How to Apply

We welcome applications to the Senior School at any time through the year. Main points of entry are at 11+(Year 7), 13+(Year 9) and 16+(Year 12), but we are also happy to consider pupils for entry into  all other years.  


At Giggleswick we give consideration to all applications for young people who are able to benefit from our balanced well-rounded education and willing to make a positive contribution towards the life of the School. Although we are not an academically selective school, we do normally require children at the key points of entry to complete an Entrance examination to formally assess and identify each child’s ability and potential. 


Step 1: Visit us

Following your initial enquiry or prospectus request, we encourage families to visit us. This really is the best way to get a real feel for the School; its stunning setting, facilities and supportive community. However, if a visit is not possible, a Skype interview with a senior member of staff can be arranged to help you find out more.


Step 2: Registration

Following your initial enquiry or visit to Giggleswick, the first step is to complete and return a Registration Form, accompanied by a £150 registration fee. 


Step 3: Entrance tests & reports

Pupils entering Year 7 and Year 9 are normally required to sit Giggleswick’s own Entrance examination in January or February of the year prior to entry. Candidates will be required to sit tests in English and Maths and have an interview with the Headmaster. We will also require copies of the child's last two school reports and we will request a reference from their current school. Pupils entering Year 9 from preparatory schools can sit the Common Entrance Examination.


Pupils in other years or who do not have a UK education background are assessed through interview, an essay, school reports and reference from their present school. 


For those wishing to join the Sixth Form, there is a minimum entry requirement of a Level 6 grade average at GCSE, with certain A levels requiring Level 7 grades at GCSE.  Pupils who do not have a GCSE background are assessed through interview, an essay, school reports and predicted grades from their current school. 


Evidence of an appropriate level of English is always required for applicants from overseas.


Entrance and scholarship dates 2020

Year 7 - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January


Year 9 - Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February


Year 12 - Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February


For more information on our Scholarships and to register your interest, click here.


Step 4: Offer of a place

As soon as all reports, tests and interviews have been completed and reviewed by the Headmaster, an offer of a place can be made. On acceptance of a place, an entry deposit of £500 (EU) or half a term's boarding fee (non-EU) is required to secure the place. This amount is refunded, minus any accrued sundries, at the end of a pupil's career at Giggleswick. 


Step 5: Joining information

Information about joining the School is sent out in June or July ready for a September start or following receipt of the acceptance offer letter for children joining later in the year.


The School has an equal opportunities policy and will give consideration to any reasonable adjustments that may be required to enable a pupil with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to access the curriculum.


For further information about any admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office: or on +44(0)1729 893000.