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Sunningdale School

Policy and arrangements for admissions

Effective January 2018

Entry to Sunningdale

At Sunningdale we do not have an entry test. We do not believe in passing or failing boys aged 7 or 8. The process is very simple.

Below is a brief outline for what prospective parents can expect during the admissions process at Sunningdale. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions department on 01344 620159, or via email at .

Initial enquiry

Families start by requesting a prospectus from our admissions department either via the website request form or by telephone on 01344 620159. These will be sent together with a registration form.

Parent Visits

To really capture the essence of Sunningdale it is best to come and visit the school and meet the Headmaster and Deputy who will personally show you around. Please call the admissions department to arrange a visit and come explore the grounds, meet the pupils and the team behind the school.

Open Mornings

There are two Open Mornings each year. This is a chance for parents to see the school in action. Groups of parents will be shown round by boys. The Open Mornings begin at 10.30am and end at 12.30pm.


A parent may register their son at Sunningdale School from birth and are asked to return their completed registration form with the £75 Registration Fee. We have, on average, 22 places available each year. If all 22 places are taken for the year you require, your son will be placed on a waiting list. You will be kept informed as to the likelihood of him being offered a guaranteed place. As well as this, your details will be added to our mailing list to receive the Sunningdale School newsletter and invitations to prospective family events. Please feel free to come and visit the school whenever you like.

The Discovery Day

Around 15 months before a boy is due to to start, he will be invited to a Discovery Day at Sunningdale. The focus of this day is to give the boys a chance to get to know the school a little better and to experience school life. They will get to try various different activities which may include art, music, sport, science and an academic lesson.

After this day, we will request a confidential report from the boy’s pre-prep or primary school.

Subject to a satisfactory report and observations made during the discovery day, boys will be offered places at Sunningdale.

Entry at 11+

Owing to the high demand for places in this age group, we have introduced an assessment for potential boys wishing to join. The boys will need to attend an assessment day in January during which they will sit Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning papers. A report will be requested from their previous school. Both academic and extra-curricular strengths will be taken in account when places are offered.


An acceptance form will be sent out for you to sign and we will ask for a £500 deposit. Once we receive the form and deposit your sons place will be confirmed. The deposit will be deducted from the final bill.

Admissions Criteria

Sunningdale is not academically selective. We are looking for boys who will contribute positively to the life of the school in various different ways. We do need, though, to make sure that potential pupils will be able to cope academically, irrespective of any special educational needs or disability they may have.    

The School reserves the right to deny entry to any boy who we feel will not thrive here or who will disrupt the education and wellbeing of other pupils. It may be a that a prospective pupil’s behaviour, as evidence by the confidential report or by observation during the Discovery Day, poses a risk of severe disruption to other boys.

Updated 03/01/2018 TACND

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