Year 9 2027+ entry Later Decision

Later Decision candidates for 2027 onwards will sit papers in English and Maths, participate in a 40-minute group discussion, and take part in a co-curricular taster activity. In addition, boarding applicants will join us for supper and stay in the boarding house the night before the assessments.

We are keen to accommodate candidates who need extra time, word processing or other provision. You can read more about the school’s learning support here.

For Later Decision international candidates, our staff travel to a number of cities to supervise testing and conduct group discussion tasks. You will be advised of the options at the confirmation stage. Please note that there is an extra payment to participate in one of these testing days.

Testing can also take place at a British Council or other approved centre, with the group discussion taking place online. Please contact the Registrar to discuss such alternative arrangements.

Parents will need to send a copy of their child’s school report in the spring of Year 8. We reserve the right to seek a further reference from the current school and, if necessary, withdraw an offer in the event of serious concerns.

Timetable for Year 9 Entry in September 2027

Later Decision applicants only

1 November 2025Closing date for Later Decision applications
Early December 2025Near-miss Early Decision applicants invited to retest
January 2026References requested from candidates' schools
March/April 2026Later Decision Assessment Day
Mid-May 2026Decisions sent
Early June 2026Acceptance deadline
March 2027Submit current school report
May 2027Academic Scholarship examinations and Co-Curricular Scholarship assessments
June 2027Lesson taster day and boarding sleepover
September 2027Start school

Past papers

Past Maths and English papers can be found below. We have also provided an example of a Maths Mark Scheme to give a better understanding of how these papers are assessed.


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Offers of places, including scholarships, are sent by email to all candidates. Acceptance of all places must be confirmed by the payment of a deposit (£2000 for day pupils; £5000 for boarding pupils) and the completion of a Form of Acceptance by the date in June specified in our offer letter. Any candidate who decides not to accept their place is requested to inform us of their decision as soon as possible so their place can be released to a reserved candidate.

Some candidates will be reserved. This means they have passed our tests and have demonstrated that they would be good Sevenoaks students. We will be pleased to offer them a place if one becomes available later in the process. Parents are advised to keep in touch with the Director of Admissions in this situation. We consider our reserve candidates as a pool, not a list. When a place becomes available, we offer it to the most suitable reserved candidate.

“Ultimately, we are looking for students who are bright and eager to be involved in the wider, co-curricular life of the school, and – most importantly – who are kind.”

Lorna Dolan, Director of Admissions

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