The Admissions Process

Entry into Reception

Girls may be admitted into Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. The Application Form for Entry to the School can be obtained from the Admissions Registrar.  Applications are invited from September for entry into Reception the following September and assessments take place from then onwards.  

A candidate who wishes to be considered for entry into Reception is to complete and submit the Application Form. Included with this application form should be a copy of the birth certificate, passport and a (non-returnable) entrance administration fee of £120. 

A candidate who has been successful in her application and has been offered a place at the School must respond, in writing, by the specified date and include a cheque for £800 to secure the place. 

Entry into Year 3

All applicants will be assessed through written testing as well as through an interview with the Head of Preparatory. The most recent school report and a reference from the Head Teacher of the current school will also be used to assess the suitability of candidates. 

Interviews occur during the Autumn term of the previous year and the written tests occur in the February of the year of entry. 

Choral Scholarships are available for students entering Year 3. 

A candidate who has been successful in her application and has been offered a place at the School must respond, in writing, by the specified date and include a cheque for £800 to secure the place. 

Entry into Year 6

Places for girls who meet the minimum requirements for entry will be allocated based on ranking in the entrance examinations. Ranked waiting lists will be maintained for those girls who meet the minimum criteria but for whom no place was available.

Procedure for entry at 11+ for internal candidates:
All internal candidates and their families should  take the opportunity to attend the Open Day to meet teaching staff and current Year 7 students. 

All internal candidates will be contacted by the Admissions Registrar during the Autumn term to confirm whether or not they wish to be considered for entry into Year 7. The process is then the same as for external candidates although the £120 administration fee is not required.

A candidate who has been successful in her application and has been offered a place at the School must respond, in writing, by the specified date and include a cheque for £800 to secure the place. 

Entry into Year 7

Places for girls who meet the minimum requirements for entry will be allocated based on ranking in the entrance examinations. Ranked waiting lists will be maintained for those girls who meet the minimum criteria but for whom no place was available. NOTE: As of 13th March 2017, there are currently no places available in Year 7 for girls starting this September. Parents can still sit their daughters for the entrance exam but must be aware that they will then be placed on a waiting list.

Procedure for entry at 11+ for internal candidates:
All internal candidates and their families should  take the opportunity to attend the Open Day to meet teaching staff and current Year 7 students. 

All internal candidates will be contacted by the Admissions Registrar during the Autumn term to confirm whether or not they wish to be considered for entry into Year 7. The process is then the same as for external candidates although the £120 administration fee is not required.

A candidate who has been successful in her application and has been offered a place at the School must respond, in writing, by the specified date and include a cheque for £800 to secure the place. 

Entry into Year 12

An external candidate who wishes to be considered for entry into Year 12 is to complete the application form and submit it by the specified date. 

Included with this application form should be a copy of the birth certificate, a copy of the passport, a copy of the most recent school report and a (non-returnable) entrance administration fee of £110. Should a candidate, external or internal, wish to apply for a Sixth Form Scholarship or Exhibition, all scholarship application forms must be received by the specified date.

A candidate who has been successful in her application and has been offered a place at the School must respond, in writing, by the specified date and include a cheque for £800 to secure the place. 

Residual Place

Residual Places Subject to the availability of residual places students may be admitted to Years 1-5, 8-10 and 12. Further information may be obtained from the Admissions Registrar.

A candidate who wishes to be considered for entry into Years 1 - 5 and 8 - 10 will be assessed as follows.

Areas to be assessedMethod of assessment
EnglishWritten test and Interview
MathematicsWritten test
ReasoningWritten test and Interview
Social interactionObservation
Parental supportInterview
General knowledge and creativityInterview

In addition, candidates for Years 1-5 will be required to spend a day in School. Where appropriate older students may also be required to spend a day in School.
 
The most recent school report and a reference from the Head Teacher of the current school will also be used to assess the suitability of candidates. Old Palace is unable to guarantee continuity of curriculum between schools. Where a student has met the entrance criteria but significant gaps in student knowledge in other areas exist due to the curriculum at a previous school it is the parents’/carers’ responsibility to address these by organising extra tuition.