The main points of entry to our Senior School are at Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+). 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.

Step 1: Contact Admissions

Please contact the Admissions team (admissions@oxf.gdst.net) to enquire about place availability and the timeline for your admissions process.

Overseas Candidates

We are not licensed by the UK Borders Agency to support Tier 4 visa applications to enter the UK. For students outside of the EU/EEA, we require a copy of the student’s passport and visa before we can offer a place. To attend Oxford High School, it is essential that one or both parents will be living with their daughter whilst she is at our school. We cannot consider any kind of homestay or guardianship arrangements for international students as we believe that girls need the support of their families or of a good boarding school at this crucial stage of their education.

Step 2: Visit Us

Our Admissions Events provide an opportunity for you to meet our Head, Mrs Marina Gardiner Legge, and our dedicated staff and current pupils whether virtually or in person.

Visit our Admissions events page to register for an upcoming event.

Step 3: Apply

We recommend applying as early as possible in the year preceding entry using our online application form.

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 in receipt of income support then we are able to waive this fee, providing proof of income support is sent through. Please contact our Senior School Registrar (admissions@oxf.gdst.net or 01865 478 678) for further information.

Please be aware that we do not offer Bursary awards and Scholarships to pupils applying for Year 8 and Year 10.

Step 4: Assessments

Our assessments and interviews are looking for potential. We look for how candidates apply their knowledge and understanding based on topics which would form a common core which we feel should have been covered by all.

Admissions Day

For UK applicants, the Admissions Day for entry will take place at the Senior School on a school day.

For overseas applicants, we ask parents to arrange the exams to be invigilated by their local British Council office, a reputable exams centre or their daughter’s current school. We will liaise with the invigilator directly once you have arranged the invigilation.

Year 8 (12+): During the day, candidates will sit computer-based assessments using Atom Learning, which includes English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal.

Your daughter will also sit a 30 minute hand-written English task as part of her entrance assessments.

Prior to her Admissions Day, we will send a parent Atom Learning FAQ sheet, which includes a small familiarisation exercise to help candidates understand how the assessment will be laid out.

Year 10 (14+): Candidates will sit assessment papers in English (written, 1 hour), Maths (written, 1 hour), Science (written, 1 hour), and Reasoning (verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial; online, multiple choice, approx. 1.5 hours).


We invite every candidate who sat the entrance assessments to take part in an interview with the Head or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. At the interview, we aim to put candidates at their ease whilst also challenging them. This approach enables us to identify whether a pupil will truly thrive here, academically and otherwise.

Reference from Current School

We will contact a candidate’s current school for a reference using the information provided in the application form. Please ensure the details provided are of an individual, preferably the Head, of your daughter’s current school, not of an individual external to your daughter’s education.

Step 5: Offers and Acceptance

Parents will be informed of the outcome of their daughter’s application soon after the interview.

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. The deposit is forfeited if the pupil does not take up the accepted place.

Step 6: Settling into Oxford High School

We believe it is crucial to ensure pupils settle quickly and happily into their new surroundings. We aim to send out all relevant information to new parents well in advance and, once your place has been confirmed as accepted, we will invite you to come along to events or concerts in school so you can meet your future classmates or fellow parents. Buddy systems and ‘New Pupils’ Day’ events are all part of the warm welcome you will enjoy when you join Oxford High School!

If you have further questions about the admissions process, please check out our FAQs page or contact us at admissions@oxf.gdst.net or 01865 478678.


Considering OHS?

Please review the key admission dates and deadlines, to ensure you don’t miss out on applying for a place. If you have further questions, contact our friendly Admissions team who are happy to help.

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