Admissions Guidelines

Introduction for entry in 2017

Reading School is a selective boys' grammar school with Academy status. The school caters for day boys and weekly boarders alike and being within the state-maintained sector, all the education provided is free.

All students must be entitled to hold a full British passport or to have the right of residence in the United Kingdom. Boarders pay only for their board and lodging.
Reading School has high academic standards, performing consistently well at all levels. In addition, music, sport and drama flourish. Rugby and cricket have strong fixture lists and most of the other sports are played to a high standard.
Admissions Guidelines for entry in 2017 for Year 7 
Please click here to access an electronic copy of the admissions guidelines for 2017 entry.
On-line registration form for entry in 2017 for Year 7
The on-line registration form will be available on the school website from 1st May until midday on 27th June 2016.  Please go to: to access the link to the online registration form. 

Year 7 Entry for prospective students

Number of places available
For 2017, there will be 150 places in total comprising of 12 boarders (maximum) and 138 day-boys (minimum). Parents should appreciate that not all boys who are deemed suitable for a place at Reading School can be accommodated, as there are many more applications than places available.
For boarding fees 2016-2017, please click here.
Key Dates for entry to Year 7 2017

Online registration forms available on school website - 1st May 2016

Open Day - Thursday 28th April 2016 - 3.00pm - 7.30pm

Boarding Open Morning - Saturday 21st May 2016 at 10.00am

Closing date for receipt of applications at Reading School - Midday on Monday 27th June 2016

Testing Date Day and Boarding Applicants - Saturday 10th September 2016

(tests are taken at Reading School)

Results will be available online and also sent out by post mid October 2016

Deadline for submitting application form to home LA - 31st October 2016

Offer Date from your Local Authority - 1st March 2017

Nature of tests

The entrance tests will consist of two 50 minute papers, each of which assess verbal, numerical and non verbal ability.  Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to Key Stage 2 English and Mathematics, and to be able to apply these skills creatively.  These tests can only be taken once.  There are no practice papers for sale in respect of these tests.  A familiarisation sheet of questions will be available on our website.  They will be tests for which no additional preparation is necessary.

The raw scores will be age standardised.  The ranking is determined by the aggregate of the age standardised scores of both tests.  The entrance tests will take place on Saturday 10th September 2016.

There will be other schools that will be using the same tests as Reading School.  If your son takes our test after this date and is found to have taken the same test, then we will use the raw scores from the first test he took, even if it was at another school

Familiarisation Booklet for entry into Year 7

The familiarisation booklet can be found here.

This familiarisation booklet is designed to inform parents and candidates about the Entrance Test in order to:

• Give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment.
• Introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment.
• Inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure.
• Indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested.
• Highlight the range of answer formats used in the test.
This booklet also includes examples to indicate the range of skills required to complete the assessment and the manner in which questions are answered. This familiarisation booklet is NOT definitive and the inclusion of any question types does not guarantee that they will be found in the final assessment.  Please note: there are no commercially available practice test papers for these assessments.


Results will be available online and will also be sent by second class post to parents mid-October 2016. If your son is assessed as suitable for admission to Reading School, you may wish to list Reading School as one of your preferences on your Common Application Form. However being assessed as suitable for Reading School will not guarantee that your son will be offered a place as it is extremely likely that more boys will qualify for places than the School can accommodate. In this case we will apply our oversubscription criteria as listed in our Admissions Policy.

Sixth Form Entry 2017

For entry into the Sixth Form students must have achieved the equivalent of a total of at least 54 points (A*=8, A=7, B=6, C=5, D=4, E=3 or for Maths and English where the grades 1-9 are used the points value of the grade will be taken into account e.g. 9 = 9) from 8 GCSE subjects and at least a grade 5 at GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or a DfE recognised equivalency. In addition, it is expected that prospective entrants will have obtained a grade B, or better, in the subjects to be studied in the Sixth Form. Two exceptions to this are that a grade 8 is required for studying Mathematics, Grade A for Chemistry and for a student who wishes to study Biology or Physics and has not studied separate sciences, then A grades are required in both Science and Additional Science.
Please click here to view our Sixth Form Information Booklet for 2015-2016.
Application forms will be available to download from the school website from 1st July 2016.  Closing date for applications is Friday 27th January 2017. 

Year 9 Entry 2017

At the Governors Admissions Committee which met on 25th January 2016, following consultation, they agreed to cease Year 9 entry.  Please therefore refer to the non-routine admissions policy for information about entry into Years 8, 9 and 10.