St Helen and St Katharine is an academically selective day school for girls. We welcome applications at various entry points from aged 9+ in Year 5 up to 16+ in Sixth Form, and from all educational backgrounds.
Most students join the School at age 11 (Year 7). Our other main entry points are age 9 (Year 5), age 10 (Year 6), age 13 (Year 9) or age 16 (Year 12/Lower Sixth). Admission at other entry points (for example Year 8 and Year 10) is possible depending on spaces being available. Please do get in touch with the Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry.
Admissions information details for our main entry points are available by clicking on the relevant entry point below.
Your first visit to St Helen’s should ideally be on our whole School Open Day or another open event at least two years prior to entry.
Go to the ‘Visit us’ section of our website to find the most suitable event for you.
Candidates should be registered by the appropriate deadline, although late applications may be considered. A registration form should be completed online and the registration fee of £150 paid (£250 for students resident overseas).
Earlier registration is always encouraged.
Once your daughter is fully registered you will automatically receive details of the admissions process at the appropriate time.
Registered candidates are required to attend a taster day at St Helen’s as part of the entrance assessment process.
For candidates applying for Year 9 places during Year 7, the taster day will take place on Friday 1 March 2024. Interviews with the Headmistress will take place in the week following the entrance assessment, w/c 11 March 2024, by invitation.
For candidates applying for Year 9 places during Year 8, the taster afternoon will take place after the assessment morning on Friday 6 October 2023. Interviews with the Headmistress or a member of the School leadership team will take place during the taster afternoon.
The taster day or afternoon 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 students already at St Helen’s.
For registered Year 8 candidates applying for entry in 2024, the assessment morning will take place on Friday 6 October 2023. They will write papers in English and mathematics, each lasting one hour and 15 minutes. A reference will be requested directly from a candidate’s current school before the assessment date. Parents should notify the school that a request will be coming.
For registered Year 7 candidates applying for entry in 2025, the assessment morning will take place on Monday 4 March 2024. They will write papers in English and mathematics, each lasting one hour and 15 minutes. A reference will be requested directly from a candidate’s current school before the assessment date. Parents should notify the school that a request will be coming.
For candidates applying during Year 8, parents will be notified of the outcome of their daughter’s application within a week of the entrance assessment.
For candidates applying during Year 7, the first notification will advise whether their daughter has been selected to return for interview w/c Monday 11 March 2024. Places will be offered within a week of interview. An offer holders’ event will also be held in May of Year 7.
Parents are asked to accept the place as early as possible as there could be implications for those on the waiting list.
After accepting a place, students are invited to the School on two occasions; the first in June of Year 8 when they will have a chance to meet Year 9 staff and other Year 9 joiners and students who will be in their form in September; and the second in September on ‘intake afternoon’ the day before the beginning of term.
For more detailed information about the assessments and admissions process for this entry point, please refer to the relevant pages of the booklet below.
Jane Herold, Registrar