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 2020 entry

Usually 3-4 yrs ahead of entry

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

Summer Term Yr 5

Taster Day 
Wednesday 1st and Tuesday 7th May 2019

Autumn Term Yr 6

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment
Wednesday 18th September 2019 and Monday 23rd September 2019

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

Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Art, Drama, Music and Sport
Monday 2nd December 2019

Spring Term Yr 6

Scholarship examinations or St Mary’s Calne 11+ examinations
Tuesday 21st January 2020

Common Entrance sat at Prep Schools
Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st January 2020

*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 2020 entry

Usually 5 yrs ahead of entry

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

Autumn Term Yr 7

Taster Day
Friday12th  October 2018

Spring Term Yr 7

Entrance Day – Pre-Assessment 
Wednesday 14th November 2018

After Entrance Day, firm places will be offered. 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

13+ Scholarship Examinations 

Monday 27th January 2020

Spring Term Yr 8

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

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Summer Term Yr 8

Common Entrance Examinations **

Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th June 2020

*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.

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