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The Halliford Entrance Process

Admissions Criteria

Halliford School prepares its students for GCSE, A Level and entry to Further Education. The principal criteria are therefore academic and based on the School’s assessment as to whether a prospective candidate is suitable for the academic programme. The School will not accept students for whom success at GCSE and progression to the Sixth Form would be an unrealistic expectation. Progression to the Upper Sixth is dependent on a satisfactory performance in the Lower Sixth.

The family nature of the School is underlined by the fact that brothers and sisters are usually offered a place as long as they meet the minimum academic entry requirements. In addition, parental commitment to the School and its ethos is as important a factor as academic success when offers of places are made.

Students with special needs or disabilities are admitted to the School according to the same criteria as other students. This is provided that their admission is compatible with the provision of an efficient education for the children with whom they will be educated and with an effective use of resources.


Before a child can be considered for a place at Halliford School the online Registration Form below must be completed and submitted to the Registrar together with a non-refundable fee of £125 (for overseas candidates a registration fee of £150 is required).

Registration for Year 7 entry in September 2023 and Year 9 entry in September 2025 closes on Friday 2nd December 2022. 

Applications received after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the Registrar.

Admissions Procedure

Once a child has been registered he/she will be considered for entry to Halliford School via the following procedure:

  • An interview with the Headmaster or Deputy Head prior to the entrance examination
  • A suitable reference from the candidate’s current school
  • A satisfactory standard in the entrance examination

11+ (Year 7) Entry - September 2022 entry

Candidates seeking entry into Year 7 in September 2023.

The Examination Day will take place on Saturday 14th January 2023. Candidates will sit papers in English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

  • English: this paper is in two parts – comprehension and composition. Candidates will be assessed on the quality and accuracy of their writing, including spelling, punctuation and grammar. 
  • Mathematics: this is based on National Curriculum level 4.
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are computer-adaptive.

13+ (Year 9) Entry - September 2024 entry

Candidates seeking entry into Year 9 in 2025.

The Examination Day will take place on Saturday 14th January 2023. This test is similar in format to the 11+ entry examination. Unconditional places will be offered based on the result of these tests.

Sixth Form Entry

Students may apply to enter the Sixth Form to study for A Levels. Entry into the Sixth Form is based on a satisfactory report from the previous school, an interview with the Headmaster (or Deputy Head) and a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English and Mathematics. Candidates are encouraged to visit the School either during the main school Open Mornings or, preferably, by attending a Sixth Form Open Evening. This will give them the opportunity to discuss Sixth Form options with members of the academic staff.

Entry at other points in the School

Students occasionally enter Halliford at other age points if there are vacancies. The entry procedure is, in principle, the same as for the stages described above.

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