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Entry to Eton

Registration, Selection and House Placement

The Eton prospectus has two parts: the main prospectus is a document describing the school in general terms that will remain substantially valid for a number of years; The "Admissions Booklet" is a document that contains information that changes from year to year including such things as changes to the specifics of the curriculum, changes to fees, and the most recent published examination results.

The Prospectus and Admissions Booklet can be downloaded here

Request a Prospectus and the Admissions Booklet in hard copy

Request a Registration Form  

Submit a General Admissions Enquiry

Most of Eton’s 1300 students enter the school at age 13. An old system under which boys could be registered at birth with a future house master was abolished some years ago, and virtually all candidates now go through a pre-assessment at age 11 (during year 6 in UK educational terms). The assessment consists of an interview, a reasoning test and a report from the boy’s current school. Those offered conditional places must then pass the qualifying examination (Common Entrance) at age 13 to secure their place, or do at least reasonably well in the more challenging King’s Scholarship examination.

We are usually able to offer conditional places to about one third of the candidates at age 11. Others are placed on a waiting list to replace any who may withdraw later.

In order to take the assessment boys must be registered by the age of 10 years 6 months at the latest. This is a firm deadline. Click here to request a registration form.

Introductory tours can be arranged through the Admissions Office. This is best done when a boy is aged 10.

Boys are placed in houses by mutual agreement between families and house masters, after a series of meetings following the award of a conditional place. A contract is then signed with the school, and an acceptance fee (currently £1800) is paid to secure the place. £1200 of that deposit is returned when the boy leaves the school at age 18, with all fees settled. Both the registration fee and the acceptance fee may be waived in case of parental need.

A small number of boys who have not secured conditional places may enter at age 13 by winning a King’s Scholarship or Music Scholarship. Both scholarships are highly competitive.

Entry at age 16 : we have a Sixth Form Scholarship scheme for boys at UK schools, and in some years we can also take a small number of fee-paying Sixth Form Entrants.

The entry system is managed by the tutor for admissions on the Head Master’s behalf. The Head Master reserves the right to refuse to admit any boy.

It is essential that the Admissions Office is kept up to date with any change of address, guardianship or preparatory school. Eton cannot accept responsibility for correspondence which goes astray.