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 2022.

Please contact the admissions office for further information and to register your interest.

Please be advised that there are upcoming changes to the 13+ process. 

For entry in Year 9 in September 2023: we will offer fee-paying places to external candidates, but we will no longer be offering scholarship awards at this entry point.

For entry into Year 9 from September 2024 onwards: 13+ will no longer be an official entry point. Occasional places may become available, and families should notify the Admissions Office if they are interested in joining Forest in Year 9.

Entry requirements

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

Guidelines 13+ 2022

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 20% fee remission.

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships
  • Sport Scholarships


Key dates for 13+ entry September 2022

Closing date for registrations Monday 17 January 2022 – 12 noon

Closing Date For Non-Academic Scholarship Application Forms and Bursary 

Friday 28 January 2022 – 12 Noon

13+ Entrance Exam Tuesday 1 February 2022

13+ Non-Academic Scholarship Assessments:

13+ Sport w/c Monday 7 February 2022

13+ Music  Thursday 10 February 2022

13+ Academic Scholarship Interviews Wednesday 9 February 2022

13+ Fee Paying Interviews Thursday 10 February 2022

Offers Posted Monday 28 February 2022

Deadline for Acceptance of Offer  Friday 11 March 2022 – 12 Noon

Parents of current Year 8 Forest pupils will be contacted in November 2021 regarding internal 13+ registration.


13+ Registration Form