Candidates wishing to join Forest at 13 must first register online to sit the 13+ entrance examination and should indicate the scholarship(s) they wish to apply for and whether they wish to be considered for a bursary.

Forest School does not reserve a set number of places for entry at 13+. The number offered will vary according to the size of the cohort in Year 8 coming through to Year 9.

We may have the opportunity for pupils to join us on a fee paying basis into Y8 in September 2021.  Please contact the admissions office for further information and to register your interest.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have reached the age of 13 before 1 September in the year of entry.

Guidelines 13+ 2021

Selection criteria

  • Performance in English and Mathematics examinations.
  • A written, confidential report from the current school.
  • After the entrance examinations, candidates who have performed well and who are being considered for a place will be invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff when they will have the opportunity to talk about their interests and achievements, both academic and co-curricular.


Entrance Examination

Download 13+ Sample Papers:

Sample Paper 1

Sample Paper 2

Exam Information for Candidates


Up to the equivalent of 2 places may be awarded annually to candidates at 13+ following scholarship assessment. The number of places allocated includes both scholarship and bursary awards. These awards are available to new entrants and internal candidates who do not already hold an award amounting to 25% fee remission.

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships
  • Sport Scholarships


Key dates for 13+ entry September 2021

Closing date for registrations Monday 18 January 2021 – 12 noon

13+ Entrance Exam Tuesday 26 January 2021

Closing Date For Non-Academic Scholarship Application Forms and Bursary 

Friday 29 January 2021 – 12 Noon

13+ Non-Academic Scholarship Assessments:

13+ Sport w/c Monday 8 February 2021

13+ Music  Thursday 11 February 2021

13+ Academic Scholarship Interviews Wednesday 10 February 2021

13+ Fee Paying Interviews Thursday 11 February 2021

Offers Posted Monday 1 March 2021

Deadline for Acceptance of Offer  Friday 12 March 2021 – 12 Noon

Parents of current Year 8 Forest pupils will be contacted in November 2020 regarding internal 13+ registration.


13+ Registration Form