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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Entrance Examinations & Assessments

Our Main Entrance Examination takes place in January Each Year

Senior School: Years 6-11, age 10-16

Applications are welcome at any time for Years 6-10, but there is always a set date for examinations in January which links with the September start date for that year. If you are interested in joining us in the 2018/2019  academic year please email our Admissions Officer, Mrs Hailes on

Our Entrance Examination for 2019 entry will take place on Thursday 17 January 2019. The deadline for registration has now passed. If you have any queries regarding the examination please email 

The entrance examination for Years 6-10 consists of papers in English, mathematics and a reasoning test. 

The English examination will consist of a reading task and a piece of extended writing. 

The mathematics examinations are designed to provide girls with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability in mathematics, according to their age of entry and level of experience. The examinations last for one hour each.

The reasoning test lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes, and consists of three separate sections. Questions will be of a verbal, numerical and perceptual nature.

Junior Department

Foundation Unit: Years F and R, age 3-5

Girls are welcome to join the Foundation class immediately after their third birthday and the Reception class at 4+. For the assessment, which usually lasts from 9.00-11.00am, girls spend time in the Foundation Unit being encouraged to become involved in a range of activities.

The staff use the opportunity to assess their skills, such as numbers, colours, shapes, pencil control, letters and sounds.  They also observe the girls’ social skills and their interaction with others in the classroom and in the playground.  

The Head of the Junior Department will spend time meeting and talking with parents.

Junior Department: Years 1-5, age 6-10

Girls entering Years 1 and 2 have an assessment morning from 9-11.30am, at a time to suit prospective parents.

Girls will join in with the learning programme in their age appropriate class. 

Reading, writing and maths tasks will be undertaken to give the teacher an understanding of the level to which each girl is working.  They will also spend break time in the playground being observed by staff.  This will be used to assess their social interaction with staff and pupils.

Girls entering Years 3-5 have an assessment day lasting from 9.00am-2.30pm, at a time to suit prospective parents.

Girls are tested in mathematics, English – which includes a comprehension exercise, short and long writing tasks such as a letter, report or story – reading and spelling.  Girls will also spend time in the classroom and in the playground at break and lunch times, which will enable staff to assess the social interaction with the pupils and other staff members.

Sixth Form: Years 12-13, age 17-18

Girls wishing to join the Sixth Form in Year 12 must have at least a Level 6 in six academically rigorous and relevant subjects at GCSE, including English and maths and at least Level 7 in those subjects you wish to study at A Level. A satisfactory report from the current school will also be required. Girls who are interested in joining the Sixth Form are welcome to spend the morning with us.