Candidates wishing to join Forest at 16 must first register online to sit the 16+ entrance examination and should indicate the scholarship(s) they wish to apply for and whether they wish to be considered for a bursary.

GCSE Requirements

  • At least three grade 7s or above
  • At least three grade 6s or above
  • At least grade 5 in English and Maths
  • ­The required grade at I/GCSE in the qualifying subject/s required for their chosen courses – see the Qualifying Subjects.

Selection Criteria

  • Entrance Exam
  • Interview
  • School Reference and most recent School report


The assessment for Sixth Form Entrance and Scholarship consists of two elements:

  • A 75 minute computer based test to assess the critical thinking skills  required for A Level study.
  • A 45 minute written paper in which students write two mini-essays in response to prompts. This will be about aspects of candidates’ academic and personal development.

Parents and candidates are strongly encouraged to read the 16+ Guidelines and FAQ document below:

16+ 2025 Entry Guidelines

Parents & Candidates Guidance

Mini-Essay Prompts Sample Questions

Familiarisation Material: 16+ Online Assessment Familiarisation Exercise


The type of interview (if offered) will depend on whether the applicant has applied for a fee-paying place or for a scholarship. The results from the entrance exam, predicted grades, references and most recent report will determine whether a candidate is offered:

  • An interview for a fee-paying place at Forest
  • An interview for a scholarship at Forest

At 16+ an interview is not always guaranteed following the entrance examination. 16+ applicants who were previously unsuccessful may re-apply for a fee-paying place in the Sixth Form if they have subsequently met the School’s academic entry requirements for I/GCSE results.

To find out more about scholarships and awards at 16+ Click here

Sixth Form Registration Form

Key Dates for 16+ Entry 2025
Senior School Summer ToursWednesday 12 June - Thursday 4 July (Book a place)
Open MorningSaturday 21 September 2024 (Book a place)
Sixth Form Open EveningMonday 30 September 2024
Closing Date for RegistrationsFriday 11 October 2024 (Midday)
16+ Entrance ExamSaturday 2 November 2024 (AM)
16+ Sport Scholarship Assessmentw/c Monday 4 November 2024
16+ Art Scholarship AssessmentTuesday 5 November 2024 (AM)
16+ Drama Scholarship AssessmentTuesday 5 November 2024 (PM)
16+ Music Scholarship AssessmentThursday 7 November 2024
16+ Co-Curricular Meeting for shortlisted candidatesMonday 18 November 2024
16+ Academic Scholarship Interviewsw/c Monday 11 November 2024
16+ Fee-Paying Interviewsw/c Monday 18 November 2024
Offers EmailedMonday 2 December 2024
Deadline for Acceptance of OfferMonday 6 January 2025 (Midday)