Candidates should be registered at least one year prior to their entry date, although late applications may be acceptable. A registration form should be completed and returned to the Admissions Office with the appropriate fee. The closing date for registration for 2021 entry is 13 November 2020, however earlier registration is recommended.
Once your daughter is registered, you will automatically receive details about the entrance examination. Parents who are unsure whether their daughter is performing to the standard required for entry in Year 7 may wish to take advantage of opportunities for 11+ registered candidates to take a diagnostic assessment. This assessment is separate from the entrance examination and takes place at the same time as the exams for entry into Years 6. Girls taking the diagnostic assessment will still need to sit the entrance examination for the required year of entry in January with all registered candidates.
Taster day and interview
Registered candidates will be invited to spend a 'taster' day at St Helen’s as part of the entrance examination process. Taster days take place in the Autumn term of Year 6, throughout October, November and December. The day will take the form of a normal school day and will include lessons in known and new subjects. There will also be an opportunity to meet girls already at St Helen’s and the Headmistress will meet girls individually throughout the day. The day will end with girls breaking into groups of five or six for an informal discussion with a senior member of staff.
The School’s main entrance assessment is normally taken in January of the year in which the girl is 11 years of age by 1 September. Under age candidates can be accepted on the recommendation of their present Headteacher. No special preparation is necessary. Places are allocated on performance in the written papers, current Headteacher’s reference and report.
The entrance assessment for 2021 entry will be 16 January 2021. It includes a paper in mathematics and two papers in English, a reading comprehension exercise and a creative writing task.
Offers and accepting a place
Parents will be notified of the outcome of the assessment within ten days of the Assessment Day. At this stage, if parents or girls remain uncertain of their decision, they are welcome to contact the Admissions Office for further information or to arrange another visit to St Helen’s. Parents are asked to accept the place as early as possible since there are important implications for girls on our waiting list.
Welcome to St Helen’s
After accepting a place girls are invited to the School on two occasions: the first on a Saturday in June when they will have a day of activities and a chance to meet their form and their form tutor, and one in September, the day before the beginning of term.
Bursaries and scholarships
St Helen and St Katharine was founded on the desire to provide a broad, balanced and academically excellent education for its pupils, a goal to which we remain committed. Our Scholarship and Bursary provision has been established for many years and owes much to the assistance and generosity of benefactors and friends of the School, to whom we remain indebted. In 2012 our scholarship provision, which seeks to recognise and reward excellence, was extensively reviewed and extended and full details can be found on the Scholarships page.