Entry Procedures

Entry to St Mary’s at 11+, 12+ and 13+


rathbonesParents may register their daughter for entry to St Mary’s at any age before 11+, 12+ or 13+ entry. However, the school is very popular and places are limited; it is therefore advisable to register a girl when she becomes 8 or 9 years old or even earlier.

Following an initial enquiry, there is an opportunity for parents to meet the Headmistress and be given a guided tour of the school and its facilities. At this stage, parents will be invited to register their daughter by returning a completed registration form and non-refundable fee of £250.  Parents will receive confirmation of a reserved place for the appropriate year of entry.

All girls who have a confirmed, reserved place for entry to St Mary’s at 11+, 12+ or 13+ will receive regular newsletters and details of events being held at school. Girls will be invited to a Taster Day, which is an informal day full of activities that will encourage girls to get to know one another and become more familiar with the school, and enable the school to begin to know them.

Girls will be invited to attend an Entrance Day which is a time for St Mary’s to assess and evaluate each girl. St Mary’s will request references prior to this day from the Head of each girl’s preparatory school. We would ask that your daughter bring along some examples of recent work that she would like to share with us. St Mary’s will then inform parents on the next appropriate step for their daughter.

Girls exhibiting outstanding promise at Entrance Day will be invited to enter scholarship examinations. To be accepted for entry via this route, St Mary’s must be selected as the first choice school and approval for such entry must be given in writing by the girl’s present Head Teacher.

Places are offered subject to satisfactory performance at examination and acceptance of the standard terms and conditions and Parent School Contract agreement.

Timetable for Entry to St Mary’s at 11+

For 2017 entry

Usually 3-4 yrs ahead of entry

Initial Enquiry, Visit and Registration (Registration fee of £250)

Summer Term Yr 5 (April/May)

Taster Day
Wednesday 4th and Tuesday 10th May 2016

Autumn Term Yr 6 (Sept)

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment
Wednesday 21st September 2016

After Entrance Day, conditional places will be offered subject to satisfactory performance at Common Entrance or in St Mary’s 11+ examinations. Girls exhibiting outstanding promise at Entrance Day will be invited to sit scholarship examinations. Acceptance of these places is confirmed by an acceptance fee.*

Autumn Term Yr 6 (Nov/Dec)

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport
Monday 5th December 2016

Spring Term Yr 6 (Jan)

Scholarship examinations or St Mary’s Calne 11+ examinations
Tuesday 17th January 2017

Common Entrance sat at Prep Schools
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th January 2017

For 2018 entry

Usually 3-4 yrs ahead of entry

Initial Enquiry, Visit and Registration (Registration fee of £250)

Summer Term Yr 5 (April/May)

Taster Day 
 Wednesday 3rd May and Tuesday 9th May 2017

Autumn Term Yr 6 (Sept)

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment
Wednesday 20th September 2017

After Entrance Day, conditional places will be offered subject to satisfactory performance at Common Entrance or in St Mary’s 11+ examinations. Girls exhibiting outstanding promise at Entrance Day will be invited to sit scholarship examinations. Acceptance of these places is confirmed by an acceptance fee.*

Autumn Term Yr 6 (Nov/Dec)

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport
Monday 4th December 2017

Spring Term Yr 6 (Jan)

Scholarship examinations or St Mary’s Calne 11+ examinations
Tuesday 16th January 2018

Common Entrance sat at Prep Schools
Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th January 2018

*The Acceptance Fee is £1,750.  This is made up of a £750 Acceptance Fee, plus an additional £1,000 refundable deposit, which will be refunded on the final invoice when your daughter leaves St Mary's.

Timetable for Entry to St Mary’s at 13+

For 2017 entry

Usually 5 yrs ahead of entry

Initial Enquiry, Visit and Registration (Registration fee of £250)

Autumn Term Yr 7 (Nov)

 

Taster Day
Wednesday 11th November 2015

Spring Term Yr 7 (Jan)

 

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment
Wednesday 20th January 2016

After Entrance Day, conditional places will be offered subject to satisfactory performance at Common Entrance or in St Mary’s 13+ examinations. Girls exhibiting outstanding promise at Entrance Day will be invited to sit scholarship examinations. Acceptance of these places is confirmed by an acceptance fee.*

Spring Term Yr 8 (Feb)

St Mary’s Calne 13+ examinations (for girls not sitting Common Entrance)
Monday 20th February 2017

Spring Term Yr 8 (Feb)

Common Academic Scholarship examinations sat at Prep Schools
Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Spring Term Yr 8 (Feb/March)

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Music, Drama, Art and Sport.
Scholarship interviews and MFL orals
Non-academic scholarships will be offered subject to satisfactory performance at Common Entrance in June

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Summer Term Yr 8 (May/June)

Common Entrance Examinations sat at Prep Schools
Monday  5th  June – Thursday 8th June 2017

For 2018 entry

Usually 5 yrs ahead of entry

Initial Enquiry, Visit and Registration (Registration fee of £250)

Autumn Term Yr 7 (Nov)

Taster Day
Wednesday 9th November 2016

Spring Term Yr 7 (Jan)

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment 
Wednesday 18th January 2017

After Entrance Day, conditional places will be offered subject to satisfactory performance at Common Entrance or in St Mary’s 13+ examinations. Girls exhibiting outstanding promise at Entrance Day will be invited to sit scholarship examinations. Acceptance of these places is confirmed by an acceptance fee.

Spring Term Yr 8 (Feb)

St Mary’s 13+ Entrance Examinations (for girls not sitting Common Entrance)
Monday 19th February 2018

Spring Term Yr 8 (Feb)

Common Academic Scholarship Examinations sat at Prep Schools 
Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st February 2018

Spring Term Yr 8 (Feb/March)

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport.
Scholarship interviews and MFL orals
Thursday
22nd February 2018
Non-academic scholarships will be offered subject to satisfactory performance at Common Entrance in June 

Summer Term Yr 8 (May/June)

Common Entrance Examinations sat at Prep Schools 
Tuesday 5th - Friday 8th June 2018

*The Acceptance Fee is £1,750.  This is made up of a £750 Acceptance Fee, plus an additional £1,000 refundable deposit, which will be refunded on the final invoice when your daughter leaves St Mary's.

Entry for Sixth Form

We welcome enquiries for girls seeking placement at St Mary’s at Sixth Form entry level. Places are offered subject to satisfactory individual assessment based on interviews at St Mary’s and reports from the Head of their previous school, and sometimes written papers. Offer of a place will be conditional on satisfactory GCSE results. Girls should achieve top grades in the subjects they wish to take forward to A Level.

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