Key entry points to Ampleforth College are into Year 9 and Year 12. Subject to availability we can also accept pupils into other year groups.

The admission of any boy or girl is at the discretion of the Headmaster and is conditional on written acceptance of the Parent School contract, available on the College website.  For most families, the application process starts approximately three years before entry, with registration and a first visit to the school, but some families only begin the process the year before entry. Whatever your individual needs, we will work closely with you to ensure that your application progresses smoothly.

Year 9 (13+ entry)

We welcome students from prep schools and state schools, along with overseas students.

Students coming from Prep Schools will normally sit Common Entrance. Working alongside your Prep School, we will co-ordinate your application. Five terms before entry, your son or daughter will receive a conditional offer. This is dependent on achieving a minimum of 50% at Common Entrance.

Each year we enrol students who have come to us from other schools where they do not sit Common Entrance. In this case, your son or daughter will sit our non-Common Entrance assessment. An offer can be made at any time, but at the earliest this will be five terms before entry.

The first formal stage in the process is Registering.

Registering for 13+ (Year 9) Entry

Parents can register their children for Ampleforth at any point from birth. However, most families register their children at least two years prior to entry. For 2018 entry, for instance, your child would be registered by September 2016, when he or she was in Year 7, aged 11 or 12.

We understand that not all children’s future destinations are planned two years in advance, so if your son or daughter has not yet registered please do get in touch to discuss availability.

Registering for Year 12 Entry

Each year we usually accept around 30 new students into Year 12 for the Sixth Form programme. Ampleforth College’s excellent teaching, wide range of extra-curricular programmes and strong focus on developing well-rounded students attract many boys and girls who want to prepare for the transition to university. Our value-added scores put us in the top 8% in the country.

You can register for Year 12 entry at any point, but most families do so by Christmas in their son or daughter’s Year 11. Due to the limited availability for Year 12 entry, we strongly encourage you to have registered by 31st December at the latest. 

Offers are dependent on an interview, a reference from the student’s current school and 5Bs at GCSE level.  Therefore, a conditional offer is made in January and confirmed after GCSE results in August.

Entry into other year groups

Every year we accept a few pupils into other year groups, if there is availability. Entry is dependent on a satisfactory reference from the student’s current school and an informal interview. Please contact the Admissions Office if you require further information and help in making an application.

Applications from China

All applicants from mainland China should contact our representative at UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service, by email at:  or telephone +86 (0)21 63306270 (Shanghai Office) or +86 (0)10 85317356 (Beijing Office).   You can also visit the website for more details:

电话:+86 (0)21 63306270(上海办公室),+86 (0)10 85317356(北京办公室)






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