How to apply

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 with your enquiry.

Admissions information details for our main entry points are available by clicking on the relevant entry point below.

1. Visit the School

Your first visit to St Helen’s should ideally be on our whole School Open Day or another open event at least one year prior to entry.


Go to the ‘Visit us’ section of the website to find the most suitable event for you.

Book an open event

2. Registration

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). Once your daughter is registered you will automatically receive details about the entrance procedure.


The deadline for registering for 2024 entry is Monday 30 October 2023. 


Registrations after this date are possible, and a late round of interviews and assessments will also take place in March 2024. The registration deadline for the second round of admissions is Friday 16 February 2024.


Please get in touch with the Admissions team at if you are considering making a late application. Please note that late applicants cannot be considered for a scholarship or bursary as this process concludes in November.

3. Entrance interview and assessment

Registered candidates will have two interviews; one with both the Headmistress and the Head of Sixth Form and the second with another senior member of staff.


Candidates are also required to complete online reasoning tests.


Interviews take place, by arrangement with the Admissions team.


For entry in 2024, the online reasoning tests will take place on Saturday 11 November 2023, and interviews will be arranged during w/c Monday 13 November 2023.


Late applications are acceptable, subject to the availability of subjects to be studied. Interviews for late applicants take place w/c 4 March 2024.


Please be advised, late applicants are not eligible for consideration for a scholarship or bursary.

4. Offers and accepting a place

Candidates will be informed of their conditional offer on Friday 1 December 2023.


All offers require at least five 9-7 (A* to A) grades at (I)GCSE and a 9-7 or A* or A in the subjects the candidate plans to study at A level.


Letters confirming offers will be sent in late August, following receipt of (I)GCSE results.

5. Welcome to St Helen's

After accepting a place, students are invited to the School on two occasions: the first for Induction Afternoon on 5 July when they will have an afternoon of activities and a chance to meet their form and their form tutor; 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.

Admissions information booklet


Contact Admissions

Jane Herold, Registrar

01235 530593

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