Senior School (11 - 18 years) Admissions
Entrance to the Senior School is selective and the main entry points are at 11+ (Year 7) and 16+ (Year 12, 6th Form - see 6th Form Admissions).
Occasional vacancies may sometimes arise in other years of the Senior School. For these, girls must sit our Occasional Vacancy exam - either on Monday 9 December 2013 or Friday 28 February 2014. Please contact the Senior Admissions Secretary for further details.
We offer means-tested bursaries worth up to 100% of fees at 11+ and 16+. Please see the pdf document below for details.
11+ Entry - to start in Year 7
The deadline for applications for September 2014 entry has now passed. We will open registration for September 2015 entry from Easter 2014 and cannot accept them before that time.
The registration form is included in our prospectus or may be downloaded at the bottom of the page. The registration fee is £75, payable by cheque (with your daughter's name written clearly on the back). Please post both to us before the closing date, remembering that A4 envelopes require a 'large letter' stamp. We cannot accept applications received after the closing date.
Applicants wishing to sit the entrance examination overseas are asked to pay a registration fee of £125.
Student Interviews – Wednesdays in Autumn term
We interview all candidates, in pairs, on Wednesday mornings during the course of the autumn term. The interview takes the form of a three-way discussion with a senior teacher and includes a reading and oral comprehension exercise, with questions directed at each girl alone, so that she has every chance to speak up. This assesses her listening as well as reading, comprehension and thinking skills.
Either before or after the interview, your daughter has a short tour of the school with a 6th Former. Accompanying parents meanwhile are given a longer tour by a 6th Former, and the chance to see the school at work on a normal school day. During the morning, girls and parents together attend a talk by the Headmistress, about what to expect at Senior School and more details about entrance exam day.
Entrance Exam – January 2014
Our entrance exam is the core deciding factor in the application process. It consists of two papers:
We recommend that all applicants familiarise themselves with this style of examination, by practising a few papers in advance of the exam date. Copies of such papers can be purchased online or at bookshops.
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Bursaries are means-tested and worth up to 100% of fees. The GDST document (pdf) below outlines the cirteria the GDST use in their assessment for eligibility.
The music scholarship audition is held after the entrance exam results are published – ie: your daughter must first have secured an academic place to qualify for an audition.
We award academic scholarships to the top performing candidates in the entrance exam. These are not means-tested. We offer a number of scholarships at 16+ for the 6th Form. Please see the 6th Form Admissions page for more details.
Timeline for 11+ entry in September 2014
|October – December 2013||
Interviews held on Wednesday mornings
|Friday 8 November 2013||Final deadline for applications if accompanied by bursary request|
|Friday 15 November 2013||Final deadline for applications (without bursary requests)|
|Monday 13 January 2014||Entrance examination for all registered candidates|
|February 2014||Results will be sent out by first class post - precise date tbc.|
Precise dates tbc for deadline for acceptance of place