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Year 7 & 8 Entry

Each year we welcome children from a broad range of educational backgrounds into our Year 7 & 8 Junior House including independent, state and international schools.

Ampleforth College is an inclusive school where we put your child at the front and centre of everything we do. Admission is through assessment and interview, and is subject to reports and a Head’s reference from your child’s current school.


Registration must take place before the formal assessment process commences. To register for Ampleforth College, parents need to complete the registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £100 to secure a place for their child on the list for their year of entry. We recommend this is done by the beginning of Year 6. At the same time, we will ask you to send copies of reports from your child’s school.

We also welcome applicants who apply later on and ask that you contact Admissions to find out about availability of places.

Assessment Day

For most children joining Ampleforth at 11+, entry is through sitting our Ampleforth entrance test in January of Year 6.

Our entrance test takes place at Ampleforth over the course of two days. It involves a computer-based CEM assessment in Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning for which no special preparation is required. Children also have an interview with our Registrar, and, after lunch, enjoy an afternoon of activities with potential future classmates. 

Assessment for Development Awards will also take place at the same time, and children can choose to apply for Academic, Dance, Drama, Music or Sport.

All applicants should be registered with us before sitting the assessments.

Offers of a Place

After our assessment day in January, we will issue offers to those children who have performed well in this process. 

Accepting a Place

Parents are asked to complete and sign a confirmation form and pay a confirmation deposit. This is refunded at the end of your child’s time at Ampleforth College.

Following acceptance of a place, you will be invited to a number of events arranged by the School to welcome you into our community and give the children further opportunities to meet peers who will be joining at the same time.

Once you have accepted a place, we will seek a reference from the Head of your child’s current school. In the unlikely event that a Head raises a concern, we reserve the right to reassess our offer.

For information on scholarship applications please see here

Key Dates for 2025 Year 7 Entry
Date Activity
September 2024 Registration
14 September 2024 Open Morning at Ampleforth College
31 December 2024 Deadline for Bursary applications
10 January 2025 Deadline for Registration and Scholarship Applications
24 – 25 January 2025 Ampleforth Entrance Assessments and Scholarship Assessments
February 2025 Offers of place are made
February 2025 Scholarship application outcomes
March 2025 Bursary Committee meets and decisions agreed
9 June 2025 New Starters Day

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