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11+ Admissions Process

Year 7 is our most popular entry point.


Key dates for entry into Year 7 for September 2024 entry have now passed, however we can still consider late applications into Year 7 for September 2024. Please email for more information.



Key dates for entry into Year 7 for September 2025


  • Creative Education ‘Year 5 Taster Day’ – 28th June 2024
  • Deadline to register for Year 7 Entrance Assessments – Friday 18th October 2024
  • Deadline to register for scholarships – Friday 18th October 2024
  • Scholarship assessments – w/c 4th November 2024
  • Year 7 Entrance Assessments – Monday 11th November 2024
  • Results posted – w/c 2nd December 2024
  • Keeping in Touch Day for those offered a place – Saturday 18th January 2025
  • Deadline to accept Year 7 place – Tuesday 4th March 2025
  • Getting To Know Bethany Day – Saturday 7th June 2025

Year 5 Taster Day


Is your child in Year 5 and considering a Bethany School education?


We are delighted to announce that we have a date for our popular Year 5 Taster Day. The day will take place on Friday 28th June 2024. There is no charge for the day, which will be organised by our specialist teaching staff supported by some of our senior pupils, and lunch will be included.


Subjects on offer are Design & Technology, Art, Food & Nutrition, Science, Wall Climbing & Gym Fitness, Football, High Ropes & Bushcraft and Performing Arts. The day will be split into a morning and afternoon session, pupils must choose a combination of any two of the sessions on offer (except Performing Arts, this is a full day workshop).

11+ Admissions Process

1 – Open Mornings

Come and visit Bethany School for one of our Open Mornings.


Open Mornings are held four times a year – September, October, February and March.

2 – Private Tour and Meet Headmaster

You can arrange a private tour of the school at a time and date that suit you. You will also have the opportunity to have a one to one meeting with our Headmaster.

3 – Pupil Registration

Complete and return a registration form to formally register your child for a place at Bethany School.


The deadline to register your child for is usually in the third week of October each year.


For in-year admissions, we can organise registration, entrance assessments and pupil taster day(s) for a date that suits you.


Please send completed registration forms to

4 – Entrance Assessments

Entrance assessments are designed to provide us with a complete picture of every pupil using both quantitative assessments (CAT4 and English creative writing) and qualitative testing (school reference and interview).


Qualitative assessments provide us with valuable insights into a pupil’s personality, communication skills, and critical thinking abilities. Quantitative assessments, provides an insight of a pupil’s academic abilities. By combining qualitative and quantitative assessments, we ensure we are selecting those pupils who not only excel academically but also possess the qualities and potential to thrive in the Bethany School environment.


The assessments are made up of the following elements


Online Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4)

The children will sit an online cognitive ability test. Further details can be found here.


Creative writing paper

The children will be asked to write a creative story to give them the opportunity to show off their creative writing, vocabulary and punctuation  skills.



Each child will be interviewed on a one to one basis with a member of the senior management team.  This will be an informal chat for us to get to know your child and give them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about Bethany.



We will be contacting each child’s school for a reference.


Entrance Assessments usually take place during the second week of November each year.


For in-year admissions, we can organise entrance assessments for a date that suits you.

5- Scholarship Assessments

Assessments for pupils applying for Drama, Music, Dance, Art & Design, Design & Technology or Sports scholarships usually take place the week after entrance assessments.


Scholarships are available to those joining in-year, however these will be subject to availability.

6 – Results

Parents are advised whether their child has been offered a place at Bethany by the first week of December.


For in-year admissions, please allow one week for results.

7 – Keeping In Touch Day

All pupils offered a place are invited to attend a Bethany experience day during the last week of January.


Pupils are given the opportunity to meet our staff and take part in a selection of exciting activities, all whilst getting to meet all other pupils considering joining Year 7.


Unavailable for in-year admissions.

8 – Accepting A Place

On receiving an offer, parents will also receive the acceptance form. These are to be completed and signed by both parents and returned with the deposit to secure a place.


The deadline to accept a Year 7 place is the end of the first week of March.


For in-year admissions, accepting a place can be done at your earliest convenience.

9 – Getting To Know Bethany Day

In the June, prior to starting in September, all pupils and parents who have accepted a place are invited to attend our “Getting to know Bethany Day”.


This is when pupils will have their moving up day and meet their new peers who will also be in their year group for some fun orientation activities.


Parents are given the opportunity to hear from the Headmaster and our Heads of Department and given all the information they will need to ensure a smooth transition to Bethany School.


Unavailable for in-year admissions.

If you have any questions regarding joining Bethany, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team and we will be happy to help on 01580 211273 or email us at
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