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City of London Freemen's School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:11 PM

City of London Freemen's School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry


City of London Freemen’s School is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 7–18 in Ashtead, Surrey. It was founded in Brixton, London in 1854 as one of the country’s oldest co-educational independent schools, before moving to Ashtead in the early 20th century. Freemen’s is owned by the City of London Corporation, along with the boys-only City of London School and City of London School for Girls. The school’s associations with Livery Companies, Guilds and The City are particularly beneficial to its pupils, who have access to careers guidance and high-profile events in the City of London.

Pupils applying to City of London Freemen’s School join either the junior school (Years 3-8), senior school (Years 9–11) or sixth form (Years 12–13). All three schools are located on the same 54-acre site, which is a blend of traditional 17th-century buildings, space and green fields and contemporary facilities. An ambitious development plan is currently in place, with an award-winning swimming pool and a new sixth form centre soon to be added to the school site.

There is a huge range of co-curricular and enrichment activities on offer at Freemen’s (150 different activities each week), including music, drama, sports and leadership opportunities. A unique programme of study called ‘Free Minds’ (highly regarded by universities and employers) exists for sixth form students, allowing students to explore interests beyond the curriculum. Some of the many options include graphic novels, electronics, satire and climate change.

Exam results are consistently strong at Freemen’s. In 2022, 90% of A level grades were A*, A or B and 86% of GCSE grades were A*/A/9/8/7. Popular university destinations include Bath, Nottingham, Birmingham and UCL.

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Key information for City of London Freemen's School

  • Head: Mr Roland Martin

  • Address: City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead Park, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1ET

  • County: Surrey

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01372 822423s

  • Age range and gender: 7–18, co-educational

  • Number of pupils: 905

  • Open day date: Friday 24th March 2023 – book online

  • Overview of selection procedure: entrance exam, group activities, individual interview and school report

  • Registration closes: 8th October in the year before entry

  • Assessment date: November

City of London Freemen's School fees and financial assistance

The current fees at City of London Freemen’s School are £6,051 per term for pupils in Years 7 and 8, and £7,313 per term for day pupils in Years 9–11. Boarding fees for pupils in Year 9 and above start at £11,592 per term for weekly boarders. Lunch is an additional fee for day pupils and costs £288 per term.

Freemen’s is able to offer a number of bursaries each year to assist parents who might not otherwise be able to consider the school for their children. Bursaries are means-tested and can cover up to 100% of the fees. If you think your child may be eligible for a bursary, you will need to indicate this on your application form. This needs to be submitted by 8th October in the year before entry.

Scholarships are also available at Freemen’s, but these are of limited financial value. Academic and music scholarships are available for 11 plus candidates and provide up to a maximum of 5% discount on school fees.

City of London Freemen's School term dates

The term dates at City of London Freemen's School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 13th December 2022

  • Half term: 15th–30th October 2022

  • Spring term: 5th January – 28th March 2023

  • Half term: 11th–19th February 2023

  • Summer term: 17th April – 7th July 2023

  • Half term: 27th May – 4th June 2023

The term dates at City of London Freemen’s School for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 13th December 2023

  • Half term: 14th–29th October 2023

  • Spring term: 4th January – 27th March 2024

  • Half term: 10th–18th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 5th July 2024

  • Half term: 25th May – 2nd June 2024

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to City of London Freemen’s School

Year 7 entry to City of London Freemen’s School is into the junior school, with about 30 places available for external candidates. If you would like to register your child for entry in 2024 or beyond, you will need to complete the online registration form and pay the £200 registration fee. The deadline for completing this is 8th October when your child is in Year 6.

All children will be invited to an assessment day in November. This will include written tests, a carousel of assessed group activities and an individual interview. The interview allows the school to find out more about your child, their hobbies, interests, views and opinions. The school will also request a report from your child’s current school to get a wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests.

Following the 11 plus entrance exam and interview, a small selection of candidates will be invited to take the Freemen’s academic scholarship exam later in November. Music exhibitions and scholarships are by separate application and are available for applicants playing at Grade 3 standard. Candidates will be invited to an audition and interview with the director of music in November, where they will perform two contrasting known pieces, a short unseen piece, undergo aural tests and have a short informal conversation about their musical experiences and interests.

City of London Freemen’s School sends its decision letters to families before the Christmas break when your child is in Year 6. You will receive one of three decisions: an unconditional offer, a place on the waiting list, or a decline. If you have received an unconditional offer, you will have until 6th March to make your decision.

The 11 plus exam at City of London Freemen’s School

The 11 plus exam at City of London Freemen’s School consists of three written tests. Specimen papers are not available, but these are likely to be similar to other 11 plus entrance exams:

  • English: children may be presented with tasks in reading comprehension and/or creative writing. They will be assessed on their understanding of the Key Stage 2 English curriculum, including SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).

  • Maths: children will likely be presented with a non-calculator maths paper which will assess their knowledge and application of Key Stage 2 maths. This includes the main topics of number, measurement, geometry, statistics and algebra.

  • Non-verbal reasoning: non-verbal reasoning is a common 11 plus test, but it is not taught in school. Children will be assessed on their maths skills, logic and problem-solving, spatial awareness, ability to identify patterns and rules, and overall general intelligence.

How to prepare for entry to City of London Freemen’s School

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If your child is applying for Year 7 entry to City of London Freemen’s School, they will be assessed on their knowledge of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum for English and maths, in addition to non-verbal reasoning – which is not taught at school.

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