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Admissions Guidelines

Introduction for Entry in 2021

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 2021 for Year 7 

An electronic copy of the Admissions Guidelines for entry in 2021 can be found here:

Admissions Guidelines for Entry in 2021 for Year 7

A copy of the admissions talk and presentation can be found on the Open Days section of this website. 

On-line Registration Form for Entry in 2021 for Year 7

The on-line registration form will be available on the school website from 1st May until midnight on Tuesday 30th June 2020. Please go to: to access the link to the online registration form. 

Year 7 Entry for Prospective Students 

Number of Places Available

For 2021 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 2019-20, please click here.

Key Dates for Entry to Year 7 2021

  • Online registration forms available on school website - 1st May 2020
  • Open Day - cancelled.  Admissions talk and presentation available on our website by - Thursday 30th April 2020
  • Boarding Open Morning - Postponed
  • Closing date for receipt of applications at Reading School - Midnight on Tuesday 30th June 2020
  • Testing Date Day and Boarding Applicants - week beginning 19th October 2020 (tests are taken at Reading School)
  • Results will be available online end of November 2020
  • Deadline for submitting application form to home LA - 31st October 2020
  • Offer Date from your Local Authority - 1st March 2021

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.  

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 week beginning 19th October 2020.

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 at the following links:

2021 Entry Familiarisation Booklet

2020 Comprehension Familiarisation Sheet

2020 Maths Familiarisation Sheet

2020 NVR Familiarisation Sheet

2020 Word Choice Familiarisation Sheet

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 end of November 2020. As this date is after the deadline for submitting your CAF, you should list schools in order of preference. 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 2021 

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 2020 can be found here.  We will put the revised booklet for 2021 on our website in the Autumn Term. 

Application forms will be available to download from the school website from 1st December 2020. Closing date for applications is Friday 29th  January 2021.

For guidelines on completing the online registration, please click here

*Please see admissions policy for further clarification