Entry at 13

For those joining at 13, selection is based on the ISEB Common Pre-Test (taken at prep schools) and interview, or our own entrance exams. At this point of entry (Year 9) only boarding places are available.

All registered pupils currently at a prep school will be invited to sit the Independent Schools Examining Board (ISEB) Common Pre-Tests at their prep schools early in the Spring Term of their Year 7. A formal interview and Taster Day at Dauntsey’s follows in early March of their Year 7. Firm places are then offered in mid-March.

The ISEB Common Entrance papers taken at prep schools in the summer of Year 8 are marked by Dauntsey's staff and are used for initial setting purposes.

For those not at a prep school, entry is via interview and our own examination papers (English and Maths) taken in the Autumn Term of a pupil's Year 8. Those living overseas take the examinations by arrangement either at their current school or at a British Council office and will be interviewed by Microsoft Teams. Candidates who do not have English as their first language should refer to the International Candidates page.

Third Form Entrance at Dauntsey's School

Key Dates - 13+ Entry in 2024

  • Registration deadline for boarding places: 01 January 2023
  • ISEB Common Pre-Tests to be taken at Prep Schools by mid-February 2023
  • For those not at Prep Schools, Dauntsey's own entrance exams are taken: Tuesday 14 March 2023
  • Taster Day and formal interviews at Dauntsey's: Tuesday 14 March 2023
  • Place offers made by Friday 1 April 2023
  • Deadline for acceptance: Friday 26 May 2023
  • Scholarships and awards assessments take place in February and March 2024
  • Dauntsey's own entrance examinations (for late place entry): November 2023
  • Please refer to our Admissions Calendar for Admissions dates

Everyone is friendly and supportive. There is a great sense of community and there are loads of people to turn to for help - I've certainly never felt lonely. ”

third form boarder

Scholarships and Awards

Bursary progamme at Dauntsey's

A variety of scholarships and awards are available and take place each year in the Spring Term for entry the following September.

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Jen Parker

Jen Parker

Admissions Officer