The usual entry point for pupils to join Chigwell School are 4+, 7+,11+ or 16+, i.e. for the start of Reception, Year 3, Year 7 and Year 12. Occasionally, we are able to admit children at other ages as well, but this depends on spaces being available. Please contact the Admissions Registrar for further details and at any point in the admissions process, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. We appreciate that the selection process can be daunting for pupils and their parents, and we are keen to do our best to put pupils at ease.
The Headmaster, Mr Michael Punt, has overall responsibility for admissions to Chigwell School. He is always available to see prospective parents who should make an appointment through his P.A. The Head of the Pre Prep, Mrs Evelyn Gibbs, is responsible for admissions to the Pre Prep and she is happy to arrange tours on a working day. Similarly, the Head of Junior School, Mr Andrew Stubbs, is responsible for admissions to the Junior School (Years 3 to 8) and he is happy to show parents and children around the School during a normal school day too. Parents of candidates wishing to enter the Sixth Form are very welcome to meet with Mr Simon Coppell, Head of Sixth Form. If parents would like to tour around any part of the School please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Janet Long.
All applications are handled in the first instance by the Admissions Registrar who runs the Admissions Office, makes arrangements for the interviews, assessments and exams, and can provide advice on any aspect of the admission process.
We would ask that parents of 4+ candidates registering for entry in September 2020 submit their registration form by 12 noon on Thursday 10th October 2019. Applications received after this date will be not considered. The assessment process takes place in November 2019 and groups of children will be invited into school according to their date of birth.
Candidates for 7+ entry in September 2020 are advised to register by the end of October 2019. Details of the entrance exam will be sent out at this time, together with interview and classroom experience dates. 7+ interviews take place in the weeks beginning Monday 14th October and Monday 18th November. 7+ Classroom experience dates are Saturday 16th November and Saturday 30th November.
Candidates for the 11+ entry in September 2020 are advised to register by the end of October 2019. Interviews take place in the weeks beginning 7th October and 11th November.
4+ Entry for September 2020
This applies to children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016. Please complete the online registration form and registration fee.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Thursday 10th October 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.
The assessment sessions take place over a three week period beginning on Monday 4th November 2019. Children and their parents will be allocated a time slot according to their date of birth during one of the weeks. Children attend and participate in the assessment as part of a group while their parents wait for their child.
The 4+ assessment consists of pupil participation in a range of activities centred on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Briefly, these activities comprise number and literacy games, physical games, playing with other children, listening and responding to a story and joining in with singing or rhymes. The assessment takes place in the Pre Prep library, lasts approximately 1½ hours and is carefully designed to ensure children feel happy and settled.
The date and time of each child’s assessment will be sent after the closing date.
The results of the 4+ assessments will be posted on Monday 9th December 2019.
Acceptances must be received by 2.00pm on Friday 10th January 2020.
7+ Entry for September 2020
This applies to children born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013. Please complete the online registration form and registration fee. We advise registration by the end of October, as dates for interview and classroom experience are sent out at this time.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Friday 29th November 2019.
7+ interviews will be held in the week beginning 14th October and again in the week beginning 18th November 2019. The 7+ classroom experience sessions will be held on Saturday 16th November and Saturday 30th November 2019. The 7+ entrance examination will take place on Saturday 25th January 2020. Parents will be notified of their appointments in writing.
All 7+ candidates have an interview, take part in a classroom experience and sit the entrance examination. In addition, a confidential report form will be sent to parents for completion by their son or daughter’s current school.
The 7+ interview takes place in two parts: parents will have the opportunity to meet with either the Head, Deputy Head or members of the senior management team of the Junior School and ask questions about life at Chigwell School and also outline their child’s strengths and interests. The candidates are then interviewed separately. The whole process takes 30 minutes.
The classroom session is led by Year 3 teachers and provides an informal opportunity to assess applicants and allows them to become familiar with the School.
The examination itself comprises papers in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning. Details of the exam and specimen papers in English and maths will be sent out at the end of October. We do not send out further past papers or specimen papers for the non-verbal reasoning paper.
Results of the 7+ entrance examination will be posted on Thursday 20th February 2020. Acceptances must be received by 14:00 on Thursday 5th March 2020.
11+ Entry for September 2020
This applies to children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009. Please complete the online registration form and registration fee We advise registration by the end of October, as details of the exam and interview date, together with specimen papers are sent out at this time.
The closing date for applications – 12:00 on Friday 29th November 2019.
Interviews will be held in the week beginning Monday 7th October , the week beginning Monday 11th November 2019 and again in the week beginning 6th January 2020.
The 11+ interview takes place in two parts: parents will have the opportunity to meet with a senior member of staff and ask questions about life at Chigwell School and also outline their child’s strengths and interests. The candidates are then interviewed separately. The whole process takes 30 minutes. The School also sends parents a confidential report form to pass on to their child’s current school.
11+ entrance examination takes place on Saturday 11th January 2020.
The examination comprises papers in English and mathematics. Details of the exam and specimen papers will be sent out at the end of October. We do not send out further past papers.
If a candidate performs especially well in the examination he or she may be called for a scholarship interview and assessment on either Wednesday 29th or Thursday 30th January 2020. Candidates take part in arts and science based activities in small groups, have individual interviews in English, mathematics and a general interview with senior members of staff.
Music scholarship auditions are held in the week beginning Monday 13th January 2020. 11+ candidates should have at least Associated Board Grade 4 in the first instrument offered and Grade 2 in their second instrument or singing.
Results of the 11+ entrance examination will be posted on Thursday 20th February 2020.
Acceptances must be received by 14:00 on Thursday 5th March 2020.
13+ Entry for September 2020
This applies to children born between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007. To register please complete the online registration form and registration fee.
The 13+ entry is only held if there are places available and this year there is likely to be four places on offer. The entrance exam will be held on Friday 14th February 2020 and entries will close on Friday 29th November. Shortly after this date details of the entrance exam, together with specimen papers, will be sent to candidates. A school reference request will also be sent to you to pass to your child’s current headteacher. All candidates will sit papers in English, maths and a modern foreign language paper (please indicate on the registration form the candidate’s choice of language – French, Spanish or German) and depending on the results of the entrance exam some candidates may be called back for interview.
Scholarships and bursaries are available at this age and please note your choice on the registration form. It might be helpful to know that we expect our Scholars to achieve 7, 8 or 9 grades across the board at GCSE. Before entering for the scholarship, it is worth talking to your current school about your child’s predicted grades. Bursary awards are made on the academic merit of the candidate, together with parents’ financial circumstances. A bursary application form will be sent to registered candidates at the end of November.
Results of the entrance examination will be posted on Monday 2nd March 2020.
16+ Entry for September 2020
This applies to young people born between 1st September 2003 and 31st August 2004. To register please complete the online registration form and registration fee. The closing date for fee paying and scholarship applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 5th November 2019. Applications received after this time are very welcome but will only be considered for fee paying places. Boarding applications must be made directly to the school.
Entrance exams for all sixth form candidates will take place on Wednesday 20th November 2019 – candidates will need to arrive at the School by 2.15pm, the first paper will be from 2.30pm – 3.30pm and the second from 4.00pm – 5.00pm. Candidates will sit papers in two of their chosen A level subjects. Selected candidates will then be invited back for interviews on Saturday 30th November 2019, together with art, music and drama scholarship assessments.
Results will be posted on Monday 9th December 2019 and acceptances must be received by Wednesday 8th January 2020.
Sixth form places will be awarded on the basis of the entrance tests, interviews and a current school report. Candidates are expected to achieve grade 8s or 9s in the subjects being studied at A level. Grade 7s will be considered on request to the Head of Sixth Form.
We will request the following information once the registration form has been completed.
- The GCSE subjects and examination boards.
- Details regarding separate science or dual award science at GCSE.
- Candidates applying for history should indicate which periods they are studying for GCSE.
- Candidates applying for religious studies should indicate which specification they are following.
- A-level choices and of those, the two subjects to be taken in the entrance exam
Sixth form candidates may apply for academic, music, art and/or drama scholarships in the sixth form. Candidates may apply for a combination of academic/drama, academic/art or academic/music scholarships, but cannot combine drama, art or music. They may also apply for a bursary (means-tested award) and one of the scholarship categories.
Subjects offered at A level at Chigwell:
Art and Design
Drama & Theatre Studies
Government & Politics