Methods of Entry

Admissions Policy (11-18 Years)

Blundell's is a co-educational independent HMC school for pupils from ages 11 to 18. The school has 570 pupils, of whom 205 are Full/Weekly boarders, 175 Flexi boarders with the remainder being Day students. We believe that a personal visit is invaluable and so we hope our website will encourage you to contact our Registrars in order to gain a prospectus and to arrange for a personalised tour.

There really is only one way to fully appreciate the lovely grounds and excellent facilities, but also to understand the very happy and fulfilling all-round education being enjoyed by so many Blundellians today. If you prefer your first visit to be a more relaxed introduction to Blundell’s, we hold an Open Morning on a Saturday morning in early September each year.

Entry Procedure

Blundell’s is an academically selective school. Selection is based upon academic merit, which is assessed through the relevant entry examinations, an interview at the school if at all possible and by references/reports from the candidate’s previous school. Our selection process is designed to identify pupils who are able to benefit from a balanced and well-rounded education and make a positive contribution towards the life of the school.

Registration

A Registration Form accompanies the prospectus; this requires a non-refundable fee of £100 (no fee for Blundell's Prep School transfers or Foundation applicants). All pupils taking entrance examinations, at any level, must be registered prior to the examination.

This reserves a provisional place for your child, conditional on satisfying the entrance criteria, and enters your details on our computer. You will then receive termly updates on events such as concerts, open days, plays, school matches and curriculum developments. This will obviously enable us to keep communication channels very much open and help to keep our records up to date with your intentions and changes of circumstances/address etc.

Our Bank Details and Registration forms can be accessed via the links below.

Bank Details (PDF) | Registration Form (PDF)

Confirmation

Confirmation of Intention forms will be issued to all registered families at the appropriate time in the year prior to admission. This will confirm that Blundell’s is your first choice school and guarantees your child a place with a bed where appropriate, subject to them satisfying the relevant entrance requirements. The earlier this is received the more confident we can be of offering you your first choice House and of avoiding any disappointment of places being unavailable.

Once a place has been formally offered, you will be asked to complete an Acceptance Form, parent contract, and forward a £500 deposit - £1,000 for pupils outside the EU - (the deposit is refunded on completion of a child’s education at Blundell’s); Foundation Scholars are the only exemptions to the deposit. Your new pupil documents, bursarial information, parental handbook and medical questionnaire will be sent to you in early July prior to your child’s arrival.

Methods of Entry
11+ Entrance & Scholarships By the Blundell’s Entry Tests in English, Mathematics and Non Verbal Reasoning. These are taken in January at Blundell’s. Late entrants can be tested separately by arrangement, dependent on places still being available.
13+ Entrance By the 13+ Common Entrance, which is taken in June at Preparatory Schools, or via the Scholarship programme. Those not at Preparatory Schools take the Blundell’s Entry Tests in English and Mathematics by arrangement.
16+ Entrance The minimum requirement for entry to the Sixth Form is 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. We also require at least an A or B grade in any subject to be taken at A2 Level. A report will be requested from the present school and, where possible, candidates will be interviewed at Blundell’s. There are various scholarship options available.

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Current Information (PDF)
More detailed scholarship information is available in the Current Information PDF document.

Boarding at Blundell's
Boarding at Blundell's (PDF)

Blundell's Bank Details
Bank Details (PDF)

Blundell's Registration Form
Registration Form (PDF)

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