Year 7 entry

Around 70 boys join the Lower School into Year 7 (age 11) each academic year from a wide selection of primary schools and independent schools. In addition, boys from Dulwich College Junior School move up into Year 7, making a year group total of around 125 boys.

Registration for admission in 2020 has now closed. Registration for 2021 and beyond will open at the beginning of December.

Open Days and Visits 2019 - 2020

Lower School Visits

We issue a warm invitation to our Year 7 Open Morning from 9.30am to 12 noon on Saturday 5 October 2019. In addition to departmental displays and conducted tours of the College there will be opportunities to talk to members of the teaching staff and pupils. No appointment is necessary.

As an alternative to the Open Morning, prospective candidates and their parents are invited to visit the College to see the Lower School and to meet the Head of Lower School on:

Thursday 12 September 2019 - FULL 11am
Friday 27 September 2019 - FULL 11am
Monday 14 October 2019 - FULL 11am

Numbers of places are limited and to reserve a place on one of these tours please contact the Registrar on 020 8299 9263. On arrival at the College visitors should go to the Lower Hall.

The Head of Lower School also meets some prospective candidates and their parents in small groups on some Tuesday mornings. These are reserved for boys in Year 5 to visit during the summer term.

To visit the College during one of these mornings please telephone the Registrar on 020 8299 9263.

Entry Procedures and Timetable

Entry to Year 7, September 2020

Age of applicant

For boys born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009
Number of places available 70
Academic and Music Scholarships and Bursaries Available
Closing date for Registration Friday 8 November 2019, midday
Date of Entrance Examinations Monday 6 January 2020
Examinations English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
Number of boys invited for interview 160
Interview Dates Monday 13 January to
Tuesday 21 January 2020
Offer Date End of February 2020


The offer of a place at the College is made on the basis of

  • the candidate’s performance in the appropriate examination
  • an interview
  • a report from the Head of the candidate’s present school

and is subject to the College’s Standard Terms and Conditions.

The Interview

Candidates who show promise in the written papers are invited to attend for an interview shortly after the examination. Our aim is to provide a friendly atmosphere for the interview during which the candidate will be allowed the opportunity to give further evidence of his academic strengths and some indication of interests and abilities with which he might make a contribution to the general life of the College.

Extra Time in Entrance Examinations

Additional time is available for boys who have an Educational Psychologist’s report that shows they have below average scores for speed of cognitive processing. Use of a computer is available for boys for whom it is the normal way of working and where it is appropriate to their needs. Please make the Registrar aware of this at the time of application.

Register your son

Online Registration

Registration for admission in 2020 has now closed. Registration for 2021 and beyond will open at the beginning of December.

Pupil Premium

If your son is in receipt of the Pupil Premium you will not need to pay a registration fee. However, we will need a signed letter, or email, from your son’s school confirming his status as being in receipt of this.

Specimen Papers

Contact the Registrar

The Registrar, Mrs Sarah Betts, and the Assistant Registrar, Mrs Alison Williams, are responsible for dealing with enquiries regarding admission to Years 7 to 10, and for the administration of the entry procedure for those year groups.

Please contact the Registrar's office if you have any queries concerning admissions or bursaries:

Telephone: 020 8299 9263

Mrs Sarah Betts

The Registrar

Mrs Alison Williams

Assistant Registrar

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