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.

Late Entry for 2019/2020

Assessments have now taken place for this entry group. We have a small number of boarding spaces available and if you would like discuss a possible late application, please contact Mrs Esther Pasmore as a matter of urgency on 0118 940 5221.

September 2020 Entry



Saturday 23 March 2019, Saturday 9 November 2019

College Open Morning - Register here

Thursday 6 June, Saturday 8 June, Thursday 13 June 2019

Taster Days and Workshops (register here)

Friday 12 July 2019

Deadline for Registrations and for Scholarship and Bursary Applications

September 2019

Reference Obtained from Current Schools

19 September, 26 September, 30 September and 3 October

Year 9 Assessment Days


Year 9 Scholarship Assessments

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Unconditional Offers and Decision Letters Sent

Friday 29 November 2019

Deadline for Place Acceptances

January 2020 onwards

Waiting List Candidates and Last Applicants Considered

Spring and Summer 2020

Welcome Events

Printable Admissions Timeline For Year 9 September 2020 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 (please refer to the admissions timeline for your appropriate entry year). Scholarship assessments will take place in early October of the year preceding entry .

Early Assessments for Year 9 Entry 2021

We are strongly in favour of assessing boys just one year ahead of admission in Year 9. However, we are aware that some families are under pressure from other senior schools to consider early offers.

For 2021 entry, therefore, we have introduced the option of an early assessment which takes place in October 2019, ie. when a candidate is in Year 7. There are a limited number of spaces available at this stage in the admissions process and no child is at a disadvantage by waiting to be assessed in Year 8. Indeed he may benefit from the extra time to develop both academically and socially, and our experience is that pupils with additional learning needs, in particular, tend to develop significantly during this time.

Any offers made at this stage will not be conditional upon on Common Entrance or further testing. Scholarship applicants will be assessed at the same time as other boys seeking to join in Year 9 so no early Scholarship offers will be made.

Download the Early Assessment Timeline for 2021 Entry

Year 9 Taster Days

These take place in June of an applicant's Year 7 and are bookable at this link. If you have any queries, please contact the Assistant Registrar, Mrs Hayley Young, at

Registration Form

Please click here to complete an online registration.

Contact Details

Mrs Esther Pasmore, Admissions Registrar

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