The word ‘happy’ cropped up a lot in our conversations with parents. ‘It produces well-rounded, happy, polite young people and is big on kindness and community,’ we were told.

16+ Entry

Welcome to Sixth Form life, a time when you have the freedom to construct for yourself a stimulating and tailored curriculum which will help you to make key transitional steps towards life beyond school. Every pupil at Marlborough College has the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their talents in a wide range of areas.

The Lower Sixth entry assessment process is deliberately rigorous and aims to allow pupils to demonstrate exactly how they will thrive at the College.

We understand that the admissions process can seem complicated so we hope that the following step-by-step guide for 16+ Entry will help you understand where you are in the process and what your most appropriate next step will be.

An enquiry record and a prospectus request can be made at any time up to the closing date relevant to a child’s year of entry.

Year 10, Summer Term – An invitation to a Lower Sixth Afternoon Visit will be sent to families who have made an initial enquiry or have registered their child. Alternatively, arrangements for an individual visit to view the College are welcome.

Registrations can be accepted at any point up until the deadline date for entry (1st October, Year 11) and require completion and return of a registration form along with a registration fee of £300.

Bursarial support application closing date – 1st July, Year 10.

Registration, enrolment for entry assessment and scholarship application closing date – 1st October, Year 11.

Entry Assessment examinations and interview – November, Year 11. Any pupil applying for a scholarship will have an additional interview on the assessment day.

Further details about scholarships, eligibility and requirements can be found in the Scholarship Prospectus.

As a result of the assessment, offers will be made in early December of Year 11, when an acceptance of a place is confirmed on receipt of a fee deposit.

Successful pupils who have accepted an offered place and their parents are invited to the College for a pre-arrival even during the Summer term of Year 11.

New Sixth Form pupils are welcomed in the Michaelmas term of Year 12.

The below information can be downloaded for easy reference:

To determine your child’s correct year of entry and corresponding closing date for registration, please click here.

Closing date relevant to a child’s year of entry

The application process has now closed.

All enquiries welcome. The application deadline for 16+ entry assessment in Year 12 is 1st October 2024.

All enquiries welcome. The application deadline for 16+ entry assessment in Year 12 is 1st October 2025.

All enquiries welcome. The application deadline for 16+ entry assessment in Year 12 is 1st October 2026.

Contact Us

For further information or questions about our admissions procedures, please contact the Admissions Department by email at or telephone on +44 (0)1672 892300. We would be delighted to help you.