We have modified our entrance procedure this year in view of the ongoing Covid 19 crisis. We are acutely aware of the negative impact on the education of some of our prospective pupils, yet are also keen to retain as many of the key principles of our regular assessment as circumstances allow. The dates for our entrance process are subject to change dependent on governmental guidance at the time. We will endeavour to give parents and guardians as much notice of any changes as possible.
By the deadline of Friday 13 November 2020
Submit the completed registration forms together with a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate and a cheque for £125 (not applicable for those families applying for a bursary only place) to cover the registration fee.
Parents will be able to indicate on the examination entry form (available from August 2020) if they would like to apply for a bursary on the grounds of financial need or apply for a music scholarship.
Wednesday 25 November 2020
All candidates will complete an on-screen time-limited cognitive ability test covering verbal ability, mathematics ability and non-verbal ability to identify potential. Practice materials are not provided but you can get a flavour of using the test on a computer by accessing:
This is an hour-long test and will be taken at the candidate’s current school. If it is not possible for a student to take the test at their school, we will arrange for them to take it here at St Paul’s or another school.
Parents will be informed of the outcome of this stage of the selection process in mid December. At this time we will also ask for a confidential report for the girls’ current schools.
Monday 4 January 2021
Successful candidates from the computer assessment will be invited to sit our entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Comprehension. Students will sit a shortened version of our normal examinations with 45 minute long papers rather than 75 minutes in previous years. This will allow us to operate the exam day in-person and in a safe manner at St Paul’s. We will shortlist girls for interview based on these examination results.
Monday 18 – Friday 29 January 2021
Following success in the entrance examinations, girls are invited for an interview. These will probably take place remotely on Zoom or another similar platform and will focus on the student’s academic potential through interaction with stimulus material. There will be arrangements made for candidates who do not have access to a computer.
Friday 19 February 2021
The final results will be sent out to parents by first class post.
Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 9am
Acceptances to offers of a place need to be with the school by this deadline, together with a deposit of 50% of a term’s fees although reduced deposits apply for successful bursary candidates. An additional overseas deposit is required if one or more of the persons who are jointly and severally responsible for paying the fees is resident outside the United Kingdom.
summer term 2021
We will send out a pack of information early in the summer term, together with invitations to various summer term events including the new girls’ tea in June.