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Entry Requirements

Information for UK and International Applicants

Entrance to Monkton Pre-PrepNursery & Pre-Prep
For those entering the Pre-Prep at age 2 years through to 7 years, admission is by visit, informal interview and a reference from a current school if appropriate. 

The next Pre-Prep Open Morning is on Saturday 5th October 2019.  To contact the Pre-Prep, please call 01225 833158.


Prep SchoolPrep School
For those entering the Prep at age 7 years through to 13 years, admission is by CAT4 tests. A reference from the candidate’s current school and an interview.

The next Prep School Open Morning is Saturday 5th October 2019.  For enquiries, please call Registrar, Mrs Nicky Davis on 01225 831238.


Senior School quadSenior School
Year 9 entry
: When an applicant is in Year 6, we would look to obtain CAT scores if available from the candidate’s current school, invite applicants to attend an Assessment Day held in October, or June each year, and obtain a reference from the candidate’s current school. This year the first assessment will take place on Tuesday 9th October for Year 9 entry in 2021. If appropriate, an offer of a place at Monkton will then be made with a deadline for acceptance in March of Year 7.  Applications for entry will be accepted outside of this timeframe, but the availability of places cannot be guaranteed.

Year 10 entry: For entry into Year 10, candidates will usually sit online CAT4 tests.  A reference from the candidate's current school will be sought and an interview.

Year 12 entry: For entry into Year 12, candidates will usually sit online CAT4 tests and attend interview, where possible. A school reference will be sought.  Any place then offered is subject to pupils obtaining a minimum average of 6 in all of the GCSE subjects taken. Please note that to study certain AS subjects, a minimum grade at GCSE in that subject may be a prerequisite.

The next Senior School Open Door morning is Saturday 18th May 2019.  To contact the Senior School, please call 01225 721133.

International Applicants

Entrance requirements
Along with many other top independent schools in the UK, Monkton Combe School uses an entrance test called UKiset – the UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test for international students. UKiset is an adaptive online test taken in English, which has been designed to support admission into the UK independent education system.

UKiset tests a child’s underlying academic abilities through four principal reasoning areas – Non-verbal reasoning, spatial ability, verbal reasoning, and quantitative ability – together with a creative writing piece. There is an additional English Placement Test for candidates whose first language is not English. In total, the test takes approximately two and a half hours.

If you wish your child to be considered for a place at Monkton Combe School, please register for UKiset on the UKiset website: Please list Monkton Combe School on the form and provide as much information as possible – this will be sent to us as part of your child’s UKiset Profile Package and used in conjunction with their UKiset results to assess their application to Monkton.

Once you have registered please complete the Student Profile Form. When you have completed the forms a member of the UKiset Team will contact you with details of your closest Test Centre and the next available test date. After your child has taken the test and we have received their UKiset Profile Package we will make a decision as to whether or not we wish to take their application further. If we are happy to pursue the application we will, at that point, require our registration fee to be paid and seek the relevant school references, reports and any additional information relevant to your child’s application.

For further information please visit If your child has already taken UKiset and you would like their results to be sent to Monkton Combe School please complete the School Selection Form on the UKiset website.

Visa arrangements
Monkton Combe School is a licensed sponsor for the UKVI for international students applying for a Tier 4 child visa which applies to non-EEA students wishing to come to the UK to study. When the offer of a place at Monkton has been accepted and the deposit paid, the School will provide the student with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter. A charge of £21 for CAS will be made together with any courier charges incurred. In cases where students have applied through nominated agents, visa assistance can often be provided by them. Further information regarding applications for Tier 4 visas can be found at

The School requires that all students from overseas have a guardian resident in the UK and that they notify the School of the name and address of the guardian before they arrive. Guardians receive a letter outlining the School’s expectations of the guardian’s role. The School can provide details of guardianship agencies.


Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

To arrange a visit, or any other enquiries at the Pre-Prep and Prep please contact our Deputy Heads of Admissions Nicky Davis or Katie Hiscott on 01225 831 238.

Give us a call:

Tel: +44 (0)1225 721 133

Or send us an email: for Senior School enquiries for Pre-Prep and Prep enquiries

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