Admissions & Fees
Information on our assessment process, admissions and fees
Our Admissions Process
Frensham Heights is selective only in the sense that we aim to choose the students we believe will thrive and benefit from everything the school has to offer and who, in turn, will fully contribute to the life of the school. We deliberately work to make the admissions process as informal as possible and we place equal emphasis on the interview, the exams and, where relevant, the group activities.
The registration fee for all prospective students is £75. Parents who are interested in their child joining Frensham are encouraged to register as early as possible. All registered parents and children are invited to key events during the school year and therefore have many opportunities to see the school in action and meet other families in the same position.
All students who want to be included in the entrance process for entry into all year groups must be registered in advance. This can be done quite easily online here. Most recruitment to the school takes place at the following points (students wanting to join other year groups will be invited in for assessment only if places are available):
- Years 5 and 6 – when the class size increases from one class of 20 in Year 4 to two classes of 16 in Years 5 and 6
- Year 7 – when the year group increases from 32 in Year 6 to a maximum of 54 in Year 7
- Year 9 – when the year group increases from 54 in Year 8 to a maximum of 72
- Year 12 – the start of Sixth Form
Our Assessment Process
Once you have registered your child (this can be done online here), we invite you to bring your child in for an informal visit of about an hour. Children should be three years old at the time of entry or due to turn three in the half term they join. We ask that they are fully toilet trained.
Reception – Year 6
Children are invited in for an informal assessment during the week commencing 12 February 2018. Assessments take place during the morning and the children then join their peer groups for the afternoon. You will receive feedback from us within a few days. The assessment is not a formal exam process but is designed to give us a good idea of your child’s reading, spelling and maths level.
Years 7 – 10
Students are invited in for an interview with the Headmaster and the Head of the Middle School during the week commencing 15 January 2018. Any scholarship auditions and interviews will be scheduled on the same day. The entrance exams are taken by all candidates on the morning of Saturday 20 January. All students spend the afternoon participating in two of four possible group activities. We aim to have all papers marked and offers made within a week. All students sit tests in reading, writing, spelling, maths and non-verbal reasoning. Those apply for Years 9 or 10 will also sit a science paper.
Sixth Form: Non Scholarship
Students are called for interview with the Headmaster and Head of Sixth Form. Students also sit a 30-minute general paper, complete and online standardised test and complete a 60-minute paper comprising three 2-minute questions. Students must have achieved or be likely to achieve at least six GCSE passes A*-C, with, where relevant, B grades in the subjects they want to study at A Level.
Sixth Form: Scholarship Students
Students are called for interview with the Headmaster and Head of Sixth Form. Candidates will also have an audition and interview with the head of department relevant to their chosen scholarship. Students also sit a 30-minute general paper, complete and online standardised test and complete a 60-minute scholarship-specific paper. Students must have achieved or be likely to achieve at least six GCSE passes A*-C, with, where relevant, B grades in the subjects they want to study at A Level.
If spaces are available after the assessment process, students will be invited in individually for assessment and interview
Termly fees cover most classroom stationery, lectures and the majority of books. Catering – all routine meals for boarders and lunches for day students – is included in the fees. There may be additional charges for some activities, some transport and use of non-school sports facilities. Parents will be made aware of any such charges before these are added to bills.
Honorary scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available. For more information, please contact [email protected].
EYFE session (8:30 – 11:30am): Free of charge
Morning including lunch: £19
Afternoon including lunch: £33
Full Day: £36
Outside EYFE Scheme:
EYFE session (8:30 – 11:30am): £27
Morning including lunch: £46
Afternoon including lunch: £33
Full Day: £63
Extended Day activities: £5.40 per hour or part thereof
Years 1 & 2: £2,730
Year 3: £3,270
Year 4: £3,340
Years 5 & 6: £4,130
Years 7 & 8 day students: £5,930
Years 7 & 8 boarding: £8,490
Years 9, 10, & 11 day students: £6,220
Years 9, 10, & 11 boarding: £9,560
Years 12 & 13 day students: £6,610
Years 12 & 13 boarding: £9,930