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Admissions Guidelines

Introduction for Entry in 2023

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 Policy and Guidelines for Entry in 2023 for Year 7 

An electronic copy of the Admissions Policy and Guidelines for both day and boarding entry in 2023 can be found here:

Admissions Policy and Guidelines for Day Entry in 2023 for Year 7

Admissions Policy and Guidelines for Boarding Entry in 2023 for Year 7

On-line Registration Form for Entry in 2023 for Year 7

The on-line registration form will be available on the school website from 1st May until midnight on Thursday 30th June 2022. Please go to: to access the link to the online registration form. 

Year 7 Entry for Prospective Students 

Number of Places Available

For 2023 entry, 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 2021-2022, please click here.

Key Dates for Entry to Year 7 2023

  • Online registration forms available on school website - 1st May 2022
  • Open Day - Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th April.  Booking required and will be available in the open day section from 1st April 2022
  • Closing date for receipt of applications at Reading School - Midnight on Thursday 30th June 2022
  • Testing Date Day and Boarding Applicants - Friday 9th September 2022  (tests are taken at Reading School)
  • Results will be available online mid October 2022
  • Deadline for submitting application form to home LA - 31st October 2022
  • Offer Date from your Local Authority - 1st March 2023

Nature of Tests

A child may only take the test once. The Entrance Test consists of 3 elements: English, Maths and Creative Writing. Children are expected to show ability appropriate to the Key Stage 2 curriculum. No additional preparation is necessary. All 3 elements will be tested on Friday 9th September 2022.  All tests will take place at Reading School. There are no ‘practice papers’, but a familiarisation paper is available on the website.

The English and Maths elements are marked by computer and age-standardised. All students with an eligible score from those two elements will have their creative writing element assessed and candidates will be ranked accordingly. 

Familiarisation Booklet for Entry into Year 7 

The familiarisation booklet can be found at the following link:

Familiarisation Booklet for entry into Year 7

This familiarisation sheets are 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 by mid-October 2022.  Please note that when results are issued, 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 2022 

For entry into the Sixth Form students must have achieved the equivalent of a total of at least 56 points (9=9, 8=8, 7=7, 6=6 or if still studying old GCSE qualifications then A*=8, A=7, B=6 etc) from 8 GCSE subjects and at least a grade 5 at GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or a DfE recognised equivalency. In addition, minimum subject requirements must also be attained and are published in the Sixth Form Information Booklet.  If a student is pupil premium/service premium or Looked After Child/Previously Looked After Child then the equivalent of a total of at least 54 points from 8 GCSE subjects and at least a grade 5 at GCSE in Mathematics and English or a recognised equivalency is required. 

The Sixth Form Information Booklet including our minimum subject requirements for entry in 2022 can be found here.  

Application forms will be available to download from the school website from 1st December 2021. Closing date for applications is Friday 28th  January 2022.

For guidelines on completing the online registration, please click here

An electronic copy of the Sixth Form Admissions Policy and Guidelines for both day and boarding 2022 entry can be found here:

Sixth Form Admissions Policy and Guidelines for 2022 Entry