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Admissions Guidelines

Introduction for Entry in 2019

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 2019 for Year 7 

An electronic copy of the Admissions Guidelines for entry in 2019 can be found here.

A copy of the admissions talk given at the Open Evening can be find here

On-line Registration Form for Entry in 2019 for Year 7

The on-line registration form will be available on the school website from 1st May until midnight on 19th June 2018. Please go to: to access the link to the online registration form. 

Year 7 Entry for Prospective Students 

Number of Places Available

For 2019 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 2017-2018, please click here.

Key Dates for Entry to Year 7 2019

  • Online registration forms available on school website - 1st May 2018
  • Open Day - Thursday 26th April 2018 - 4.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Boarding Open Morning - Saturday 10th March 2018 and Saturday 19th May 2018 at 10.00am
  • Closing date for receipt of applications at Reading School - Midnight on Tuesday 19th June 2018
  • Testing Date Day and Boarding Applicants - Saturday 15th September 2018 (tests are taken at Reading School)
  • Results will be available online mid October 2018
  • Deadline for submitting application form to home LA - 31st October 2018
  • Offer Date from your Local Authority - 1st March 2019

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 Saturday 15th September 2018.

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 mid-October 2018. 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 2019 

For entry into the Sixth Form students must have achieved the equivalent of a total of at least 54 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. 

Please click here to view our Sixth Form Information Booklet including our minimum subject requirements for entry in 2019.

Application forms will be available to download from the school website from 1st December 2018. Closing date for applications is Friday 25th January 2019.


Year 9 Entry 

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.