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+

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?

About 50 boys apply.  We invite all boys to an examination in the four subjects they wish to study for A level.

There are no fixed numbers of places – we offer on the basis of ability.

When do I apply?

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your son must be 16 years old by 1st September of the year of entry.

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

How does the School assess boys?

We offer places based on performance in 3 areas. 

  1. Performance in four examinations of the subjects to be studied for A level.
  2. Individual interviews for all applicants.
  3. A satisfactory reference from the current school
  4. Fulfilling the conditions of the offer letter – these will reflect performance in the examinations and at interview. For scholarships the tariff will likely be mainly A*s (or numerical equivalent). Other offers will depend on the individual concerned, but would typically by a minimum of 6 A grades and A*s (or numerical equivalent) in the subjects wishing to be studied for A level.

When are the exams and interviews?

These are held in November of the year before entry.  Please check the dates listed under Applying to MTS.

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

Offers for admission at 16+ are sent to parents in early in December in the year before entry and acceptances are by mid-December.

What happens after I have accepted a place?

We will ask you to confirm your place by sending us your GCSE results in August. 

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).