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FAQs

Year 7 Entry (11+)

How many boys apply? How many places do you offer?

About 400 boys apply. We interview about 220. We offer about 170 places. 50-60 offers are accepted. These numbers remain constant year on year. We always interview brothers of boys already at the school.

When do I apply?

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your son must be 11 years old by 1st September of the year of entry & no younger than 10 years 6 months.
You must register your son before 31st October of the year before the proposed year of entry.

How does the School assess boys?

We make offers based on performance
in 3 areas
1. A report from your son’s current school (if we don’t receive one, this doesn’t prejudice your son’s prospects). We send you a form for you to forward to your son’s school for completion. The school returns it direct to us.
2. Exams in English, Mathematics, and a general paper.
3. Individual interviews for boys who are successful in the examinations.

When are the exams?

Around the first or second week of January, typically the second Tuesday.

When are the interviews?

The last two weeks of January and the first week of February, after the examinations. Interviews are one to one with a member of staff and last approximately 25 minutes. The interview will assess four areas – communication; intellectual curiosity; reasoning and extra-curricular commitment.

When will I know the results? When do I have to decide by?

We send offers for admission at 11+ to parents in the year of entry, in accordance with local independent school guidelines. We put offers of places in the post towards the end of February. All replies (places, scholarships, bursaries) are required by the end of the first week of March at the latest - the precise date will vary year by year.

What happens after I have accepted a place?

You pay your deposit. Your son comes to the School for a medical in the Summer Term, where he meets his Head of House. You and he receive publications explaining the school routines, the process for buying uniform, games kit, and so on. You have the opportunity to book music lessons and places on the School’s coaches. You can do much of this online. There is a welcome morning for the boys in June.

What is the deposit?

On acceptance of a place, £1050 (£600 set against the first term’s tuition fee, £400 set against final account, £50 non-refundable administrative fee).

 

Year 9 Entry (13+)

How many boys apply? How many places do you offer?

About 330 boys apply, 300 sit the exam and 140 places are offered with a view to gaining 75-80 acceptances.

When do I apply?

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your son must be 13 years old by 1st September of the year of entry.
You must register your son before June 30th of Year 5.

How does the School assess boys?

We offer based on performance in 3 areas.

  1. A report from your son’s current school. We request this directly and it’s usually completed on the ICAS/ISEB Common Transfer form. After your son’s interview, we feedback to and discuss your son’s performance with his current school.
  2. Individual interviews for all applicants after which we select boys to invite to our qualifying examinations.
  3. Merchant Taylors’ qualifying examinations in English, Mathematics and the MTS General Paper. All examinations are marked or moderated by Merchant Taylors’ teachers.

Candidates who have accepted a place will sit ISEB Common Entrance papers in January of Year 8 for the purposes of setting only.

When are the interviews?

They are held in September and October of Year 6. Interviews are one to one with a member of staff and last approximately 25 minutes. The interview will assess four areas – communication; intellectual curiosity; reasoning and extra-curricular commitment.

When are the exams?

They are held in early December of Year 6.

When will I know the results? When do I have to decide by?

We email offers of places in mid-February of Year 6. All replies (fee-paying places, scholarships and bursaries) are required by the end of the first week of March at the latest - the precise date will vary year by year.

In January of Year 7 we email you to confirm your acceptance of a place.  Prior to this point you can change your mind and we will refund your deposit.  From January of Year 7, your deposit is non-returnable should you withdraw.

What happens after I have accepted a place?

You and your son are invited to the School to meet his Head of House and to have a medical with the School Nurse in the Summer Term of Year 8.

You and he will receive publications explaining the school routines, the process for buying uniform, games kit, and so on.

Later, you will also have the opportunity to book instrumental lessons and places on the School’s coaches.

What is the deposit?

  • Registration Fee £100 (non-returnable)
  • Examination Fee £50 (non-returnable)
  • Initial Acceptance of a place £1000 (returnable up to January of Year 7)
  • Final acceptance of a place £1000 (non-returnable in the event of withdrawal)

Of the total deposit of £2000, £1600 will go towards the first term’s fees and £400 will be returned at the end of your son’s school career.
 

Year 12 Entry (16+)

How many boys apply? How many places do you offer?

Approximately 40 candidates apply each year.  We offer on the basis of potential and have no specific number of offers in mind.

When do I apply?

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your son must be 16 years old by 1st September of the year of entry & no younger than 15 years 6 months.

You must register your son before 7th October of the year before the proposed year of entry.

What subjects can I choose?  Are my choices guaranteed?

We will send you an information booklet listing the subject choices available.  We ask candidates to choose four subjects that they would like to study in the Sixth form.   You will sit examinations in the four choices you give us.  In the Spring we will do our best to timetable all choices, however we cannot guarantee that all combinations will be available - this is true for all boys entering the Sixth Form at Merchant Taylors'.  If a particular combination proves impossible to fulfil, the School will contact you and ask for an alternative choice. 

How does the School assess boys?

We offer based on performance in 4 areas. 

  1. A report, including GCSE predictions, direct from your son’s current school. We request this directly and it’s usually completed on a Merchant Taylors’ form.  The school will be looking for a minimum of seven grades at 8/9 or A*.
  2. Merchant Taylors’ examinations in the candidates four nominated A level subjects. Held in November at Merchant Taylors’. 
  3. Those candidates who are successful in the examinations will be invited to Merchant Taylors' for interviews in their nominated A level subjects and a general interview with a member of the Sixth Form leadership team.
  4. A conditional offer will be emailed - this will specify attaining or exceeding a conditional offer based on results at GCSE.  These will include top grades in your son's A level choices as well as English and Mathematics.  The grades will be specified in the offer letter.

When are the exams?

Around the second or third week of November, typically the second week after half term.

When are the interviews?

Typically the last week of November, after the examinations.

When will I know the results? When do I have to decide by?

We put conditional offers of places in the post no earlier than December 1st. All replies (places, scholarships, bursaries) are required no earlier than December 8th - the precise date will vary year by year and will be specified in the conditional offer letter.

What happens after I have accepted a place?

You pay your deposit of £1,050. Your son will be invited in for a Sixth Form induction course in June. You and he receive publications explaining the school routines, the process for buying uniform, games kit, and so on. You have the opportunity to book music lessons and places on the School’s coaches. You can do much of this online.  On GCSE results day you must contact the Admissions office and send a scan of your son's results to confirm his place in the School

What is the deposit?

On acceptance of a place, £1050 (£600 set against the first term’s tuition fee, £400 set against final account, £50 non-refundable administrative fee).