YEAR 9 (13+ ENTRY)

Year 9 is the predominant entry point into the College, with approximately 45 boys joining the year group each September. Along with boys progressing from our own Year 8, all Year 9 pupils are split into five day and boarding houses.

Our 13+ entry is particularly appealing to those applying from independent sector preparatory schools, which usually only accommodate pupils up to Year 8. However, applications are welcome from all backgrounds, including state and other independent secondary schools in the UK and abroad. All candidates are given equal consideration for places at Shiplake.

Boys applying for places in Year 9 will be invited to attend an assessment day at the College. These days usually take place during September of the year preceding entry (Year 8), although an early assessment is available to a limited number of prospective applicants in the Autumn Term of Year 7 (see below).

In the morning, candidates sit short English and mathematics test papers, and literacy/numeracy skills assessments before participating in a variety of activities during the afternoon. At some point on the day, your son will be interviewed by a senior member of staff. The purpose of the assessment day is to allow our experienced staff to determine whether each boy would thrive in Shiplake College’s active, educational environment. A confidential report will also be sought from each candidate's present school.

September 2018 Entry

Please see the timeline below for key dates for Year 9 entry in September 2018. Assessments have now taken place for this entry group and places have been filled. If you would like your child to be added to a waiting list for possible late assessment, please contact Mrs Pasmore who will get in touch should a suitable space become available, however we do not anticipate space becoming available.



Saturday 18 March 2017

College Open Morning - Register here

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Taster Day for Boys Currently in Year 7 - Book here

Monday 19 - Tuesday 20 June 2017

Taster Sleepover for Boys Currently in Year 7 - Book here

Friday 14 July 2017

Deadline for Registrations and Applications for Scholarships and Bursaries

September 2017

References Obtained from Current Schools

19, 21, 26 and 28 September 2017

Assessment Days for Year 9 Entry

Monday 2 October 2017 (pm)

Academic Scholarship Assessments

Tuesday 3 October 2017 (am)

Music Scholarship Assessments

Wednesday 4 October 2017 (am)

Art Scholarship Assessments

Wednesday 4 October 2017 (pm)

Drama Scholarship Assessments

Thursday 5 October 2017 (all day)

Sport Scholarship Assessments

Saturday 14 October 2017

College Open Morning

Thursday 19 October 2017

Unconditional Offers and Decision Letters Sent

Monday 27 November 2017

Deadline for Place Acceptances

January 2018 Onwards

Waiting List Candidates/Late Applications Considered (Subject to Availability)

Summer 2018

Welcome Events

Printable Admissions Timeline for Year 9 September 2018 Entry


Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships are available to Year 9 applicants. Further details are available on the Scholarships page.

The deadline for applying for a scholarship for entry in September 2018 is the same as for all applications; Friday 14 July. Scholarship assessments will take place in early October 2017 (please refer to the admissions timeline).

Early Assessments for Year 9 Entry

We have introduced an early assessment for full and weekly boarders looking to join in September 2019 and to include day boys from September 2020 onwards. The assessments will take place in November when candidates are in Year 7. There are a limited number of spaces available at this stage in the admissions process, with the main assessment day taking place in September of Year 8. No child is at a disadvantage by waiting to be assessed during the main assessments - indeed he may benefit from additional time to develop both academically and socially. We are aware, however, that some families are under pressure from other senior schools to consider early offers.

Early offers of places will be unconditional (ie not dependent on Common Entrance or a separate 13+ test). Scholarship applicants will be assessed at the same time as other boys seeking to join in Year 9.

Download the Early Assessment Timeline for 2019 Entry

Year 9 Taster Days

These take place in June of an applicant's Year 7 and will be available to book on our website as soon as dates have been set. If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Assistant, Mrs Hayley Young, at

Registration Form

Please click here to complete an online registration or download a registration form to complete by hand.

2 applications per place for entry at Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form
40 places available for Year 9 entry