Admissions

SENIOR SCHOOL

  • Admission is by assessment, usually held in January, for entry the following September. This includes entry into the Senior School by members of the Prep. School. Most girls enter the Senior School at eleven, although a few places may be available at later stages and places are available for the Sixth Form. Means-tested bursaries, up to full fee awards, are available at all entry levels.
  • Taster Days and small-group Taster Sleepovers are provided in the Autumn Term prior to entry and are very valuable opportunities for girls to see whether St Catherine’s is the right school for them.
  • 11+ entrance examinations are in Mathematics, English, Science and Verbal Reasoning, and are devised by St Catherine’s, based on the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum content.  At 12+ - 14+, tests are taken in Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics at the appropriate level.  Sixth Form papers include an IQ test and Subject Specific Papers.
  • We welcome a number of new girls –day and boarding –into the Sixth Form each year.  Competition for places is strong and therefore registration will close on 13th October 2017.  Assessment is by examination and interview on Friday 3rd November 2017 for entrance to the Sixth Form in September 2018.
     

    At registration girls nominate their likely choice of subjects for Sixth Form study and on the Assessment Day will sit 3 subject specific tests, each of 30 minutes duration,  plus an online general paper lasting one hour which gives an indication of IQ and academic potentail.  All girls will have an interview with two senior members of staff and this is a good opportunity for girls to get to know us and to ask any questions that they may have about academic courses and any other aspect of school life. 
     

    Girls who wish to take a Modern Foreign Language in the Sixth Form will also have an informal oral with an appropriate member of staff and girls who wish to study Art, Textiles or Design Technology are asked to bring a portfolio of recent work for an informal discussion with the respective Head of Department.
     

    There is an opportunity to spend a night in the Sixth Form Boarding House prior to the Assessment Day which gives all candidates an opportunity to “taste” life in Boarding and all girls will have a tour of the school and its facilities with a current pupil.  This is also a good opportunity to find out more about life at St. Catherine’s.

    We strongly recommend that all interested candidates attend the Assessment Day in person as we believe that this is the best way for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you.  We then guarantee that we will make very prompt offers of places to successful candidates who do not currently attend an ISC school*.

    Overseas candidates who are unable to attend the Assessment Day will be asked initially to sit the online general test at a recognised British Council venue during late October 2017.  At that stage we will indicate whether or not we would like to further the application.  Should this be the case arrangements will be made for the candidate to sit subject specific tests at her current school and this will then be followed by Skype interview.  If it is possible to visit in person for the Assessment Day, however, we would advise it.
     

    Girls should have a minimum of six GCSEs at Grade B or grade 6 (new GCSEs) and above, including Maths and English.  A minimum of Grade A or grade 7 is required for subjects chosen for A Level study.
     

    *Please note that there is a code of conduct for ISC (Independent Schools Council) schools regarding the dates for release of offers which may not be made prior to 1st December 2017 for any pupil currently enrolled in an ISC school.

PREP SCHOOL

  • Admission is by assessment for entry the following September in the preceding November for 4+ and the preceding January for 5+,  7+ and other occasional places.
  • At 4+ girls visit the school for a morning in groups no greater than 8.  Through play, teacher observation and teacher/pupil interaction, girls’ literacy, numeracy, physical and social skills are assessed.
  • At all other ages, assessment consists of tests in English and Mathematics, written by members of the Departments, respectively, as well as a Verbal Reasoning paper.  Each girl will also have an informal interview where she will talk about herself and her interests.

BOTH SCHOOLS

  • A confidential report from the girl’s previous Head will always be requested, except at 4+, and used as part of the selection procedure.  The report for each girl requests information about her academic performance and potential, any specific learning difficulties, how best to manage any disability, and curricular and extra-curricular interests.
  • Applicants with a disability will be assessed on their academic performance as outlined above.  Parents of applicants with a disability should make this clear on the application form so that the School can make every reasonable effort to adapt its admissions procedures to accommodate the applicant on the entrance test day.  Any parent of an applicant who has a disability is also asked to let the School know so that proper access can be arranged for pre-admission school visits/information mailings, and subsequently for school events, should the applicant be successful in the entrance tests.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants will be considered as candidates for admission to the school once the Registration Form (online form below) has been completed and returned, along with the non-refundable registration fee, currently £100.   (£200.00 for overseas students)


An Acceptance Deposit of £500 (Day Pupil), £1,000 (Boarder in the UK), a term’s fees (for overseas’ boarders) is payable when parents return the Acceptance Form to the School. It is refunded (less any outstanding charges) when the pupil leaves, or is credited if a full term’s fee in lieu of notice is paid.

For further details, please contact the relevant Registrar.