Trent College and The Elms continue to welcome admissions throughout the year. Enquiries and applications can still be made to the Admissions team who will be delighted to talk to you and will continue to demonstrate the skills and passion of our teachers, as they maintain their delivery of a first-class education and support to pupils.


Once you are ready to formally apply for a place, applications can be made online. We will then request a reference from your child’s current school, so that we can get a full picture of their how they are getting on, where they especially excel, and what support they may receive.



One of our experienced and friendly staff will have a 1:1 chat with your child, asking about their family, interests, school life and hopes for the future. Children applying for Year 7, 8 & 9 will be asked to complete a personal statement in advance, giving children a preview of some of the questions that will come up, and also providing the staff with helpful prompts in case a child is a little shy. For Sixth Form interviews there will be more emphasis on future plans and career aspirations, as well as an opportunity to discuss A level subject options.


Children applying to join Years 7 to 10 will take a Cognitive Abilities Test, often known as “CAT”. This CAT assessment is done on a computer, and all the questions are multiple choice. Additionally, children complete an English paper so that they can express their creative ideas and imagination. There is no academic assessment for Sixth Form applicants who are currently undertaking GCSEs.

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Scholarship assessments for children applying to Year 7 take place in January each year. Assessments for children applying to other year groups will be arranged individually. On occasion, some assessments may happen in early September, when your child has started at Trent.




The Head of Trent College takes a holistic view of each child’s application, using all the information gathered from the interview, reference and assessment to make a final decision on the offer of a place. Offers are typically made within one week of your child undertaking the academic assessment. Sixth Form applicants will be given conditional offers, based on achieving at least five GCSEs at grade 6/B.


Complete the online application to start your journey.



We want to get to know to get you know each child as an individual.


Children applying to join Years 5 to 10 will take a Cognitive Abilities Test.

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