The process normally begins at least a year prior to entry. Initially, prospective parents and students are invited to attend an Open Morning. These are held three times a year. An individual tour of the school and a meeting with the Head can also be arranged and parents are asked to contact the Admissions Team to make an appointment.
Parents who would like their daughter to be considered for a place complete a registration form (available to download here) and are asked to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £100.
Parents are then contacted in October, prior to entry the following September, and given a timetable of the admissions process. This will include a visit to the school in the Autumn Term of year 6 ('Preview Day') when registered girls take part in a series of fun and challenging activities and have individual interviews. A request for a written reference is made to the applicant's present school before the Entrance Examinations in early January.
There are separate lists for day places and boarding places and the offers are made according to the type of place requested on the registration form. 11+ and 13+ places will be offered at the end of January and parents will be asked to complete a Parent Contract and pay a deposit to secure the place. Acceptances must be received by the school by the first Monday in March or the offer of a place will be withdrawn and applicants on the waiting list will be offered places. If parents permanently reside abroad, the deposit will be equivalent of one term's fees. All deposits are refundable when the pupil leaves the school.