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Year 9 Entry

1. Registration

Standard Applicants (not applying for a Scholarship) 

An applicant who is applying for a place at Harrow without a scholarship or bursary should, ideally by the end of Year 5, but definitely by 1 May of Year 6:

  • Complete and return a Registration Form; and
  • Pay the £325 registration fee.

Applicants at School in Hong Kong and China

An applicant at school in Hong Kong should register with Ms Battie Fung at Academic Asia in Hong Kong. 

An applicant at school in mainland China should register with UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service. Tel: 0086 (0) 21 6330 6270 www.ukboardingschools.org.uk

Please contact these representatives for details of our admissions process in these locations.

Scholarship Applicants (not requiring a bursary)

An applicant who wishes to apply for a scholarship but would accept a place irrespective of receiving one, should ideally by the end of Year 5:

Scholarship Applicants (requiring a Bursary)

An applicant who would only accept a place at Harrow on receipt of a means-tested bursary can either:

  • complete the Scholarship and Bursary Application Form and return it, together with the £50 Scholarship and Bursary Application Fee, by early December of Year 8, or
  • complete the Scholarship and Bursary Application Form and return it, together with the Year 9 Registration Form and the Registration Fee of £325. An applicant will then go through our standard academic process. We will be able to inform parents in advance of the scholarship assessments what bursarial assistance they are likely to be entitled to and if their son is academically strong enough for Harrow. These applicants will have £200 of the £325 Registration Fee returned if they are not offered a place a the School.

 

Late APPLICANTS (registering between 1 May of Year 6 and 1 May of Year 7)

An applicant who is registered between 1 May of Year 6 and 1 May of Year 7 is referred to as a ‘Late Applicant’. A late applicant will be invited to sit the ISEB Pre-Test (if he has already sat this for another school, we will access his results). If the applicant's ISEB Pre-Test results meet the required standard, we will invite him to sit the Harrow Test.

2. Reference

We request a confidential reference from an applicant’s current school at the end of Year 5. If he registers after this point, we will request a reference for him immediately.   

3. ISEB Pre-Test

Ideally, an applicant should sit the ISEB Pre-Test between 1 October and the end of the autumn term of Year 6. The ISEB Pre-Test is a standardised, age-adaptive measure of ability and attainment, meaning that an applicant is not disadvantaged by sitting it early in Year 6 or by being young for his year. The Pre-Test is an online assessment consisting of multiple-choice questions in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, English and Mathematics. It takes approximately two and a half hours to complete and its components can be taken together or at separate times. 

We deselect a small number of applicants who do not perform well in the test and invite the strongest applicants to meet House Masters during Year 6. All applicants are interviewed by a House Master when they sit the Harrow Test at the begining of Year 7, wheather they have met a House Master in Year 6 or not.

 

APPLICANTS AT PREP SCHOOLS IN THE UK

An applicant who attends a prep school in the UK informs his current school that he is required to sit the ISEB Pre-Test for Harrow; the school should be familiar with the Pre-Test and will make arrangements for him take it there.

Applicants at Other Schools in the UK

An applicant who attends a school that does not routinely administer the ISEB Pre-Test asks his current school to supply a suitable testing room with a computer and internet access, along with an administrator to set up and supervise the Pre-Test. Once the administrator's name and email address have been supplied to us, we will provide them with the information needed to administer the test.

Applicants at schools overseas

An applicant who attends a school overseas asks his current school to supply a suitable testing room with a computer and internet access, along with an administrator to set up and supervise the Pre-Test. If the applicant's current school is unable to provide this, his local British Council office or another educational establishment may provide an alternative venue. Once the administrator's name and email address have been supplied to us, we will  provide them with the information needed to administer the test.

Applicants who have sat the ISEB Pre-Test for another school

The Admissions Office should be informed if an applicant has already sat the ISEB Pre-Test for another school as we will request his results from the ISEB (results are shared between the schools for which a candidate is registered). Applicants can only sit the Pre-Test once in any one academic year.

We deselect a small number of applicants who do not perform well in the test and invite the strongest applicants to meet House Masters during Year 6. All applicants are interviewed by a House Master when they sit the Harrow Test at the beginning of Year 7.

4. The Harrow Test

If an applicant has been successful in the ISEB Pre-Test, we invite him to sit the Harrow Test at the School in the autumn term of Year 7. The Harrow Test comprises two 15-minute interviews (one with a House Master and another with a Senior Beak), a computerised English and Maths assessment (one hour in total) a short written essay (20 minutes).

5. Results

In the first week of December of Year 7, having completed the Harrow Test, an applicant receives one of the following results:

  • A1 List - the offer of a place at the School in a specific House;
  • A2 List - the offer of a place at the School with a House to be confirmed at a later date;
  • B List - the offer of a place on our Waiting List; or
  • C List - no offer.

Offers are subject to a satisfactory performance in either the Common Entrance (CE) or our Academic Scholarship examinations.

6. Common Entrance (CE) or Academic Scholarship

Standard applicants at CE schools 

 

An applicant at a CE school, who has been offered a place at the School, sits the full set of CE examinations in June of Year 8. A boy who performs well in the Academic Scholarship examinations is unlikely to be required to sit the CE examinations.

An applicant is required to sit Level 2 or 3 papers in Mathematics and Latin, and Level 2 papers in English, Science and French. If he does not study French, he should sit a Level 2 paper in another language. We encourage applicants to stretch themselves and we weight the CE results to reward those who attempt the more challenging papers.

To secure his place, an applicant is required to pass CE with a minimum average of 65% across all subjects and to achieve a minimum of 60% in both English and Mathematics. 

Standard Applicants at non-CE schools (excluding those in Hong Kong)

 

An applicant at a non-CE school (excluding those in Hong Kong) who has been offered a place at Harrow, sits CE examinations in four subjects in June of Year 8. A boy who performs well in the Academic Scholarship examinations is unlikely to be required to sit these CE examinations.

To secure his place, an applicant is required to pass English (Level 2) and Mathematics (Level 2 or 3) with a minimum of 60% in each subject. He must sit the Maths Calculator and Non-Calculator papers; if he is at school in the UK, he must sit the Mental Maths paper. He will also be required to sit papers in Science (Level 2) and French (Level 2, if studied), for setting purposes only. He need not take the speaking and listening examinations in Languages.

We encourage applicants to stretch themselves and we weight the CE results to reward those who attempt the more challenging papers. 

Applicants at School in Hong KOng

An applicant at school in Hong Kong, who has been offered a place at Harrow, sits CE examinations in four subjects in June of Year 8. A boy who performs well in the Academic Scholarship examinations is unlikely to be required to sit these CE examinations.

To secure his place, an applicant is required to sit papers in English (Level 2), Mathematics (Level 3), Science (Level 2) and French (Level 2, if studied) for setting purposes only. He need not take the speaking and listening examinations in Languages, nor the Mental Maths paper.

ACADEMIC Scholarship Applicants

An applicant applying for a scholarship sits the Academic Scholarship examinations at Harrow in late February of Year 8. A boy who performs well in the Academic Scholarship examinations is unlikely to be required to sit the CE examinations.