13+ Deferred Entry Admissions

13+ Deferred Entry Admissions

Each year approximately 40 to 50 pupils join us at 13+, usually from preparatory schools. There are two routes for admission at 13+: Deferred Entry (for pupils in Year 6 for either day or boarding places) and Year 8 application for boarding places.  

If a candidate is applying in Year 8 from overseas they should follow the Boarding: International Admissions procedure

13+ Deferred Entry Procedure (for candidates in Year 6)

Parents sometimes wish to have the security of knowing in advance where their son or daughter will proceed to senior school. They can then enjoy the important last few years at their Preparatory School with a known path to their next school. This is the principal reason why Caterham offers the option of applying for Deferred Entry at 13+.

Applicants wishing to secure a 13+ Deferred Entry place should apply by early November in Year 6 (dates for 2025 entry are below).

Interviews take place at the end of November with members of our teaching staff since we believe that academic assessment alone is insufficient to establish whether your child will flourish at our School.

13+ Deferred Entry candidates will then sit the ISEB Common PreTest in the latter part of the Autumn Term of Year 6 here or at their current school if their current school can facilitate the test. 

Candidates will attend an assessment morning or afternoon on Saturday 14 January 2023 for the 13+ Deferred Entry exams in English, Maths and critical, creative and  innovative thinking.  All papers are designed to bring out the skills and potential of the candidates, whatever they may have covered in the past.

Deferred Entry candidates are offered conditional places for entry to Caterham School at age 13 on the basis of their interview, their performance in the Entrance Exams and a report from the Headteacher of their current school. They are also offered on the condition that the pupil continues to make satisfactory progress at their current school for the duration of Years 6, 7 and 8. Co-curricular scholarships and bursaries may also be applied for at this point.

Parents accepting the offer of a conditional place are asked to pay a deposit of £1,000, which is refunded when their child leaves Caterham School. The deposit is refundable only if their child is advised by his or her school Head to withdraw in the expectation that he or she will not reach the required standard for entry to Caterham School. 

For those pupils who have accepted a Deferred Entry place for Year 9, in the November of Year 8, they will be asked to sit the Standard 13+ entry test at Caterham School. This allows the School to assess their eligibility for an academic scholarship and does not affect their secured place at Caterham School.