The main points of entry to our Senior School are at age 11 (Year 7) and age 13 (Year 9). Parents looking for entry to Year 8 or Year 10 should contact the Admissions team to enquire if there are places available in these year groups in the year preceding entry. If places are available, we are happy to receive registrations for entry at these points.
We recommend applying as early as possible in the year preceding entry using our online application form. Please check our Key Admissions Dates. You will be asked to upload a current passport photo. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £100 (£150 for overseas applicants). If you are currently in receipt of Income Support, please speak to our Registrar to discuss the possibility of waiving the required registration fee.
We will also contact her current school to request a reference.
Our GDST Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of school fees are available at Year 7, Year 9 (external candidates only) and Year 12 entry. All Bursary applications are assessed independently by the Fees Office of the GDST and not Oxford High School itself, and applications are means-tested taking into account parental income and assets. In addition to satisfying means-testing criteria, recipients of bursary awards must also score highly in our admissions assessments.
To apply for a bursary, you must tick the bursary application box on the application form or let the Admissions Team know. Once the Trust’s online bursary application portal is open in October, we will send you the login details for you to complete the bursary application. Applications for bursaries cannot be made to the Trust once offers have been made. Please see our Bursaries page for further details.
All applicants will sit the school’s entrance examination on Admissions Day (currently virtually-invigilated). We do not recommend any specific preparation for the Admissions Day and do not make past papers available to parents or schools.
Year 7 entrance exams: English (written, 1 hr), Mathematics (written 1 hr), and an Online Cognitive Abilities Test (60 – 90 mins).
Year 8 entrance exams: English (written, 1 hr), Mathematics (written, 1 hr), Modern Foreign Language (written, 1 hr: French or Mandarin), and an Online Cognitive Abilities Test (60 – 90 mins).
Year 9 entrance exams: English (written, 1 hr), Mathematics (written, 1 hr), Modern Foreign Language (written, 1 hr: French, German, Mandarin, Spanish), and an Online Cognitive Abilities Test (60 – 90 mins).
Year 10 entrance exams: English (written, 1 hr), Mathematics (written, 1 hr), Modern Foreign Language (written, 1 hr: French, German, Mandarin, Spanish), Sciences (written, 1 hr), and an Online Cognitive Abilities Test (60 – 90 mins).
We invite every girl who sat the entrance exam to take part in a virtual interview with the Headmistress or the Deputy Head. Again, we do not recommend any preparation.
Place Offer and Bursary Outcome
Parents and girls will be informed of the outcome of the Admissions Day by first-class post (or by email if Overseas). Bursary awards, Academic and Head’s Scholarship and Exhibition awards will also be communicated to parents at this point. Scholarships and exhibitions are held for the duration of the time that your daughter is at Oxford High School, subject to satisfactory progress and behaviour. The deadline for accepting offered places is set by the GSA and is usually early March .
Acceptance of Offers
On the acceptance of a place, a deposit of £1,000 is payable, which the school retains until the end of the pupil’s final term in the school and which is refunded within 12 weeks of her leaving, less any sums owing to the Girls’ Day School Trust or the school at that time. It is forfeited if the pupil does not take up the accepted place.
Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships Application
Girls in receipt of an offer for Year 7 and Year 9 also have the opportunity to apply for an Art, Drama, Music or Sport Scholarship. We also offer Exhibitions in these categories. These Scholarships are held for the duration of the time that your daughter is at Oxford High School, subject to satisfactory progress and behaviour. To ensure fairness in the application process, we will only disclose the scholarship application details when your daughter has been offered a place.