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Admission to King Edward VI High School for Girls

These dates are provisional at time of being published, but please keep visiting our websites as dates can sometimes change.

Entry at age 11

The majority of girls join King Edward VI High School for Girls in the Thirds (Year 7). Each year, around 96 girls join the School from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds.

Entrance examinations for the Thirds (Year 7) take place at the beginning of October, the year before entry.

Date of entrance examination: Friday 4th October 2019

Closing date for applications: Monday 23rd September 2019

Online registration is available on the School website.

Girls must have reached the age of 11 years by 31st August following the examinations.

Offers will be made by 1st December 2019.

Girls are examined at the school in English and Mathematics. The syllabus is such as should normally be covered by girls of good ability, and no special preparation is advised.

English Papers

Both English papers in the entrance examination are designed to test reading and writing skills and to explore a candidate’s potential. In the past poems, pictures and passages of prose have appeared on the papers for candidates to examine. Tasks have included comprehension type questions, creative writing and an opportunity to respond personally to the stimulus material. Candidates are given time at the beginning of each examination to read the paper through and are advised to spend this time familiarising themselves with the material, the questions and the instructions on the paper. They should endeavour to answer questions fully and appropriately.

Mathematics Paper

The paper consists of a series of questions of varying lengths, which are designed to test the candidate’s ability to use and apply the straightforward processes of arithmetic. No calculators of any kind are allowed. Formal knowledge of algebra and geometry is not required. Some questions are deliberately designed to test response to a simple but unfamiliar mathematical idea for which no previous knowledge is required.

It is emphasised that candidates should show their working clearly, and not assume that it is only the answer which is of interest to the examiner.

Entry at age 12-15

Girls from 12 to 15 may be considered if they move from another part of the country, or for some other special reason. Applications should be made to the Principal as soon as the move is planned. Such girls are admitted at any time if there is a vacancy. All applicants are required to sit entrance examinations and can only be admitted if the standard reached indicates that they are of the academic calibre of girls entered at 11.

Entry at age 16+

Applications for September 2019 are available to download here.

Closing date for applications: Friday 31st January 2019

Interviews will be conducted between January and March 2019 and conditional offers made by 31st March 2019.

Sixth Form Late Entry

A few girls’ aspirations do change during their final GCSE year and when they receive their GCSE results. Therefore there is a late entry examination set after GCSEs. For information about the exact date please contact the Registrar. It needs to be borne in mind that some courses have filled up by this stage.


The school offers means tested bursaries and parents wishing to apply for fees remission must complete and return annually a statement of income. Please refer to the School website and our page entitled Independent Schools – Fee Assistance for further information.