Admissions 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 of what prospective parents can expect during the admissions process at Sunningdale. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us 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, 24 places available each year. If all 24 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. You are extremely welcome to come and visit the school whenever you like and we would warmly encourage you to do so. You can either book a personal visit or attend one of our open mornings.


The Discovery Day

Around 15 months before a boy is due 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 they will sit a short computerised test.

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 into account when places are offered.


An acceptance form will be sent out for you to sign and we will ask for a £750 deposit. Once we receive the form and deposit your son’s place will be confirmed. The deposit will be deducted from the final bill.

Admissions Criteria

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. As part of Discovery Day, boys will set a computerised teat. No specific preparation is required for this test.

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 well-being of other pupils. It may be a that a prospective pupil’s behaviour, as evidenced by the confidential report or by observation during the Discovery Day, poses a risk of severe disruption to other boys.