How to apply

Thank you for considering King Edward’s School for your son. The steps below will provide you with the information you need to make an application to the School. Our usual entry points are at the start of Shells (Year 7) and the start of Divisions (Year 12), but we will sometimes consider applicants for entry into Upper Middles (Year 9), if space is available. 

Please note that KES does not accept applications from international students. Boys applying to the school must hold either a UK passport or the relevant visas to remain in the UK, and must be living locally with their family. 

For further information about admissions or any difficulties with the date of an entrance examination, please contact Mrs Neelam Hall, Director of Admissions, on tel: 0121 415 6056 or email:

When you complete the application form, you should receive a confirmation email and a receipt of payment (if applicable). If you do not receive either of these, please email:

  • Entry at 11+

    Registration for entry at 11+ in 2024 is now closed.  

    The majority of boys enter the School in Year 7 (11+) and continue their studies into the Sixth Form. Around 130 places are available in Year 7 and the year group is usually divided into five forms.

    Application form

    The first step in the application process is to complete the 11+ Application Form online. This form provides us with all the information we need to be able to register your son for the examination and enables you to express an interest in applying for as Assisted Place and/or music scholarship, if applicable. 

    A non-refundable registration fee of £50 will be payable at the time of application, unless you provide proof of receipt of Universal Credit, Income Support or Job Seeker’s Allowance (not Tax Credits). A recent passport style photograph will need to be uploaded.

    On receipt of the application form, we encourage you to view our advice sheet about the 11+ examination and sample questions available on our website. We will also request a headteacher’s report from your son’s current school.

    Entrance examination

    The entrance examination consists of three one-hour papers in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning. The English and mathematics papers are written and set by the School and we advise that parents do not seek additional tuition for the examination.

    Find out more about the entrance examination and what to expect on the day.


    Following the examination, a considerable number of boys are invited to attend an interview. These are primarily with candidates for Assisted Places and Scholarships and for boys on the borderline.

    Interviews, along with the headteacher’s report, form an essential part of the application process in ensuring that we offer places to boys who will be able to make the most of a King Edward’s education and non-academic achievements and activities carry considerable weight.


    All parents are notified by post as to the outcome of their son’s application, whether they have or have not been offered a place, a scholarship, an Assisted Place or if they are on the reserve list. To accept a place, a non-refundable deposit is required of £400 from all full fee-paying parents.

    If you decide to decline the offer of a place, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible so that we may offer the place to a candidate on the reserve list.

    Important dates for 2024 11+ entry

    11+ application deadline for 2024 entry  Wednesday 13 September 2023, 12pm 
    11+ deadline for boys requesting special consideration Friday 8 September 2023
    Entrance exam Saturday 7 October 2023
    Interviews by invitation only for academic scholarships, Assisted Places and boys on the borderline November 2023 TBC
    Music scholarship auditions Thursday 9 November 2023 
    Results sent by letter to parents Mid-December 2023 


  • Entry into the Sixth Form

    Our Sixth Form provides an excellent preparation for the demands of university and adult life, and on average, we have fifteen places available each year.

    All boys in the Sixth Form study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma rather than A-levels. The IB Diploma embodies a different educational philosophy and boys study six subjects, which must include English, mathematics, a science, a language and a humanities subject, and a common core comprising a course on the Theory of Knowledge, an extended essay and the Creativity, Action and Service Programme. Find out more about the IB Diploma.

    Registration for entry at 16+ 2024 entry is now open. 

    Application form

    A passport style photograph will be required with the application. Please ensure that you indicate on the relevant place on the form if you would like to be considered for an Assisted Place and/or music scholarship, if applicable. Please ensure that you notify us of any changes to your contact details or circumstances during the application process.

    On receipt of the application form we will request a headteacher’s report from your son’s current school.

    Entry process

    Entrance into the Sixth Form (16+) consists of interviews, examinations in Higher Level subject options, predicted GCSE results and a headteacher’s report.


    Following the interviews and a satisfactory report from the candidate’s current school, a conditional offer may be made.

    Apply online

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