Admissions Journey

“We are delighted that you are considering St James as an educational pathway for your son.”

Carol Griffin | Registrar

In this section, you will find all the information regarding our Admissions Process.

Our Year 7 Admissions Process

  • Attend an Open Event or book an individual tour
  • Complete the online registration form to apply for your place (November)
  • Examination and interview (December, January)
  • Offer and acceptance (January)
  • Join St James (September)


1 Open Events

Families are encouraged to visit the school before making an application.

Meeting our pupils and staff is the best way to get a feel for the school. You will see the community which makes St James Senior Boys’ School so unique, and such a popular choice for parents who want their children to be their best and love learning.

Open Events and individual tours are held throughout the year. See the school in action, with an address from the Head and pupil-led tours. Prospective pupils and parents of all entry points are welcome to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you to St James Senior Boys’ School.

Book your visit here

St James Senior Boys’ School Open Events

Wednesday 13 March (9.00am-10.30am)

Thursday 9 May (9.00am-10.30am)

Thursday 20 June (9.00am-10.30am)


2 Registration


To register your child for a place at St James, you will need to:

  • complete our online registration form (by Friday 10 November 2023 for Year 7 entry)
  • pay a non-refundable fee of £125 (per child registered)
Account Details

Lloyds Bank
Account number: 00706632
Sort code: 30-97-86

Please use your son’s name as the payment reference and include the initials SB.

  • Upload the required documentation, ie passport, last school report and a digital photograph
Examination process

  • Exam


The examinations are 11+ assessment tests from GL Assessment. These are standardised tests in mathematics, English and verbal reasoning.  

Familiarisation materials are available on the GL assessment website at  and we recommend that all candidates look at these before taking the assessment. 

Date of 11+ Exam for next academic year coming soon. 

  • Interview  

All candidates are offered an interview with a senior member of staff.    

This interview is an opportunity to discuss your child’s individual strengths and needs, as a chance to ask any questions you may have about life at St James, or more broadly about life at an independent school. 

Interview Day: Saturday 20 January 2024   

School Reference

Please note that we will contact your son’s most recent school to request a confidential report.

Register Here 

3 Offer

Offers made by: Wednesday 31 January 2024

Notification as to whether we can offer your son a place at St James will be sent to you once all these steps have been completed.

4 Acceptance Deposit

Once a place is offered, an acceptance deposit payment must be paid to secure the place.

The deposit is half a term’s fee (a whole term’s fee for non-UK residents) and is returned when your daughter leaves the school.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for further information.

Contact Us

Enquiry Form



Tel: 020 7348 1748

General Enquiries


Telephone: 01784 266 933


St James Senior Boys’ School
Church Road
TW15 3DZ


Entry Requirements

10+ Pre Test For Year 7 Entry

10+ pre-tests are available for boys looking to make an application in Year 5. These exams are held in May of the preceding year. For September 2025 , applications must be made by March 28th and the exams will take place on the 3rd of May

We do not offer a Year 6 pre-test.

Year 7 (11+) Entry

At St James, we aim to make it as smooth as possible, and pupils from our Prep School can choose to move seamlessly through to the Senior Boys’ School at Year 7.

Sixty places are available, and selection is via the 11+ entrance exam and an interview.

10+ pre-tests are also available for boys looking to make an application in Year 5. These exams are held in May of the preceding year. For September 2025 , applications must be made by March 28th and the exams will take place on the 3rd of May

We do not offer a Year 6 pre-test.

Year 9 (13+) Entry

Twenty places are available, and selection is via the 13+ entrance exam and an interview. Entry can be applied for in Year 7 or Year 8 via the 12+ and 13+ pre-tests.


Year 12 (16+) Entry

Six GCSEs at grade 6 are the minimum requirement. It is necessary to have attained a 6 grade at GCSE in the subjects (or equivalent) which a student wishes to study at A Level; more information is available in our Sixth Form curriculum publication.

Please note applicants are required to submit a completed Sixth Form application form with their registration documentation.

International students should, in addition to meeting the above criteria, hold an IELTS qualification.

Early application is advised as places are limited, please contact Admissions for late entry.

Occasional places for other year groups

Places may be available for in-year entry in Year 7, 8 and 9 and we only accept applications to Year 10 in very exceptional circumstances. Entry at Year 11 is not available.

Please contact Admissions for late entry.

International Applicants

We invite applications from overseas and our international pupils are warmly welcomed to St James. We would ideally like you to visit St James for yourself to see all that is on offer but understand that this is not always possible. Therefore, we can facilitate the admission process online.

Our schools are a Sponsor for UK Visa and Immigration and are licensed to support a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for Child Student Visas.

Please contact Admissions  for further information on availability and procedures.

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch 

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