FAQs

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.

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).

13+

This refers to 13+ admission up to 2021. For 2022 please click here

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

About 200 boys apply, 170 sit the exam, 130 places are offered, and 100 are accepted.
These numbers remain constant year on year.

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 28th February of the year before the proposed year of entry.

How does the School assess boys?

We offer based on performance in 3 areas. Conditional offers are made before the examinations based on
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.
3. Starting in January 2017, Merchant Taylors’ holds examinations in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and a choice of French, German or Spanish. The examinations are held over two days at the end of January at Merchant Taylors’. The Latin examination is not compulsory.  Pupils from State Schools will be invited to take a Verbal Reasoning Paper in lieu of examinations for which they have not been prepared.  All examinations are marked by Merchant Taylors’ teachers.  

When are the interviews?

Between May and June, in year 7, the year before sitting the entrance papers.

When are the exams?

They are held over 2 days towards the end of January in year 8.

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

Offers for admission at 13+ are sent 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?

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 instrumental lessons and places on the School’s coaches. Much of this can be done online.

What is the deposit?

On confirmation of registration in the year preceding entry, a £450 deposit (£400 set against final account, £50 non-refundable administrative fee) followed by a further £600 on acceptance of a conditional offer of a place (set against the first term’s tuition fee).

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 30th September 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 fulfill, 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 first week of December, 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).?