Uppingham School typically welcomes in excess of 200 new pupils each year.
Most of these join us in the Fourth Form (Year 9) at the age of 13, when we have space to accommodate 90 boys and 60 girls. In addition, some 15 pupils may join the Lower Fifth (Year 10) and 30 to 35 girls and 15 to 20 boys also join the Sixth Form. There is no provision for weekly or flexi-boarding at Uppingham.
Children may also apply to join us as day pupils. The School currently has 67 day pupils, but this number is set to rise in the coming years. Day pupil applications can be made for Fourth Form and Lower Sixth entry, following the standard application processes.
We are often asked what qualities we look for in a child who might like to come to Uppingham. The answer is enthusiasm! Pupils need to be prepared to get involved and to engage with the wide array of activities and opportunities that make our school so distinctive. In addition, pupils need to demonstrate appropriate academic ability and independence, which will enable them to flourish in the classroom.
Where do Uppingham pupils come from?
Our pupils come from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds. Typically, the 150 pupils who join us in the Fourth Form (Year 9) come from more than 80 different schools. Pupils include those from overseas families, and up to 20% may not have English as their first language. A further 4% are from British expatriate families.
Existing family connections with the School are considered favourably, but each applicant must independently meet the academic and social criteria that are examined in the School’s tests. Around 10% of the current pupil body comprises the children of Old Uppinghamians.
We welcome international pupils, and admissions can be made directly to the School.
Candidate families applying from mainland China should contact our representatives there: UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service (所有中国大陆的申请者请联系我们官方代表), in the first instance.
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