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General Admissions

Please complete an enquiry form to request more information or a prospectus

Visit the School

We recommend you arrange a visit or come along to one of our Open Events so you can experience first hand what makes us such a special place. To book a tour, visit or taster session please complete the enquiry form in order for us to process your request accordingly.

How to Apply

The specific application procedures for our Pre Prep, Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form are explained below. 

Junior and Pre Prep School

Join us at anytime!

Entrance to Bablake Junior and Pre Prep School is available any time where vacancies exist. 


Submit an application form

If you would like your son or daughter to be considered for entry into the Junior School or Pre Prep, please complete our application form


Arrange a visit or a taster day

  • As part of the application process, we recommend you visit the school so you can experience first hand what makes us such a special place.
  • To arrange a visit or a taster day please call the Junior School (ages 7-11) on 024 7627 1260 or the Pre Prep School (ages 3-7) on 024 7627 1285.

We look forward to welcoming you into our school


Entrance Assessments

During their time with us, pupils will make a considerable amount of progress. Our entrance assessments are about recognising a child's potential and not simply what or how somebody has been taught. Pupils come to us from many different backgrounds and have had varying educational experiences.

Once we have received your application form your child will be invited for an entrance assessment and familiarisation afternoon. We hold a Year 3 and Year 4 entry examination on the first Saturday in February for those pupils looking to start with us in September.

Additional entrance assessments for children looking to join in September or throughout the year take place on any suitable occasion or during a visit.


Junior School (ages 7-11) Assessments

It is our hope that all of our pupils will go on to gain entry into the Senior School.  This is quite an academic challenge and we, therefore, accept children into Bablake Junior and Pre Prep School who we feel have that potential.

In the Junior School entrance assessments in Reading, English and Maths are based on the work that will be done by the children at their current schools.  In Reading, we assess each child's skills in comprehension, spelling and grammar and we also ask them to do a little writing. In Maths, we expect each child to have a broad ability and a working knowledge of mathematical terms.

Pupils will also have to complete a Non-Verbal Reasoning paper.  This test seeks to give an indicator as to their potential and suggests how easily they may acquire new concepts.

As well as sitting the entrance assessments, we will also contact your child's present school to get further information about their progress to date.


Pre Prep School (ages 3-7) Assessments

Pre Prep pupils can progress into Year 3 at the main school site without the need to take the normal entrance exam. We, therefore, have a child-friendly, informal assessment procedure for pupils wanting to join the Pre Prep. It is preferable that pupils accepted into the Pre Prep have the long-term potential to succeed at Bablake School.

To facilitate this process we invite children to come into school for a morning to spend some time with their prospective classmates and to meet the teachers. The experience is planned to be a positive one; children join us from many different backgrounds and we are looking for potential. Your child's visit can take place at any point in the academic year as we approach the date of their enrolment. For entry into Kindergarten, this visit should take place in the Summer Term preceding entry

Senior School

Schedule for Entry in September 2020

There are still a few places available for 2020 entry. Please use the following application form and information to apply.

Schedule for Entry in September 2021

Due to the exceptional circumstances that we find ourselves in with Covid-19, we have taken the decision to move our 11+ Entrance Examination from October and the dates below have all been updated to the new schedule.

11+ Entry

  • Parents are asked to complete the application form and return it by the application deadline of Friday 20 November 2020 (please note this is also the deadline for Bursary applications).
  • Prospective pupils will be required to sit the Entrance Examination, to be held on Tuesday 5 January 2021, with papers in English, Mathematics and Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
  • Offers of places will be posted on Friday 5 February 2021. At the same time, parents will be notified of any financial awards through Bursary or Scholarship schemes.
  • Parents are asked to signify their acceptance of the offer – or otherwise – by Monday 1 March 2021. A deposit of £300 should accompany the letter of acceptance.
  • Download an Application form 2021
  • Download the Entry booklet 2021
  • Fees, Bursaries and Scholarships information

12+, 13+ and 14+ Entry

  • Entry will be by exam, in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning (for those applying to join Year 10, there will be an additional Science paper).
  • Parents are asked to complete the application form and return it by Friday 20 November 2020.
  • The Entrance Examination date will be confirmed by letter once and application has been received.
  • Download an Application form 2021
  • Download the Entry booklet 2021


  • Our Pre-selection test is available to pupils who will start Year 5 in September 2020 and is an opportunity for pupils to sit a ‘practice’ set of papers before taking the 11+ Examination in October 2021.
  • Parents are asked to complete the application form included with this booklet and return it by Friday 7 May 2021.
  • The Pre-selection exam will take place on Wednesday 12 May 2021.
  • Download an Application form 2021
  • Download the Entry booklet 2021


Sixth Form

Schedule for Entry in September 2021

Entry to the Sixth Form

  • Parents are asked to complete the application form and return it by January 2021 (date TBC).

  • Applicants will be invited to visit the School, where they will be interviewed by the Head of Sixth Form and the Headmaster.

  • Academic, Music and Sports Scholarships are all available

  • After interview, and a satisfactory report from the applicant’s current school, offers will be made conditional upon gaining specified grades in the GCSEs. The minimum entry is normally five Grade 6 (or equivalent) passes. Offers will be made at the Headmaster’s discretion shortly after the interview date.

  • A £300 deposit should accompany the letter of acceptance.

  • Parents are asked to contact the School as soon as the GCSE results are known. In the event of unsatisfactory results and the subsequent withdrawal of a place by the School, the £300 deposit will be returned.

  • Download and Application form 2021

  • Download the Entry Booklet 2021

  • Download the 2020 Sixth Form Prospectus (2021 prospectus will be available from August 2020)

International Applications

International applications are done on a case by case basis and follow the standard procedures where possible. Please complete our enquiry form in order for us to start this process and provide the  necessary information.




We have a small number of Sixth Form students from Mainland China and welcome applications for Sixth Form entry via our agent, Gateway. Upon receipt of an application and completion of the international entry examination, we will invite successful candidates to interview through Skype. A high standard of English is required for students to cope with the level of work expected of them in their A level studies at Bablake. Students stay with host families locally and are encouraged to take part in the wider curriculum that Bablake offers outside the classroom - so that they can benefit fully from life in the Sixth Form. 


Gateway's details are as follows: 

Gateway Education 
2-4 Darnell Way 
Moulton Park  
NN3 6RW 


Tel: +44 (0)1604 642 082 


For information regarding applications from elsewhere overseas, please contact the Admissions Team by email:

Bradley is a very confident, polite, adaptable and capable young man and we thank you for the part you have played in helping him be that person.

Senior School Parent

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