How to Apply

Entry Criteria

In general St Margaret's operates a policy of selection based on the following basic criteria:

  • A prospective pupil's general parity with academic performance commensurate with her age (i.e. she is performing at a level generally expected, based on national standards, of someone of her age. As an example, we would anticipate that girls applying to join the school at Year 7 will be achieving around Level 4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science by the end of Year 6).
  • Evidence from previous reports and/or when being assessed at St Margaret's that she is likely to behave well at St Margaret's.
  • A sense of commitment on behalf of prospective parents as to the importance of their daughter's education.

Demand for places often exceeds supply. In these circumstances the following criteria will be applied when deciding priority:

  • Academic performance when being assessed
  • Prior academic performance (where applicable)
  • Pupil's attitude to learning
  • Pupil's character
  • Parental commitment to St Margaret's aims and ethos
  • Siblings will usually be given priority

Please note that the above are not in order of importance. For example, a girl with test results that are a little higher than another, but whose parents show little understanding of, or commitment to, St Margaret's aims and ethos, may not be the one offered the place.

Entry to Reception

Parents who have registered with the school will be invited to bring their daughters for an assessment with the Reception teacher, which will take place in the Spring term preceding the September of entry. Offers of places to successful applicants will normally be made in the first half of the Spring term or early in the second half.

Entry to Years 1 and 2

Places in Years 1 and 2 are offered if space is available, following an assessment with the relevant form teachers. Reception, Years 1 and 2 will usually have approximately 12 pupils in each class.

Entry to Year 3 and 4

Places are offered, if space is available, in Years 3 and 4 on the basis of tests in Mathematics and English, usually administered by the class or subject teacher. There will be a maximum of 16 pupils in the class.

Entry to Year 5 and 6

Places are offered, if space is available, in Years 5 and 6 on the basis of tests in English and Mathematics. A pupil will only be accepted into the school at this stage if she is considered to be a suitable candidate for transfer to the Senior School at the end of Year 6. There will be a maximum of 16 pupils in each class.

Entry to Year 7

External candidates will take entrance tests in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. These tests will take place at the school in January for entry the following September, though applications can be made and assessments can in special cases be taken, from November. Places for those who achieve an acceptable standard may be offered before January, but replies will not be required until the same time as other candidates. An interview with the girl and her parent(s) may also be arranged. References will be required from the applicants' current schools. Girls already in Year 6 will take the same papers as the external applicants. The results will be used for information only.

Information about the Year 7 Assessments

Entry to Years 8, 9 and 10

Girls may take entrance tests to the school at any time, provided there are spaces. Applicants will be tested in English and Mathematics. Entry to Year 10 will be on the basis that the entrant's chosen options match those of the current Year 10 and will depend on satisfactory performances in the English and Mathematics papers.


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