How to Apply
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.
We are pleased to announce that for September 2020 we have joined the collective North London Consortium of girls’ schools who run a single entrance examination, reducing the number of entrance exams that girls applying to private schools will have to take for 11+ entry.
For September 2019, applicants will continue to take our internally set examination, and should apply directly to the school rather than via the Consortium.
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 currently take entrance tests in English and Mathematics. At the time of writing (Summer 2018) the school is reviewing its assessment process in line with other independent girls’ schools in North London. Further details will be made public once they are available, but suffice to say that the entrance tests will be similar to those at the majority of independent girls’ schools in the region, and this is likely to be more in line with cognitive ability testing than traditional ‘Maths and English end of year exam papers’.
Following the assessments, selected girls will be invited in for an interview.
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.