Admission Procedures

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



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.