Entry Procedures

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


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; therefore we advise early registration.

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. 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 2021 entry 

Usually 3-4 yrs ahead of entry 

 

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

Summer Term Yr 5 

Taster Day  

Monday 27th April and Tuesday 5th May 2020 

 

Autumn Term Yr 6  

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment  

Tuesday 15th September 2020 and Monday 21st September 2020 

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 a place is confirmed by an Acceptance Fee* 

 

Autumn Term Yr 6  

 

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport 

Monday 30th November 2020 

 

Spring Term Yr 6  

Scholarship examinations or St Mary’s Calne 11+ examinations 

Tuesday 19th January 2021 

 

Common Entrance sat at Prep Schools  

Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th January 2021 

 

For 2022 entry 

Usually 3-4 yrs ahead of entry 

 

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

Summer Term Yr 5 

Taster Day  

Tuesday 27th April and Wednesday 5th May 2021 

 

Autumn Term Yr 6  

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment  

Autumn Term 2021 – date to be advised 

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 a place is confirmed by an Acceptance Fee* 

 

Autumn Term Yr 6  

 

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport 

Spring Term 2022 – date to be advised 

 

Spring Term Yr 6  

Scholarship examinations or St Mary’s Calne 11+ examinations 

Spring Term 2022 – date to be advised 

 

Common Entrance sat at Prep Schools  

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th January 2022 

* The Acceptance Fee is £2,000.  This is made up of a £750 Acceptance Fee, plus an additional £1,250 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 2021 entry 

Usually 5 yrs ahead of entry 

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

 

Autumn Term Yr 7  

Taster Day 

Wednesday 1st May 2019 and Tuesday 7th May 2019 

 

Autumn Term Yr 7  

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment  

Wednesday 18th September 2019 and Monday 23rd September 2019 

After Entrance Day, firm places will be offered. Girls exhibiting outstanding promise at Entrance Day will be invited to sit Scholarship examinations.  Acceptance of a place is confirmed by an Acceptance Fee* 

 

Spring Term Yr 8  

 

13+ Scholarship Examinations 

Monday 25th January 2021 

 

Spring Term Yr 8   

 

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport  Scholarship interviews  

Tuesday 26th January 2021 

 

Summer Term Yr 8  

Common Entrance Examinations ** 

Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th June 2021 

 

 

For 2022 entry 

Usually 5 yrs ahead of entry 

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

 

Autumn Term Yr 7  

Taster Day 

Monday 27th April & Tuesday 5th May 2020 

 

Autumn Term Yr 7  

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment  

Tuesday 15th September 2020 and Monday 21st September 2020 

After Entrance Day, firm places will be offered. Girls exhibiting outstanding promise at Entrance Day will be invited to sit Scholarship examinations.  Acceptance of a place is confirmed by an Acceptance Fee* 

 

Spring Term Yr 8  

 

13+ Scholarship Examinations 

Spring Term 2022 – date to be advised 

 

Spring Term Yr 8   

 

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport  Scholarship interviews  

Spring Term 2022 – date to be advised 

 

Summer Term Yr 8  

Common Entrance Examinations ** 

Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th June 2022 

 

* The Acceptance Fee is £2,000.  This is made up of a £750 Acceptance Fee, plus an additional £1,250 refundable deposit, which will be refunded on the final invoice when your daughter leaves St Mary’s.   

** Common Entrance Examinations are for setting purposes for girls whose Prep Schools have prepared them.  For other girls, setting will be carried out on arrival at 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 current school, and sometimes written papers. An 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.

Timetable for Entry to St Mary's at Sixth Form

For 2021 entry

Usually 2 yrs ahead of entry 

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

 

Autumn Term Yr 11  

Entrance Day – Written assessments with interviews & Scholarship examinations (for those wishing to apply) 

Monday 16th November 2020 

After Entrance Day, successful candidates will be offered places 

 

Acceptance of a place is confirmed by an Acceptance Fee* 

 

Autumn Term Yr 11  

Tuesday 17th November 2020 

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport  Scholarship interviews  

  

 * The Acceptance Fee is £2,000.  This is made up of a £750 Acceptance Fee, plus an additional £1,250 refundable deposit, which will be refunded on the final invoice when your daughter leaves St Mary’s.

 

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