Joining for Year 7

Admission to Year 7 in September 2018

Entry is by examination. Places are offered to those boys whose performance in the examination indicates that they have the ability to benefit from an academic education. 150 places are available in Year 7.

Please refer to our Admission Policy for further details. 

The Admissions Policy consulted upon in November/December 2016, determined by the School’s Governing Body in February 2017 and published on our website was referred to the Office of the School Adjudicator.  On 30th June 2017, the adjudicator determined that the School must not use the local authority boundary to define a catchment area.  The adjudicator required the Governing Body to revise its admissions arrangements by 1st September 2017.  This is the revised policy, which we believe addresses the adjudicator’s concerns.  The revisions are shown in red on the policy.

The formal consultation will run from the 14th July to the 25th August 2017.  Comments on this consultation may be:

Your views on any aspect of the school's admission arrangements will be sent to the governing body for consideration.  Please ensure you respond to the formal consultation by the 25th August 2017. 


Key Dates

Key Dates for Admission to Year 7 in September 2018
Registration Form available on-line 24 April 2017
Open Evening 6 July 2017 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Closing date for Admissions Policy Consultation 25 August 2017
Determined Admissions Policy published on website by 1 September 2017
Register for Testing - closing date 8 September 2017 (12.00 noon)
Access Arrangements Form - deadline 11 September 2017
Parents receive Test Information by 16 September 2017
Entrance Tests 23 September 2017
Results of Entrance Tests posted 1st class 13 October 2017
Application to local authorities - closing date 31 October 2017
Offers - posted by local authorities 1 March 2018

Open Evening

We invite you to attend our Open Evening on Thursday, 6 July 2017 from 6.30pm-8.30pm, when you will have an opportunity to look around the school and to speak with students and staff. We strongly recommend that you attend the evening with your son to obtain all the information regarding the admission process and we hope that you will find your visit interesting and informative.

Throughout the evening there will be opportunities for you to hear from the Headmaster, Dr Lewis, about aspects of the school and, particularly, about the process of admissions into Year 7.

The three talks, which last about 20 minutes, will be at:

  • 6.30 pm
  • 7.15 pm
  • 8.00 pm

Register for Testing

The Admissions Code of Practice in paragraph 1.32 (c) states that the school must:

"inform parents of the outcome of selection tests before parents make applications for other schools – while making clear that this does not equate to a guarantee of a selective place"

All applicants must register their wish to sit the entrance tests with the school before 12.00 midday on  Friday, 8 September 2017.  The Year 7 Registration Form for 2018 may be accessed and completed through the school website.

A registration after the closing date for test registrations will only be accepted for the entrance tests, where the school is satisfied that illness, bereavement or other circumstance beyond the control of the parent(s) prevented a timely registration or the child moved into the area after the closing date for test registration. Evidence will be required in these circumstances.

Late notification of the testing timetable by a child's current school or otherwise will not be accepted as a reason why timely registration was not possible. Where the school is not satisfied that a timely registration was prevented, any preference expressed for the school on a Local Authority common application form will be refused on the grounds that the school's admission criteria had not been met.

For children whose registration or common application form (or both) were submitted after the closing dates, there will be an opportunity to sit the school entrance tests for consideration after the first round of allocations.  Please contact the school for further information.

Where a child is unable to sit the entrance tests through illness, bereavement or other circumstance beyond the control of the parent(s) or the child moved into the area after the test dates, the school will make arrangements for testing to take place as soon as practicable. Evidence will be required in these circumstances. Children sitting these tests will be considered alongside those children who sat the tests in September 2017.

Entrance Tests

The selection or entrance tests take place on: Saturday, 23 September 2017.

Students seeking admission into year 7 take tests in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning. All tests are set to be appropriate for the students in their final year of the KS2 national curriculum. It is acknowledged that candidates are unlikely to have covered all of the work that is tested — the tests take account of this. Further details of the entrance are available on the Admission Tests page.

Results of Entrance Tests

The results of the tests will be sent to parents by first class post on Friday, 13 October 2017.

The results will indicate the score and whether the student has met the required standard (and is "eligible" for admission). It is important to note that meeting the required standard and being considered eligible does not guarantee that your son will be offered a place at Bournemouth School as the school is usually oversubscribed.


After sitting the entrance tests for Bournemouth School application must be made through your 'home' Local Authority's application system (ie. the Local Authority in whose area you reside).  In most Local Authorities it is possible to apply on-line. If your home authority is not Bournemouth, your Local Authority will pass your expression of interest to Bournemouth. The contact details of the Local Authorities adjacent to Bournemouth are available under FAQs. The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 31 October 2017. Please note that late applications will not be considered until all applications received on time have been processed.


Offers of a school place are posted by your 'home' local authority on 1 March 2018.