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 £100. 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):

  • Nursery
  • Reception
  • 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
Register

Our Assessment Process

Nursery
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 a week in February. 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. Any scholarship auditions and interviews will be scheduled on the same day. The entrance exams are taken by all candidates on a Saturday morning in 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 an online standardised test and a 60 minute paper comprising three 20 minute questions.
Students must have achieved, or be likely to achieve, at least six GCSE passes at grades 9 – 4, with, where relevant, a grade 6 in the subjects they want to study at A Level. Students who want to study Mathematics at A Level should preferably have achieved, or be likely to achieve a grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE. Students who want to pursue the subject at A Level with a grade 6 will be considered and will have a short interview with the Head of Mathematics to determine their suitability for the course.

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 an 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 at grades 9 – 4, with, where relevant, a grade 6 in the subjects they want to study at A Level. Students who want to study Mathematics at A Level should preferably have achieved, or be likely to achieve a grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE. Students who want to pursue the subject at A Level with a grade 6 will be considered and will have a short interview with the Head of Mathematics to determine their suitability for the course.

If spaces are available after the assessment process, students will be invited in individually for assessment and interview

Our Fees

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].

Schedule of Fees – Fees per term from September 2019 (updated annually)

Fees Nursery
EYFE Scheme:
EYFE session (8:30 – 11:30am): Free of charge
Morning including lunch: £20.00
Afternoon including lunch: £35.00
Full Day: £38.00
Outside EYFE Scheme:
EYFE session (8:30 – 11:30am): £29.00
Morning including lunch: £48.50
Afternoon including lunch: £35.00
Full Day: £67.00
Extended Day activities: £5.70 per hour or part thereof

Reception: £2,370
Years 1 & 2: £2,900
Year 3: £3,470
Year 4: £3,550
Years 5 & 6: £4,390
Years 7 & 8 day students: £6,300
Years 7 & 8 boarding: £9,150
Years 9, 10, & 11 day students: £6,610
Years 9, 10, & 11 boarding: £10,290
Years 12 & 13 day students (concession – students from Yr 11): £6,610
Years 12 & 13 day students: £7,020
Years 12 & 13 boarding students (concession – students from Yr 11): £10,290
Years 12 & 13 boarding: £10,690

Download our full schedule of fees