Introduction to Admissions

Abingdon welcomes applications on behalf of boys from any educational background. We always recommend a visit to see the School before a registration is made. Bursaries and scholarship entry may also be discussed at this stage.

The main points of entry are at age 11 (First Year), age 13 (Third Year), and age 16 (Sixth Form). Candidates slightly older or younger may be accepted at these points of entry at the Head’s discretion; each case is considered on its merits. We have boarding (both weekly and full) from the age of 13.

There is no regular entry at other ages, but occasional vacancies arise at age 12 (Second Year) and age 14 (Fourth Year) and the Director of Admissions will consider applications for these specific age groups.

Overseas admissions are usually considered on an individual basis and age variations can be more likely. Please ask the Registrar if you are unsure about which year of entry to apply for.

Boys are selected for entry by competitive examination, but consideration is also given to character, and non-academic attainments or interests. To avoid unnecessary disappointment, every case is investigated as carefully as possible beforehand, and advice is given accordingly; it is sensible, therefore, for parents to register their sons well in advance of the admission point. Please also refer to the specific entry year pages mentioned above.

The following pages provide specific information:

Decisions about admissions are the responsibility of the Headmaster, assisted by the Director of Admissions.

For information about entry to Abingdon Preparatory School please contact the Preparatory School Admissions Manager. Main entry to the Preparatory School is at age 4+ and 7+. Boys transfer to Abingdon School from the Preparatory School at age 13+.