Students smiling

Visiting the school and meeting the girls is the best way to find out what makes Roedean special.  A visit during term-time is the best option, since you will experience the school in full swing with students and staff going about their daily life.  Visitors often comment on the dynamic, positive, and happy atmosphere of the school, as well as the open and relaxed manner of the girls.  You can either come to an Open Day or come on an individual visit – for both, you will be taken on a tour of the school and boarding houses with a student of approximately the same age as your daughter, you will meet the Headmaster, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions of the Senior Registrar.


This is an example of the most common path to entry at Roedean: 


Stage 1: Reviewing the website and requesting a prospectus

If you would like a hard copy of the prospectus after viewing the website, please click on the link to the right, and you are very welcome to call the admissions’ team with any further questions.


Stage 2: Coming to one of the three Open Days held each year


Stage 3: Individual visits

We are very happy to organise a visit for you and your family at any time that is mutually convenient.

Stage 4: Rockpools' Day

Rockpools' Day is the first main admissions' event normally held in Mid-June. At Rockpools, the girls disappear down Roedean's secret tunnel to the sea, explore rockpools, and build and decorate their very own hot air balloon or rocket and watch it fly into the sky! It is an informal and hugely enjoyable day when the girls begin to build friendships with each other and their relationship with the school. 

To begin your admissions process and register for Rockpools please contact Mrs Diana Banham, Senior Registrar on 01273 667626 or by email at dba@roedean.co.uk

Stage 5: Registering your daughter

We would be delighted to discuss you daughter's registration and talk you through the process by contacting Diana Banham, Senior Registrar on 01273 667626 or by email at dba@roedean.co.uk. The form for registering your daughter is available here

Once she is registered, we will keep you updated with any information regarding her entry exams, as well as future events at Roedean which may be of interest.


Stage 6: Taster Days

The best possible way for your daughter to understand how the school works is to have a taster day, which allows her to experience what life could be like at the school from the inside.  It can be a huge benefit for prospective students to have the chance to meet some of their potential future classmates and get to know the staff and facilities, whether you are considering day or boarding.

Stage 7: Discovery Day

Discovery Day, which takes place in early November each year, is the first formal admissions’ event for registered girls, and it is one of the highlights of the year.  The day is focused around three themed activities – last year’s had the theme of ‘The Unexplained’ and was run by English, Maths, and History, looking at ghosts in literature, code-breaking, and solving mysteries.  Girls take a non-verbal reasoning test and have a short interview.

Student taking exams

Stage 8: Sitting Entrance Tests

Entrance testing in English and Maths takes place on the morning of Saturday 14 January.  We try to make the experience as positive as an exam day can be; this is what one parent wrote following the latest exam day: 

Just a note to thank all involved with Roxy's sports testing day and entrance exams. She loved it, and felt as relaxed as she could have been under the circumstances.  Although she was nervous, she came away feeling positive about the whole experience and how she was made to feel.  Whatever the outcome, Roxy’s journey has been great and, as a teacher myself, I know how important it is to make students feel secure.  Please extend my thanks and gratitude to all concerned.


Scholarship Applications – if you would like to apply for a Scholarship, please see the relevant page on our website.


Entrance Tests

Roedean is not fixed to rigid admission test dates, unlike many schools.  We recognise that these may not suit your other commitments, especially if you are living abroad, so we try to be as flexible as possible with a rolling testing schedule.


Those girls who have not attended Discovery Day earlier in the year take tests in English, Maths, and in Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Key Dates
Open Morning      Saturday 7 October 2017

Year 7 Brighthelm Breakfast Launch

(by invitation)

Friday 13 October 2017
Registration deadline Tuesday 17 October 2017
Discovery Day  Wednesday 8 November 2017
Scholarship Application deadline Friday 17 November 2017
Bursary Application deadline  Friday 24 November 2017
Practical Scholarship Assesments w/c Monday 8 January 2018
Entrance Tests   Saturday 13 January 2018
Scholarship and Year 7 Brighthelm Interviews w/c Monday 22 January 2018
Offers made Tuesday 6 February 2018
Open Day Saturday 3 March 2018
Acceptance deadline Monday 5 March 2018
Open Day Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2018
Rockpools’ Day tbc June 2018
New Girls' Day Thursday 21 June 2018