Here at Emanuel we welcome applications from young people who want to work hard, throw themselves into the opportunities of school life and become responsible members of their communities.

A typical Emanuel pupil is bright and hardworking, but more importantly kind and thoughtful, contributing positively to the school. Our admissions process is designed to help us assess if each candidate will flourish both academically and holistically in the school. It is important to us that the pupils we offer places to will make the most of their time here, and gain most from the educational experience. While we value academic ability, we are also interested in pupils who display talent in other areas.

If in doubt, or if you would like to learn more, please come and meet us, at one of our open events, to discuss your son or daughter’s application to Emanuel.

Please find answers to frequently asked questions below. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact the admissions office.

Please note that registration for entry at 2020 has now closed. We cannot accept any further applications for 2020 entry.

Can I register my child for 2020 entry?

No; registration for all entry points for 2020 entry closed at midday on Friday 18th October 2019. We cannot accept any further registrations.

Registration for entry in 2021 for all entry points is open and will close in October 2020.

How many pupils are there in the school?

There are approximately 940 pupils.

How many pupils are there approximately in each year group?

Year 6 (Hill form): 48

Year 7 to upper sixth: 144

What is the average class size?

Every pupil at Emanuel is part of a tutor group and is led by a form tutor, who oversees their holistic life and represents a consistent adult relationship.

There are approximately 22-24 pupils per form in the Lower School, 20 in the Middle School and 16 in the Sixth Form

At what age can my child enter the school?

10+, 11+, 13+ and 16+

When can I register?

You can register between approximately one and two years before the September of your desired entry year. Please see the relevant entry point page for specific dates.

What is the gender split?

Approximately 50/50

What is the selection process to enter Emanuel?

Candidates will be required to submit their last school report. We will also request a reference from their current headteacher (or equivalent). Candidates will sit an entrance exam and an interview with a member of staff. Please see the relevant entry point for more information.

Do you interview the candidates?

During the 10+ and 11+ process all candidates have a 20 minute interview.

At 13+ selected candidates after the exam will be interviewed.

All sixth form candidates are interviewed on the assessment morning.

Do you have a sibling policy?

Yes: please see our sibling policy for more information.

Is Emanuel very over-subscribed?

We are lucky enough to have more applicants than places, but don’t let this put you off, we work very hard to find pupils who are a great fit for Emanuel. Every candidate has a personal interview, completes the exam and we read every report and reference in great detail.



Does a child need to be top of their primary or prep school to get in?

No- our pupils are bright and every candidate has a fair chance to shine. We take into account interviews, headteacher references and school reports- not just exam results.

Is lunch included in the fees?

Yes – all compulsory items are fully inclusive in our school fees, excluding school uniform (which is available to purchase from Peter Jones) and exam fees. If additional charges are required, e.g. for rowing in Year 10 and above, then the activity will be optional.

Do you give fee assistance (bursaries)?

Yes: we are committed to widening access to our school and welcoming pupils from all backgrounds. Please see help with fees for more information.

What scholarships do you offer?

We offer academic scholarships (which are awarded based on performance in the entrance examinations), art, drama, music and sport scholarships. Please see help with fees for more information.

Can you hold more than one scholarship?

Yes: it is possible (but exceptional) for a pupil to hold more than one scholarship and to receive a larger fee remission as a consequence.

What value are the scholarships?

The fee remission for co-curricular scholarships is usually 10% but in exceptional circumstances can be 25%.  There are a small number of Foundation Academic Scholarships which are worth a fee remission of 50%.  Scholarships are not means-tested.

Can you top up a scholarship with a further fee assistance?

Yes: scholarships can be topped up to 100% fee remission depending on financial need (plus travel grants and uniform allowance).

Do you offer football?

From the Spring term 2020, we will be offering football as part of the boys’ games programme (with competitive fixtures against local schools) for Years 6, 7 and 8. From the following year (2021), this will include Year 9, then Year 10 the following year, and so on. 

What percentage of Year 11 pupils stay on for the sixth form?

About 90% of our students stay on for sixth form at Emanuel, which is why we take in relatively few students from other schools at this level.

What languages do pupils study?

Pupils in Year 6 have taster lessons in French, Spanish, German and Latin.

In Year 7 all pupils study Latin and their choice of Spanish, French or German.

In Year 8 they can either continue to study Latin or choose a second modern foreign language.

All pupils must study at least one language at GCSE.

If my child is registered for 10+ should I register for 11+ entry as well?

No. If your child is not successful in gaining a place at Year 6, we will then offer you the chance to register for 11+ when we post the decision about 10+ entry in March. Please note pupils offered places at 10+ and reject the place, cannot be re-registered for 11+ entry.

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