to be as stress-free as possible (for the child and family alike) and to help us to identify the potential in every applicant.

We are looking for children whose talents and interests stretch beyond the curriculum and who will contribute to the life of the College and our community. Our admissions process is in three stages:

  1. Application – where you tell us a little about your child’s interests and achievements
  2. Assessment – all children sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test
  3. Engagement – based on the strength of their results, school reference, and information supplied in the application form, about 500 children are invited to Epsom for half a day, to learn more about us and have their chance to shine.

The timeline for the whole process is outlined below.

Years 4 & 5 Open Mornings

Bookings for our 15 June Open Morning are now open.

Open Mornings are the best way to see Epsom. You will be shown around the College by your own personal pupil guide, taken into departments, Houses, the Lower School and any other areas you wish to see.

At the June event you will also have the chance to hear from our current Head, Sir Anthony Seldon, and Mark Lascelles, our new Head from September 2024.

Senior staff and Admissions colleagues will be available throughout the morning to talk in more detail about the College and answer any questions you have.

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Years 4 & 5 College Tours

Tours for this academic year are now fully booked.

Pupils are unable to provide tours to families during the Summer Term, due to public exams.

However, if you would like to visit the school during the Summer Term, you are welcome to book a place for our June Open Morning (Saturday 15 June).

Dates for our autumn tours will be made available toward the end of July.

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31 October, Year 6 Application

  • The application deadline is 31 October of your child’s Year 6.

Submitting your registration form is the start of our admissions process.

While the ISEB assessments help us to understand your child’s academic potential, we’re looking for more than this. We believe in a well-rounded education.

In your application form, we would like you to tell us your child’s passions, interests and achievements. Let us know how your son or daughter will add to the life and culture of Epsom College.

The online registration form will be available from 1 May, 2024.

Autumn, Year 6 ISEB Assessments

The second part of our admissions process is the ISEB Common Pre-Test. This is designed to identify your child’s academic attainment and potential. There are four tests:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

The tests are online, multiple choice, and ‘adaptive’ – which means the level of difficulty is adapted to your child’s age.

The tests are usually sat at your child’s school, although a small number of children can take the test at Epsom College. Overseas candidates can take the test at a British Council, or other approved, testing centre.

We will send more information once we receive your application form, but you can click below for more information from the ISEB.

Your child must take the test no later than Saturday 23 November 2024.

ISEB Support for Parents ISEB Walkthrough

January, Year 6 Engagement Day

The Engagement Day makes up the third and final part of our admissions process.

Based on their performance in the ISEB assessments, school reference, and information supplied in the application form, 500 children are selected to attend a half-day session at the College. This is where your child discovers what Epsom is all about, and we spend time getting to know each child.

Your child will meet our teachers, fellow candidates and (hopefully) future classmates. There are no more exams or tests, just the opportunity for your child to show us what they are really like, and for us to learn more about them than would be possible in a 15-minute interview.

The Engagement Day will take place in mid-January 2025, the exact date to be confirmed.

February, Year 6 Deferred Places Offered

Offers of deferred places are made in mid-February and parents have one month to let us know their decision.

We consider everything when making our offers, and place great value in getting to know the whole child throughout the admissions process.

We are looking for children who exhibit real engagement, determination and a sense of joy in learning. This is a vital part of the process, as it is important that each child has the chance to thrive as part of a happy, well-balanced community.

These deferred places are conditional on your child’s continued academic progress and satisfactory behaviour and attendance throughout Years 7-8. We will look at school reports, internal examination results and a final transfer reference which we request in the spring of Year 8.

February. Year 6 Offer-Holder Event

We host an event for all our Offer Holders after the February half-term. Parents get the chance to hear from members of our Senior Leadership Team and to take part in a Q&A session.

Your child has the chance to meet other offer-holders and take part in some fun team-building activities.

Everyone is then reunited for food and refreshments.

For 2027 entry, the date for this event is Thursday 20 February.

March, Year 6 Acceptance Deadline

To accept your child’s place at Epsom, we require a confirmation deposit of £4,000. £2,000 of the deposit will be offset against the first term’s fees. The balance of £2,000 will be held in the general funds of the College in accordance with our Terms & Conditions, and will be offset against a pupil’s final account when they leave the College.

February-March, Year 8 Scholarship Assessments

We award scholarships for excellence in academic study, Drama, Music and Sport. Assessments take place in February and March of your child’s Year 8, with exact dates and timings confirmed nearer the time.

If your child is holding a deferred place at Epsom, you will be contacted at the start of Year 8 with further information about scholarships and the application forms.

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Autumn, Year 8 Late Applications

If you missed the Year 6 exams, it may be possible to sit the Epsom College 13+ entrance examination as a late applicant.

Please note however that this is entirely dependent on the availability of places, and in recent years we have been oversubscribed and operating relatively long waiting lists. Therefore you should avoid this route if at all possible. Please contact our Admissions Team to find out current availability before submitting an application.

The exams for late applicants take place in the Autumn of Year 8 and comprise of papers in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. The date for the Year 9/2025 Late Applicant exam will be confirmed in due course.

We do not provide sample Verbal Reasoning papers, but English and Maths past papers are below.

Sample English paper

Sample English mark scheme

Sample Maths paper

Sample Maths mark scheme

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Years 4 & 5 Open Mornings

Bookings for our 15 June Open Morning are now open.

Open Mornings are the best way to see Epsom. You will be shown around the College by your own personal pupil guide, taken into departments, Houses, the Lower School and any other areas you wish to see.

At the June event you will also have the chance to hear from our current Head, Sir Anthony Seldon, and Mark Lascelles, our new Head from September 2024.

Senior staff and Admissions colleagues will be available throughout the morning to talk in more detail about the College and answer any questions you have.

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Years 4 & 5 College Tours

Tours for this academic year are now fully booked.

Pupils are unable to provide tours to families during the Summer Term, due to public exams.

However, if you would like to visit the school during the Summer Term, you are welcome to book a place for our June Open Morning (Saturday 15 June).

Dates for our autumn tours will be made available toward the end of July.

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31 October, Year 6 Application

  • The application deadline is 31 October of your child’s Year 6.

Submitting your registration form is the start of our admissions process.

While the ISEB assessments help us to understand your child’s academic potential, we’re looking for more than this. We believe in a well-rounded education.

In your application form, we would like you to tell us your child’s passions, interests and achievements. Let us know how your son or daughter will add to the life and culture of Epsom College.

The online registration form will be available from 1 May, 2024.

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Autumn, Year 6 ISEB Assessments

The second part of our admissions process is the ISEB Common Pre-Test. This is designed to identify your child’s academic attainment and potential. There are four tests:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

The tests are online, multiple choice, and ‘adaptive’ – which means the level of difficulty is adapted to your child’s age.

The tests are usually sat at your child’s school, although a small number of children can take the test at Epsom College. Overseas candidates can take the test at a British Council, or other approved, testing centre.

We will send more information once we receive your application form, but you can click below for more information from the ISEB.

Your child must take the test no later than Saturday 23 November 2024.

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January, Year 6 Engagement Day

The Engagement Day makes up the third and final part of our admissions process.

Based on their performance in the ISEB assessments, school reference, and information supplied in the application form, 500 children are selected to attend a half-day session at the College. This is where your child discovers what Epsom is all about, and we spend time getting to know each child.

Your child will meet our teachers, fellow candidates and (hopefully) future classmates. There are no more exams or tests, just the opportunity for your child to show us what they are really like, and for us to learn more about them than would be possible in a 15-minute interview.

The Engagement Day will take place in mid-January 2025, the exact date to be confirmed.

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February, Year 6 Deferred Places Offered

Offers of deferred places are made in mid-February and parents have one month to let us know their decision.

We consider everything when making our offers, and place great value in getting to know the whole child throughout the admissions process.

We are looking for children who exhibit real engagement, determination and a sense of joy in learning. This is a vital part of the process, as it is important that each child has the chance to thrive as part of a happy, well-balanced community.

These deferred places are conditional on your child’s continued academic progress and satisfactory behaviour and attendance throughout Years 7-8. We will look at school reports, internal examination results and a final transfer reference which we request in the spring of Year 8.

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February. Year 6 Offer-Holder Event

We host an event for all our Offer Holders after the February half-term. Parents get the chance to hear from members of our Senior Leadership Team and to take part in a Q&A session.

Your child has the chance to meet other offer-holders and take part in some fun team-building activities.

Everyone is then reunited for food and refreshments.

For 2027 entry, the date for this event is Thursday 20 February.

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March, Year 6 Acceptance Deadline

To accept your child’s place at Epsom, we require a confirmation deposit of £4,000. £2,000 of the deposit will be offset against the first term’s fees. The balance of £2,000 will be held in the general funds of the College in accordance with our Terms & Conditions, and will be offset against a pupil’s final account when they leave the College.

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February-March, Year 8 Scholarship Assessments

We award scholarships for excellence in academic study, Drama, Music and Sport. Assessments take place in February and March of your child’s Year 8, with exact dates and timings confirmed nearer the time.

If your child is holding a deferred place at Epsom, you will be contacted at the start of Year 8 with further information about scholarships and the application forms.

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Autumn, Year 8 Late Applications

If you missed the Year 6 exams, it may be possible to sit the Epsom College 13+ entrance examination as a late applicant.

Please note however that this is entirely dependent on the availability of places, and in recent years we have been oversubscribed and operating relatively long waiting lists. Therefore you should avoid this route if at all possible. Please contact our Admissions Team to find out current availability before submitting an application.

The exams for late applicants take place in the Autumn of Year 8 and comprise of papers in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. The date for the Year 9/2025 Late Applicant exam will be confirmed in due course.

We do not provide sample Verbal Reasoning papers, but English and Maths past papers are below.

Sample English paper

Sample English mark scheme

Sample Maths paper

Sample Maths mark scheme

Learn More About Year 9

Discover what life is like in Year 9 for our pupils. Learn more about the structure of the day and week, what sports your child will play and find out about our award-winning co-curricular programme.

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