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Epsom College: 11 plus entry guide

By Atom | Apr 24, 2023, 9:53 AM

Epsom College, Surrey

Are you considering Epsom College for your child's education? We've collated everything you need to know about entry to Year 7, including key dates and what's covered on the entrance exam.

About Epsom College

Epsom College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 11–18 in Epsom, Surrey. It was awarded the title 'Independent School of the Year' in 2022.

The school, originally named the Medical Benevolent College, was founded by Dr John Propert in 1855 to house, feed and educate the widows and orphans of medical men. While the school was renamed Epsom College in 1910, medical benevolence is still at the heart of its ethos. The school’s independent charity, The Royal Medical Foundation, provides pensions for retired doctors and their families who are in financial hardship – as well as one-off grants to assist with school fees.

Pupils at Epsom College study a broad curriculum from Year 7. In addition to traditional subjects, all children study at least two modern languages (choosing from French, German, Mandarin, and Spanish), computer science, STEM (as a separate subject) and Trivium (the art of reading, researching, public speaking, and debating). Over the past five years, around 10% of students have been offered places at Oxbridge, 77% for Russell Group universities, 8% for US universities, and 5% for other international universities including UHK and Sorbonne.

The school is consistently praised for its pastoral care. In addition to receiving a Student Wellbeing Award in 2022, the school was awarded ‘Gold’ by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools – one of only four boarding schools to be awarded the highest prize. The award recognises Epsom’s holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing in the community and beyond, and youth empowerment in mental health.

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  • Headteacher: Sir Anthony Seldon

  • Address: Epsom College, College Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4JQ

  • County: Surrey

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

  • Number of pupils: 1,000+

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 134

  • A level results: 85.4% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 74.5% 9–7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: Mrs Cathy Kent – [email protected], 01372 821234

  • Open day: 24th June and 30th September 2023. See the school website for details

  • Overview of selection procedure: interview, assessment and school reference

  • Registration closes: 31st October 2023

  • Assessment date: 3rd–5th January 2024

Epsom College term dates

The term dates at Epsom College for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 3rd September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 21st October – 5th November 2023

  • Spring term (Lent): 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 10th–18th February 2024

  • Summer term: 14th April – 28th June 2024

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

Fees at Epsom College

The fees for pupils in Years 7 and 8 at Epsom College are currently £7,170 per term. These are day fees only (boarding is not available for younger pupils). The fees for pupils in Years 9–13 range from £9,562 per term (day pupils) to £14,101 per term (full boarders).

Epsom College is committed to helping any pupil who has the potential, but not the financial means, to join the school. Each year, approximately 76 pupils benefit from a bursary (means-tested financial assistance). More than half of children receiving a bursary have 75% or more of their fees discounted.

More information about bursaries at Epsom College is available on the school website.

Epsom College admissions process

If you're considering Epsom College for your child, it's a good idea to visit the school first to make sure that it's the right fit for them. Open events at Epsom College include a tour with a current pupil, showcases from academic departments, a visit to the Lower School, an address from the headteacher, and a visit to the day and boarding houses.

1. Register for Year 7 entry

The Year 7 registration form for Epsom College is available to download from the school website. You will need to complete and return this form by 31st October 2023 (to be considered for Year 7 entry in 2024). A registration fee applies and costs £150 for UK applicants, or £300 for overseas applicants.

2. Interview

All children who have been registered will then be invited to a short 15-minute interview at the school. This is a two-way process; the school will use the opportunity to find out more about your child, their interests and personality, while it will help your child to become familiar with the school and staff ahead of the entrance exam.

Find out more about what to expect in our guide to private school interviews.

3. Entrance exam

Your child will be invited to either a morning or afternoon assessment session at Epsom College between the 3rd and 5th January 2024.

We've included more details about the content of the exam below.

4. Offers

Offers will be based on your child's performance in the entrance exam, how they came across in the interview, and a reference from their current school. Epsom College will also consider the make-up of the whole year group to ensure that there's a good balance of personalities, interests and talents.

You will receive a letter with the outcome of your child's application in mid-February in Year 6. If your child is offered a place, you will have one month to decide whether to accept.

Epsom College entrance exam

The Epsom College entrance exam will take place between 3rd–5th January 2024. Your child will be invited to a session on one date, in either the morning or the afternoon.

Children will take four written papers. The verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths papers are supplied by GL Assessment. The creative writing test is set internally by the Head of English.

  • Verbal reasoning: 30 minutes. Your child will be tested on their ability to reason and solve problems with written information.

  • Non-verbal reasoning: 20 minutes. Questions will require children to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures.

  • Creative writing: 30 minutes. Your child will have 5 minutes to read an extract, and 25 minutes to write an imaginative piece using the extract as inspiration. A sample paper is available on the school website.

  • Maths: 50 minutes. Children will be tested on their knowledge and application of the Key Stage 2 maths curriculum.

Guide to GL Assessment

Read our comprehensive guide to GL Assessment 11 plus exams. See the types of questions your child will encounter and get tips to help them prepare.

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How to prepare for entry to Epsom College

Here are some top tips on how to best prepare your child for Year 7 entry to Epsom College.

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