Senior School 13+

Year 9 is a formal entry point at Alleyn’s and we normally have space for 10–20 boys and girls to join our current pupils who transition from the Lower School – where they have spent the first two years of their senior school education – to the Middle School.

We welcome applications from a wide range of independent preparatory schools and local state schools. The children who ultimately join Alleyn’s in Year 9 are academically able, and we hope that they will embrace all aspects of life at Alleyn’s, both inside and outside the classroom.

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We work hard to ensure that pupils joining Alleyn’s in Year 9 quickly feel part of the school community. We have induction and team-building events for new joiners at the beginning of Year 9 and all pupils starting Year 9 – including those moving up from Year 8 – join one of eight Houses.  The Housemasters and House Tutors become pivotal staff – along with the Middle School team - in the pastoral support of each pupil.

As with the other points of entry at Alleyn’s, we aim to make the whole process as friendly, smooth and clear as possible. Our admissions team is on hand to guide parents through the various steps from initial interest, to visiting the School, to registration, to assessment and to confirmation of the outcome.

During the assessment phase, we gain an understanding of the whole child, so whilst there is a strong focus on academic ability and potential, we also want to understand what each individual will be able to take from the co-curricular life of the school.

In Year 9 we offer a number of academic, music and sport scholarships to pupils of exceptional merit. We also offer means-tested financial assistance to those families who could not otherwise afford an Alleyn’s education. The level of assistance varies in value up to 100% of the annual fees, and is dependent on the financial circumstances of the parents.

The main steps to 13+ entry:

Step 1: Open Day: We encourage you to visit the School before applying for a place. We hold open events in the Advent term:

  • Open events will take place on Wednesday 12 September at 2.00 pm, Saturday 29 September from 9.30 am until midday and Wednesday 7 November at 2.00pm. All are welcome and no booking is required.
  • Our Music Department Open Day for potential 11+ and 13+ Music Scholars will take place on Wednesday 17 October. Reservations are essential for this event. Please reserve your place here. We will contact parents in October to confirm arrangements.

Step 2: Application: Once you have decided that Alleyn's is the right school for your son or daughter, the next step is to apply for a place before the registration deadline. Upon registration we will seek a confidential reference from your child’s current school. 

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Step 3: Exam: We examine all candidates in English, Maths and Reasoning (the online CEM test).

Step 4: Interviews: We invite around 50 candidates back for our small group activity and interview day. Candidates participate in a range of individual and small group activities (none of which are based on the curriculum and no preparation is expected) followed by a short one-to-one interview with a member of the Middle School team.

Step 5: Decisions: Places are awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential. Offers are sent out by post in mid-February.

Key Dates for September 2019 Entry

Key dates for September 2019 entry:

Registration period opens Saturday 1 September 2018
Open event Wednesday 12 September at 2.00 pm
Open event Saturday 29 September from 9.30 am to midday
Music Department Open Day for potential 11+ and 13+ Music Scholars Wednesday 17 October (reservations necessary)
Open event Wednesday 7 November at 2.00 pm
Registration period closes Friday 16 November 2018 at midday
Sports Scholarship Assessment Day Monday 3 December 2018
Music Scholarship Auditions

Wednesday 9 January 2019

Thursday 10 January 2019

Friday 11 January 2019

Entrance and Scholarship Examination Saturday 12 January 2019
Interviews and small group activities for selected candidates Saturday 2 February 2019
Results letters posted by first class mail Thursday 14 February 2019

Scholarship Assessments

Academic Scholarships

All 13+ candidates are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship and everyone sits the same entrance examination papers. The strongest candidates across the written assessments and the small group activity and interview day are offered an academic scholarship. (There are no additional academic scholarship interviews.) Academic scholarships are normally worth up to £4,000 per year.

Music Scholarships 

Music Scholarships are awarded to musicians of exceptional ability and are worth up to £4,000 per year, plus free tuition on the scholar’s principal instrument. Selected candidates attend a 30-minute audition to play two instruments (or voice and one instrument), usually to at least Grade VI standard on their principal instrument.

Music Exhibitions are awarded to those who have outstanding musical ability but do not qualify for a Music Scholarship. A Music Exhibition funds tuition in one instrument throughout a pupil’s time at the School.

In addition, the WJ Smith Trust offers financial assistance up to 100% of the school fees to young musicians who demonstrate exceptional musical promise at the music scholarship auditions. The WJ Smith award is means-tested and assists families who could not afford the school fees.

Sports Scholarships 

Sports Scholarships are worth up to £4,000 per year. They are awarded to candidates with considerable potential and in recognition of a very high sporting standard. Candidates are assessed through a range of group activities involving a variety of sporting skills.

Sports Exhibitions are worth £250 per year, and may be made to those demonstrating significant ability as a contribution towards the cost of participation in, and equipment for, sports activities.

Overseas Applications

All candidates, including those based overseas, are required to complete the 13+ entrance assessments at Alleyn’s in London. All candidates sit the formal written assessments in the morning and then in the afternoon they participate in the small group activities and have their one-to-one interview.

Sample Papers

13+ Mathematics  (Paper 1)

13+ Mathematics (Paper 2) 

13+ English (Paper 1)

13+ English (Paper 2)

Download the 13+ examination syllabus here.

For a 13+ Reasoning test familiarisation demonstration click here

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit Alleyn’s?

Our open events are held during the Advent (autumn) term. There are two Wednesday open afternoons and one Saturday open morning. Reservations are not necessary for these events and everyone is welcome.

Children in Year 8 might also wish to attend the special Music Department open day for potential scholars. Places are limited for this event and reservations are necessary. To reserve a place please visit the School website from 1 July.

When can I register my child for 13+ entry to Year 9?

You can register your child for 13+ entry when he or she commences Year 8. The registration period always opens on 1 September and for 2019 entry will close at midday on Friday 16 November. We do not accept early applications or undertake any pre-testing: everyone who is registered is invited to sit the entrance examinations.

Complete registration forms and registration fees must arrive with the Registrar before the registration deadline. Registration forms arriving after the registration deadline, for whatever reason, will be returned.

How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee is £100 for candidates who live in the UK. The registration fee for candidates who live overseas is £200. You must pay the registration fee when you submit your registration form.

I cannot afford the registration fee. Can I still register my child?

The registration fee is not payable if your child qualifies for the Pupil Premium. You must provide written evidence of the Pupil Premium when you submit your child’s registration form.

I cannot afford Alleyn’s school fees. Can my child still be considered for a place?

Yes. You can apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of your child’s school fees. This financial assistance is means-tested. Once you have submitted your child’s registration form we will send you a special Bursary Application Form for you to complete and return. This will provide us with important information about your family’s financial situation, which will be assessed by the School Bursar.

The Alleyn’s entrance examination clashes with another entrance examination, or is inconvenient. Can my child sit the entrance examination on another day?

All candidates are expected to sit the entrance examinations on the published date and it is not possible to offer alternative arrangements. Please inform the Registrar of any examination clashes.

Uniform List

View the 2018/19 Uniform List. 

Supplier Contact Details

Johnlewis.com, have an online ordering service.  If you prefer to shop in person, you can visit the Schoolwear department at Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EL, telephone 020 7881 6338.  Opening hours are Monday – Saturday 9.30 am – 7.00 pm (Wednesday till 8.00 pm), Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm.

schoolblazer.com, have an online ordering service for sports kit.  To place an order, log on to their website. Telephone contact hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.). Email enquiries can be addressed to customerservices@schoolblazer.com.

We look for boys and girls, from all backgrounds, who will respond to the School's opportunities and values, and contribute with their talents and enthusiasm.