Admissions Process

The process by which children join Cokethorpe varies depending on the year group your child will be joining. The information below provides details of the requirements and deadlines for the process at each stage.

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Enter your child’s date of birth to find out when they can join the Cokethorpe community. If you are looking to join Cokethorpe in a different year group, please contact the Admissions Office directly as spaces may sometimes be available outside of our main entry points.

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  • Entry for Reception
  • Entry for Year 3
  • Entry for First Form
  • Entry for Third Form
  • Entry for Sixth Form

Your child would join Cokethorpe School Reception in

Visit us

Prospective parents and pupils are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office and meet with Mrs Black, Head of Prep School.

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Registration deadline

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee.

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Offers dispatched

Offers will be dispatched during Michaelmas Term (September - December).

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Admission to the school

Your child joins the Cokethorpe School community.

Your child would join Cokethorpe School Year 3 in

Visit us

Prospective parents and pupils are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office and meet with Mrs Black, Head of Prep School.

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Registration deadline

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee.

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Assessment Day

Registered, prospective pupils are invited to attend an Assessment Day in December for entry the following September. Pupils are assessed in Maths and English and participate in a practical assessment and interview.

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Offers dispatched

Offers will be dispatched during Michaelmas Term (September - December).

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Admission to the school

Your child joins the Cokethorpe School community.

Your child would join Cokethorpe School First Form in

Visit us

Prospective parents and pupils are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office, and meet with Mr Ettinger, Headmaster.

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Parent Information Evening

During the Michaelmas Term parents of registered, prospective First and Third Form pupils are invited to join us to hear from the Headmaster, Registrar, Deputy Head and Director of Studies.

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Registration deadline

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee.

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Assessment Day

Registered, prospective pupils will be invited to take part in the First Form Assessments which take place in January.

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Offers dispatched

Offers will be dispatched during Lent Term (January - March).

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Admission to the school

Your child joins the Cokethorpe School community.

Your child would join Cokethorpe School Third Form in

Visit us

Prospective parents and pupils are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office, and meet with Mr Ettinger, Headmaster.

Read more.

Parent Information Evening

During the Michaelmas Term parents of registered, prospective First and Third Form pupils are invited to join us to hear from the Headmaster, Registrar, Deputy Head and Director of Studies.

Read more.

Registration deadline

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee.

Read more.

Assessment Day

Registered, prospective pupils will be invited to take part in the Third Form Assessments which take place in January.

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Offers dispatched

Offers will be dispatched during Lent Term (January - March).

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Admission to the school

Your child joins the Cokethorpe School community.

Your child would join Cokethorpe School Sixth Form in

Visit us

Prospective parents and pupils are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office, and meet with Mr Ettinger, Headmaster.

Read more.

Preview Evening

Our Sixth Form Preview Evening usually takes place in October. The Preview Evening is an opportunity to meet Heads of Departments and view the Sixth Form Centre as well as hearing from the Head of Sixth Form and Director of Studies regarding entry to the Sixth Form.

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Registration deadline

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee.

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Offers and Entry Requirements

Offers of Sixth Form places will be conditional on the achievement of appropriate grades in the final GCSE examinations.

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Admission to the school

Your child joins the Cokethorpe School community.

Pre-Prep and Prep Entry

There are two key entry points to Cokethorpe Prep School; Reception (4+) into the Pre-Prep, and Year 3 (7+) into the Prep.

Step 1: Visit Us

Prospective parents and pupils are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office and meet with Mrs Black, Head of Prep School

Our next whole School Open Morning will take place on Saturday 25 February 2023 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. To book your place click here. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on 01993 703921 (option 1).

Step 2: Register

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee (£100 per child). The Admissions Office will be in touch to discuss next steps with you.

Registration Form

Paying Your Registration Fee

Step 3: Entrance Assessments

Reception (4+)
Registered, prospective pupils are invited to a ‘Welcome to Reception’ event in the Michaelmas Term the year before they start school. There are no formal entrance assessments.

Year 3 (7+)
In Year 3 the School grows and additional places are available. Registered, prospective pupils are invited to attend an Assessment Day in December for entry the following September. Pupils are assessed in Maths and English and participate in a practical assessment and interview.

Entry to Other Year Groups
Where places become available in other year groups (Years 1 and 2, and Years 4 to 6), registered, prospective pupils are invited to an Assessment Day. These are half termly events during which they spend the day in class, sit assessments in Maths and English, and undertake a practical assessment and interview.

Please contact the Admissions Office to find out more information and to book a place on one of our Prep Taster Days.

Step 4: Offers

Reception (4+)
Following a successful visit during the Michaelmas Term, offers for these limited places are extended thereafter on a first-come first-served basis.

Year 3 (7+)
Offers for entry into the Prep School are made following the outcome of the Assessment Day and typically by the end of November.

Offers to Other Year Groups
Offers for entry into the Prep School are made following the outcome of the Assessment Day and typically within two weeks.

Offers for a place in the Prep School are based primarily on the academic outcomes of the assessments. Reports from the pupil’s current school are also taken into consideration. Early registration is highly recommended as places are limited.

For all enquiries and to discover more about Cokethorpe School, please contact the Admissions Office on 01993 703921 (Option 1) or via email.

Key Dates
~ Deadline for Reception (4+) Registrations: September 2023
~ Welcome to Reception Events: October and November 2023
~ Reception (4+) Offers dispatched: Michaelmas Term

~ Deadline for Year 3 (7+) Registrations: October 2023
~ Year 3 (7+) Assessment Day: November 2023
~ Year 3 (7+) Offers dispatched: Michaelmas Term

Senior School Entry

The main entry points into the Senior School are at First Form (11+), Third Form (13+), and our 4-year GCSE and A Level Course (14+).

Step 1: Visit Us

Prospective parents and pupils are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office, and meet with Mr Ettinger, Headmaster.

Our next whole School Open Morning will take place on Saturday 25 February 2023 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. To book your place click here. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on 01993 703921 (option 1).

Step 2: Register

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee (£100 per child). The Admissions Office will be in touch to discuss next steps with you.

Registration Form

Paying Your Registration Fee

Step 3: Parent Information Evenings

During the Michaelmas Term parents of registered, prospective First and Third Form pupils are invited to join us to hear from the Headmaster, Registrar, Deputy Head and Director of Studies about life at Cokethorpe School and our expectations for our future First and Third Form. There is also the opportunity to hear from some of our current pupils about their own experiences of being part of Cokethorpe School.

Parents of First Form pupils will also hear from the Head of Lower House about how pupils are welcomed to the Senior School, and the Lower House Camp that takes place in the school grounds at the start of the academic year and is wonderful introduction to life in the Senior School.

Step 4: Assessment Days

First Form Assessments
Registered, prospective pupils will be invited to take part in the First Form Assessments which take place in January. These assessments span two half-days: the interview day and the formal assessments. The interview day will also include a practical assessment and reading comprehension, and the formal assessments will include a Maths and an English paper.

Third Form Assessments
Registered, prospective Third Form pupils can apply to join the January assessments up to two years prior to the intended September start date. The Assessment Day includes interviews, a practical assessment, and formal assessments in Maths and English.

Four-Year GCSE and A Level Course
Registered, prospective pupils are invited to take part in an assessment which includes interviews and formal assessments in Maths and English. Please contact the Admissions Office to find out more information and to book a place on one of our Entrance Assessment days.

Step 5: Offers

Places in the Senior School are typically offered within two weeks of sitting the assessments.

Offers for a place in the Senior School are based primarily on the academic outcomes of the assessments. Performance in interviews and practical assessments (where applicable) are factored in and Common Entrance results (where applicable) are welcomed. Reports from the pupil’s current school are also taken into consideration. Early registration is recommended.

For all enquiries and to discover more about Cokethorpe School, please contact the Admissions Office on 01993 703921 (Option 1) or via email for further information

Key Dates
~ First Form 2023 Parent Information Evening: 8 December 2022
~ Deadline for First Form Registrations: 31 December 2022
~ First Form 2023 Interview Day: 26 January 2023
~ First Form 2023 Assessments: 28 January 2023

~ Third Form 2023 and 2024 Parent Information Evening: 7 December 2022
~ Deadline for Third Form Registrations: 31 December 2022
~ Third Form 2023 and 2024 Interview and Assessment Day: 7 January 2023

Sixth Form Entry

Applications for places in our Sixth Form are welcomed and are offered conditionally upon the achievement of appropriate grades in the final GCSE examinations.

Step 1: Visit Us

Prospective parents and students are encouraged to book a personal tour with the Admissions Office, and meet with Mr Ettinger, Headmaster, and Mr Tolputt, Head of Sixth Form.

Our next whole School Open Morning will take place on Saturday 25 February 2023 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. To book your place click here. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on 01993 703921 (option 1).

Step 2: Register

Complete and return the Registration Form and non-refundable Registration Fee (£100 per student). The Admissions Office will be in touch to discuss next steps with you.

Registration Form

Paying Your Registration Fee

Step 3: Preview Evening

Our Sixth Form Preview Evening takes place in October every year. The Preview Evening is an opportunity to meet Heads of Departments and view the Sixth Form Centre as well as hearing from the Head of Sixth Form and Director of Studies regarding entry to the Sixth Form. To book places, please contact the Admissions Office on 01993 703921 (Option 1) or via email.

Step 4: Offers and Entry Requirements

Offers of Sixth Form places will be conditional on the achievement of appropriate grades in the final GCSE examinations and achievement of the requirements relevant to the selected entry route:

Route 1: Three A Level subjects and the EPQ
Students will be expected to have achieved an average of at least 5.5 points in their GCSEs with the average based on the top eight grades gained at GCSE. Individual grade requirements in the subjects they wish to pursue may also be applicable.

Route 2: Four A Levels
Students will need to have achieved an average of at least 7 points in their GCSEs. Students who wish to study four subjects are invited to meet with the Director of Studies to discuss their chosen pathway.

Route 3: The Business BTEC programme
Students will be expected to have achieved an average of at least 5 points in their GCSEs, including a minimum of 4 in their English and Mathematics.

Where next?

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View our fees and costs for our Transport Network for this academic year. The School offers means-tested Bursaries, providing access to a Cokethorpe education through assistance with our termly fees.

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Scholarships and Awards

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Discover Cokethorpe

What you will discover when you visit Cokethorpe is more than a stunning vista. Pupils have an exceptional breadth of opportunity and are supported with a truly individual focus.

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