Entry to St James is a simple process.
- Register your son with us. For 2020 entry, the closing date for registrations is Friday 15th November 2019 (If you have missed this date, please contact us). Complete our registration form and return it along with the registration fee of £125, one passport-sized photograph (digital prints are fine) and a recent full school report (grade sheets are not acceptable). The registration form is available to download here.
- Sit an entrance exam. All boys are tested in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning. The main entrance exam is held in January. For 2020 entry the entrance exam will be held on Thursday 9th January 2020.
- Attend an interview with a member of the Senior Management Team. All parents and boys are invited to an interview with either the Headmaster, the Deputy Heads or the Head of Upper School or Sixth Form. These usually take place in the 3-4 weeks following the entrance exam.
The Headmaster will consider exam results and the interview and will come to a decision about whether or not to make an offer of a place. Offers for 2020 entrants will be posted during w/b 3rd February.
We do not select solely on the results of the Entrance Exams, the interview is an important part of the process and the Headmaster will meet the parents along side their sons.
Whilst we are an academically selective school offering an academic programme, we do look for ability and talent that is not necessarily measured by the boy’s performance in the exams. We are looking for character, a wide range of interests and a facility for talking about them, as well as strengths in, for instance, art, sport, singing, drama, music or debating. We also look for boys who, we consider, show commitment to the distinctive values of St James and will respond to the school’s care, opportunities and ethos, and will, in return, contribute to the school by their talents and enthusiasm.
Priority is given to any candidate who has a brother or sister who is attending, or has attended, any of the St James Schools throughout the world. Also, any candidate who has a parent who is an ex pupil of these Schools will receive priority.
We offer several points of entry to the school:
Year 7 (11+)
Year 9 (by sitting 11+ or 12+ exams)
Sixth Form (interview only)
We also offer pre testing (10+) for Year 7. Please contact us for information.
For entry at other stages, and for inter-year transfers, please contact us.