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Box Hill School: a parents’ guide to entry in Years 7 & 9

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Box Hill School: a parents’ guide to entry in Years 7 & 9

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Box Hill School is a small day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 11–18 near Dorking, Surrey. It's a founding member of Round Square – a worldwide association of schools – and has six IDEALS (internationalism, democracy, environmental concern, adventure, leadership and service) at the heart of its educational philosophy.

Box Hill School seeks to give its pupils a holistic education. This means that while academic achievement is important, the school puts equal emphasis on a range of other activities that contribute to developing the whole child. Compulsory time is set aside most afternoons for pupils to get involved in a wide variety of activities, with options including coding, criminology, three types of dance, horse riding, musical groups and orchestras, podcasting, and a variety of sports.

The curriculum is broad at Box Hill School. In the lower school (Years 7–9), pupils have 15 timetabled subjects, while GCSE students normally choose nine options from a choice of 21 subjects. Sixth form students have the option to either study for A levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

Expeditions are integral to pupils’ first three years at the school. All pupils in Years 7–9 take part in two statutory expeditions per year, including residential trips to the New Forest, learning water-based skills at Aquasports (Redhill) and completing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Many pupils go on to complete the Silver and Gold awards in Years 10–13.

Key information for Box Hill School

  • Headmaster: Mr Cory Lowde

  • Address: Box Hill School, Old London Road, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6EA

  • County: Surrey

  • UK admissions contact: Claire Jordan – [email protected], 01372 384240

  • Overseas admissions contact: Kirstie Hammond – [email protected]

  • Age range and gender: 11–18, co-educational

  • Number of pupils: 410

  • Open day date: several dates in the spring term – book a place online

  • Overview of selection procedure: written tests, interview, and school reference

  • Registration closes: October in Year 6

  • Assessment date: November in Year 6 (Year 7 applicants), January in Year 8 (Year 9 applicants)

Box Hill School fees and financial assistance

The current termly fees at Box Hill School for pupils in Years 7 and 8 are £6,400 for day pupils and from £6,800 to £10,650 for boarders (fees range from 2 nights per week to full boarding).

The termly fees for pupils in Years 9–11 are £6,895 for day pupils and from £8,500 to £12,460 for boarders (fees range from 2 nights per week to full boarding).

The Governors of Box Hill School are committed to broadening access to the school by offering means-tested financial support (bursaries) to eligible parents/guardians. Bursaries are available for children applying to Years 7, 9 and 12. More information about the bursary application process is available on the school website.

A small number of academic, drama, music, art, and sports scholarships are available each year for both 11+ and 13+ candidates. These are not means-tested and carry up to a 10% fee reduction on the pupil’s annual school fees.

Box Hill School is also able to offer a sibling discount. When three children are studying at the school at the same time, a discount of one-third will apply to the youngest child’s basic fees.

Box Hill School term dates

The term dates at Box Hill School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 9th December 2022

  • Half term: 13th–30th October 2022

  • Spring term: 5th January – 29th March 2023

  • Half term: 10th–19th February 2023

  • Summer term: 18th April – 6th July 2023

  • Half term: 26th May – 4th June 2023

UK admissions process for Year 7 and Year 9 entry to Box Hill School

If you are considering Box Hill School for your child’s secondary education, the school invites you and your child to visit at an open event or to arrange a private visit. A number of events take place throughout the year, including open mornings, open evenings and school-at-work days.

Once you have decided to proceed with your child’s application, you will need to complete the registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £100. The deadline for registration is in October of Year 6 for Year 7 applicants, while Year 9 applicants have until October of Year 8 to apply. As a guide, the registration deadline in 2022 was 14th October.

Following registration, Box Hill School will contact your child’s current school to request further details about your child’s character and academic record. Your child will then be invited to either the Year 7 or Year 9 assessment the following month.

11 plus exam at Box Hill School

Children who are registered for Year 7 entry to Box Hill School will take the Year 7 assessments in November while they’re in Year 6. The assessments include:

  • English test: children will have a reading comprehension task and a creative writing task. The test has a time allowance of 45 minutes in total.

  • Maths test: children will have one hour to answer questions based on the maths national curriculum for Year 6.

  • Interview: children will have a short interview with a member of the senior team. The interview will explore your child’s intellectual curiosity, co-curricular interests and talents, and interpersonal skills. Overseas applicants will be interviewed over Skype.


13 plus exam at Box Hill School

Children who are registered for Year 9 entry to Box Hill School will take the Year 9 assessments in January while they’re in Year 8. The assessments include:

  • English test: children will have a reading comprehension task and a creative writing task. The test has a time allowance of one hour in total.

  • Maths test: children will have 45 minutes to answer questions based on the maths national curriculum for Year 8.

  • Interview: children will have a short interview with a member of the senior team. The interview will explore your child’s intellectual curiosity, co-curricular interests and talents, and interpersonal skills. Overseas applicants will be interviewed over Skype.

How to prepare for entry to Box Hill School

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