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.

In some cases, we are able to make arrangements for candidates living overseas to sit examinations in the country concerned. Full, weekly or occasional boarding is available from Year 7.

Open Days and Visits 2018 - 2019

Lower School Visits

We issue a warm invitation to our Year 7 Open Morning from 9.30am to 12.00 noon on Saturday 6 October 2018. 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 13 September 2018
Wednesday 19 September 2018 11am
Friday 28 September 2018 11am
Wednesday 17 October 2018 11am
Wednesday 14 November 2018 - FULLY BOOKED 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 and Friday mornings. These are reserved for boys in Year 5 to visit during the summer term and for boys in Year 6 to visit during the Michaelmas 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 2019

Age on 1 September 2019

Number of places available 70
Scholarships and Bursaries Available
Closing date for Registration Friday 16 November 2018, noon
Date of Entrance Examinations Monday 7 January 2019
Examinations English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
Interview Dates Monday 14 January to
Tuesday 22 January 2019


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 confidential 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.

Specimen Papers

Request a printed prospectus

Senior School Prospectus

Register your son

Registration for entry in 2019 has now closed

The registration form should be completed and returned by post to The Registrar, Dulwich College, London SE21 7LD. The registration fee (non-refundable) can either be paid either by cheque, payable to Dulwich College or online via WisePay. Please note no application will be registered until the fee has been received.

Registration form

For candidates seeking admission to the Lower School (Year 7)

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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