Abingdon welcomes applications from boys wanting to enter the Sixth Form as day or boarding pupils. We receive applications from boys attending a very wide variety of schools ranging from the local independent and maintained sector schools to those attending schools overseas.

The sixth form admissions process takes place between November and early March of the year immediately preceding entry. Listed below are the details of the sixth form entry procedure as well as the key dates for sixth form entry.​ You may also like to view the sixth form prospectus online or download the PDF version. You can also view the sixth form curriculum online.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Admissions Office by email [email protected].

Key Dates

Key dates for Sixth Form entry to Abingdon in September 2023
Autumn 2022 Register
Saturday 1 October 2022 Open Day
ASSESSMENT DAYS: Boarders and overseas students are encouraged to take their assessments in November. Day students are recommended to take their assessments in February. Alternative dates may be discussed with the Admissions Office.
First assessment date: Boarding and Overseas

Wednesday 16 November 2022

  • Report and reference to be received from candidate’s current school prior to the assessment day
  • Entrance exams and interviews (including Academic Scholarships)
  • Result letters will be sent out early in December. (Acceptances and acceptance fee to be received within 2 weeks.)
Second assessment date: Day places

Saturday 4 February 2023

  • Report and reference to be received from candidate’s current school prior to the assessment day
  • Entrance exams and interviews (including Academic Scholarships)
  • Result letters will be sent out approximately two weeks after the assessment. (Acceptances and acceptance fee to be received within 2 weeks.)
BURSARIES: Bursary application deadline: 11 November 2022 at 9am
SCHOLARSHIPS: Academic Scholarships are taken as part of the general assessment days
21 October 2022 Deadline for Sixth Form Scholarship applications
11 November 2022 Portfolio deadline for Art and Design & Technology applications
22 November 2022 Art & Design & Technology Scholarship assessments and interviews
24 November 2022 Music, and Drama Scholarship assessments and interviews
25 November 2022 Sport Scholarship assessments and interviews
August 2023 GCSE results to be provided to the Admissions Office for place confirmation (as appropriate)


Sixth form boys are usually aged 16 on 1 September in the year of entry. As far as possible boys should be registered by November in the year prior to entry.

Overseas Admissions to Sixth Form

Parents of overseas boys seeking admission to the Sixth Form should refer to the overseas admissions page containing more detailed information relevant to overseas assessments and transfer.

Boarding Entry

Both weekly and full boarding places are available in the Sixth Form.

Procedure and entry requirements

  • Following registration candidates are asked to provide further information about their choice of A level subjects.
  • We will ask a boy’s current school for a reference.
  • Academic assessments and interviews take place from November. However most locally based candidates, including those wishing to sit our academic sixth form scholarship, attend their interviews and assessments in the Lent term (February). Please feel free to contact the Admissions Department to discuss dates for assessment.
  • Candidates will sit papers in the four subjects they intend to study at A level, together with a reasoning paper. Candidates whose first language is not English may also need to take English grammar and essay papers.
  • Candidates will have an interview with the Upper Master or a member of senior academic staff as well as at least one subject interview. Candidates whose first language is not English may also be interviewed by our Head of EFL.
  • Candidates will be offered places based on the results of their interviews and assessments, and in the case of those taking GCSEs, the strength of their predicted grades. For those taking GCSEs Abingdon has a minimum grade requirement. To reflect the national changes to GCSE, where subjects are graded using the numerical system, an average of ‘6’ (equivalent to a B grade) is needed across all GCSE grades with 7s required in subjects to be studied at A level. However an 8 is required in GCSE Maths if Further Maths is to be studied at A level. Please contact the Director of Admissions for further information.
  • Overseas candidates may take their examination papers overseas by prior arrangement and papers may be sent from November onwards. Interviews for overseas candidates may also be conducted using Skype or a similar medium. However we always encourage candidates to visit the School if at all possible and we do reserve the right to ask individuals to attend the School for assessment when it is considered necessary.

Scholarships and Exhibitions

A number of scholarships and exhibitions are offered at this entry point.

Financial Assistance

Bursaries are available and can be up to 100% of the fees. All bursaries are means-tested.


Offers of places are usually sent two weeks after interviews with the first offers made in December. Parents will be asked to give a firm acceptance of the place and to pay an acceptance fee which will be credited to the parents’ final account when their son leaves the School. Candidates whose places are conditional upon GCSE results (or their equivalent) should inform the Registrar of their results as soon as they are known.


We welcome visits at any time during the admissions procedure. Should you wish to discuss the entry procedures further before visiting us, please contact the Admission’s office at [email protected] or telephone +44 1235 849041.