Our most frequently asked questions are below. If your question is not answered, please contact our Admissions Registrar, on 020 8656 9541.
10+ (Junior Form)
11+ (First Year)
13+ (Third Year)
16+ (Sixth Form) – boys and girls
Entry at other years is considered on an individual basis.
We have a smaller intake of boys joining at 10+. Many choose to come because they want the extra challenge and because they are ready for a ‘big school’ environment. Because the year and form groups are small, they soon get to know each other well, and enjoy all of the facilities and co-curricular activities which Trinity can offer. Applicants who are unsuccessful may, of course apply again at 11+. We fully understand that many boys make big leaps, both academically and in their overall maturity in Year 6, and are much better prepared for the challenge after another year in their primary, or prep schools.
The majority of pupils that apply at 13+ have taken advantage of the opportunities provided by their current prep school up to the age of 13. Others may come to us having completed two years in a state secondary school. In some rare instances, boys who were unsuccessful in the 11+ exam reapply at 13+.
Examinations take place in January after applications close in late November. At all entry points for our Lower School boys sit papers in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning. If they do well they will be invited for an interview with one of our members of teaching staff.
Sixth Form entry is dependent upon a separate entrance examination. The closing date for Sixth Form applications is usually mid-November each year.
We do not have a ‘pass mark’ as such, as we set exams which are designed to be able to differentiate between a large number of academically able students. As an indication, at 11+, successful students would usually be children who achieve a Level 5 in their Year 6 SATs.
About half of our students each year are receiving financial support, which may be a bursary, a scholarship, or both.
The Whitgift Foundation provides the vast majority of our bursary support, amounting to 10% of our fee income each year. We also have initiated our own bursary fund to support students. Bursaries are awarded on an assessment of the financial circumstances of parents. On the basis of the exams we offer places, and we then can offer bursaries to some, but not all, of our bursary applicants. We don’t have funds to support all applicants, and awards are made to as many as we can fund each year, based on exam performance.
All candidates are automatically considered for Academic Scholarships. You can submit additional scholarship applications for Art , Drama, Design and Technology, Music and Sport. Separate assessments for these scholarships take place after the entrance exams. Our maximum scholarship is 50%, with the majority of awards in the 10% to 20% range.
Find out more about our bursary and scholarship provision.
We endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments to the admissions procedure to enable disabled and other SEND candidates to compete for a place at the school without disadvantage. There are three staff members dedicated to SEND provision. We also welcome pupils with mobility needs.
Yes – we are very well served by public transport, but also run a number of our own bus routes from locations including Dulwich, Bromley, Beckenham, Oxted, Wandsworth, Sutton and Caterham. There are return runs after school and we will happily accommodate new routes where there is sufficient demand. We also have travel chaperones from Clapham Junction station and the Wimbledon tram stop for the first half term. Find out more about our bus routes.
Around 60-65% of the boys that join us each September come from State Primary Schools. The remainder join us from Independent Prep Schools. Our students come from a variety of schools and our admissions procedure is designed to take this into account.
We understand that it can be a daunting time for young boys when they join secondary school and we try to make the transition as easy as possible. In June boys and parents are invited to meet their form group and tutor. We also run an induction afternoon the day before the start of term. Our highly experienced tutor and Heads of Year are also on hand to ease the process, aided by our Sixth Form Mentors. At the start of the year we hold residential and activity trips to further friendships and build confidence.
In the First and Second Years boys study Latin and two modern languages (French, German, Spanish, or Chinese Mandarin). From Third Year we also offer Ancient Greek.
We are proud to foster a culture of participation at the school and, if a boy wants to represent the school in sport, we will make it possible for him to do so. We have teams ranging from A-G, so there is an opportunity for everyone!
Our co-educational Sixth Form was introduced in September 2011 and is thriving! We welcome approximately 40 new girls each year, who settle into life at Trinity very quickly. Having a co-educational Sixth Form gives our students the best of both worlds – retaining the benefits of being a boys’ school up to the age of 16, and then preparing both boys and girls for the realities of university and beyond.
No – we regularly review the IB, and currently feel that some of its strengths, for instance its breadth, are also its weaknesses when our pupils have to study courses which they do not favour. Other elements of the IB, such as Community Service and the extended essay (EPQ), are already built into our Sixth Form programme. All our Lower Sixth pupils, for example, take part in Community Service activities.
We are closely monitoring changes to the A-level course. The fact that the vast majority of our Upper Sixth students achieve their first choice of University lead us to think that the current system is working for our pupils.
We are delighted that the vast majority of our students secure places at their first choice of university. They go on to study at some of the best universities in the UK, as well as abroad, and around 10% go to either Oxford of Cambridge each year.