The entrance procedure for both the Prep School and Upper School is held during the spring term. We are able to consider assessing boys for entry to the school at any stage of the year, provided that we have places available. However, we are unable to award scholarships or bursaries outside of the stated timeframe.
Prep School (Year 3 - Year 8)
All boys who are seeking entry into the Prep School are assessed in English, maths and underlying ability. We will also request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of your son’s current school, which is taken into account.
Year 9 (13+)
Candidates applying to the Upper School are required to sit ‘The Bedford School Aptitude Test' (BSAT) which will provide the school with information on a boy’s underlying ability and potential. It is not a test of knowledge but is designed to identify a boy’s intelligence, processing capacity and working memory. The test is taken online at the school.
We also have additional tests to examine candidates' foundational knowledge in the key subject areas of mathematics and English. Boys will also be considered at the same time for the scholarship and bursary awards. Boys who have applied for art, drama, music or sport scholarships will be required to attend a separate day. Boys who have applied for an academic scholarship may be called back on a separate day following their assessment test.
Candidates are invited for an assessment day in the January before entry. They sit a verbal reasoning paper and have an interview with a senior member of staff. The school will also take up a reference from their current school and will consider their application along with their predicted grades at GCSE.
For both A-Level and IB a minimum of grade 4/C grades are required in maths and English.
Boys who have applied for art, drama, music or sports scholarships will be required to attend separate assessment days for each area of application.