Entry to St James is a simple process.
We encourage boys to apply for St James in either Year 5 or 6 for entry into Year 7. The majority of boys apply for entry in Year 7 when we have three classes of approximately 20 boys. We add an additional class of 20 boys in Year 9 going up to four form entry.
- Register your son with us. For 2020 entry, the closing date for registrations has been extended to Friday 29th 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 Head or senior teacher. The interviews usually take place following the entrance exams in January.
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+ exams in January of Year 6)
Year 9 (pre-test exams are offered in Year 6 and 7) If places are still available candidates may be able to sit a 13+ exam in Year 8. Please contact the admissions office to check availability.
Sixth Form (interview only)
We also offer pre testing (10+) for Year 7. Please contact us for information.
In Year entries maybe possible subject to places becoming available in years 7 and 8. Please note that we do not take boys into Year 10, except in very exceptional circumstances. Please contact us or call the Admissions Registrar Sarah Harris on 01784 266933