Choosing the right school for your son or daughter is a very important decision and we feel it is crucial that you know as much as possible about a school so that you can make the right choice. We would like to help you on this journey and look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to Bishop Challoner.

Application Process

An assessment session in the classroom with the Head of Nursery, which enables us to check your child has met their milestones and that our nursery is the best setting for them. Feedback and offers of places are made after this session.

An interview with Ms Barker, Head of Key Stage 1/2 in the Autumn Term, followed by an assessment morning held in January. Feedback and offers of places are made after this session.


An interview with Mrs Anderson, Headteacher, in the Autumn Term which is an opportunity for the School to find out about your son or daughter’s aspirations and for you to learn more about the School. This is then followed by entrance examinations in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning in January. You can find sample entrance papers in English and Maths below.

Year 7 Sample Entrance PaperYear 7 Sample Entrance Paper
Year 8 Sample Entrance PaperYear 8 Sample Entrance Paper
Year 9 Sample Entrance PaperYear 9 Sample Entrance Paper
Year 10 Sample Entrance PaperYear 10 Sample Entrance Paper
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Sixth form:

Entry into our Sixth Form will be based on an interview in the Autumn Term. If successful at interview, a conditional offer will be made based on GCSE results. You can find our GCSE requirements below.

  • minimum of grade 4 in Maths and English Language
  • minimum of grade 6 for A level subjects to be taken with the exception of Maths and Further Maths where a grade 7 is required.
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