The Offer of Place letter from the Headmaster will initiate the final stage of the Admission process. Preference is given to siblings of boys already in the school and to sons of old boys. Thereafter, offers of place are based on merit and on date of application. Parents to whom offers have been sent by the Headmaster have to sign an ‘Acceptance of Place’ form and return it together with proof of payment of the non-refundable placement fee to secure their son’s place at the school. The entrance procedure differs for each section of our school.
Entrance to Grades R follows a process of interview. This is undertaken by the Prep Headmaster.
Offers for Grade R are made well in advance. The next offers of place will be for the academic year 2016.
Grades 1 and 2
Entrance to Grades 1 and 2 follows a process of interview and testing. This is undertaken by the Headmaster of the Prep and the Pre-Prep staff. Offers for Grade 1 or 2 can only be made if boys are withdrawn from the school.
Grades 3 to 7
Entrance to the Prep follows a process of interview and testing. This is undertaken by Mr Greg Brown, the Headmaster of our Prep School, and the Prep staff. Offers can only be made if boys are withdrawn from the school.
Entrance to Grade 8 has a set procedure to ensure a fair offer being made to all those who apply. There are 150 Grade 8 places on offer each year, and over 260 Grade 7 candidates from a large number of prep schools typically apply for these places.
The year before admission, applicants who have already registered at Bishops will receive a letter in which they are invited to sit the Entrance examination. A small fee is charged. This exam is followed in some cases by interviews, but in all cases, the prep schools are asked to complete a confidential questionnaire on each candidate’s performance and achievements at prep school. Offers of place are made towards the end of May annually.
Grades 9 to 12
Offers for Grades 9 to 12 can only be made if current pupils are withdrawn from the school, as all Grades are currently fully subscribed.