Candidates at preparatory schools (UK only) should sit our Pre-test when they are in Year 7. The deadline for registration for the Pre-test is usually in early Spring Term of Year 7. All other applicants looking to join in Year 9 should sit the 13+ Entrance Examination when they are in Year 8.
Step 1 – Visit Us
Our open events provide an opportunity for you to meet our Headmistress Mrs Marina Gardiner Legge and our dedicated staff, and current pupils whether virtually or in ‘real life’.
The next Senior School Open Day will take place on Saturday 25 September 2021. Please book online here.
Step 2 – Apply
We recommend applying as early as possible in the year preceding entry using our online application form. All applications for entry to Year 9 entry in September 2023 should be submitted by Sunday 20 February 2022 when your daughter is in Year 7. 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 in receipt of income support then we are able to waive this fee, providing proof of income support is sent through. Please contact our Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 478 678) for further information.
Step 3 – Assessments
We are aware that during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, different pupils had different educational experiences. Our assessments and interviews are looking for potential. We are looking at 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.
The Admissions Day for entry to Year 9 2023 will take place on Saturday 5 March 2022 at the senior school. During the day, candidates sit assessment papers in English (written, 1 hour), Maths (written, 1 hour), Modern Foreign Language (French or Mandarin; written, 1 hour) and Reasoning (verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial; online, multiple choice, approx. 1.5 hour).
We invite every candidate who sat the entrance exam to take part in an interview with the Headmistress or the Deputy Head. 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. We are very mindful of the disruption many pupils have experienced due to school closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and we will be asking the schools to outline the educational provision available during the lockdown. We would like to reassure parents that we will be carefully considering how this has impacted each individual candidate to ensure that they will not be disadvantaged by the different levels of provision the schools were able to provide.
Step 4 – Offers and Acceptance
Parents will be informed of the outcome of their application on Friday 8 April 2022.
Acceptance of Offers
The deadline for accepting offered places is Friday 15 July 2022. 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.
Step 5 – Exams for Academic Scholarship and/or Bursary Application
Academic and Head’s Scholarships
Academic and Head’s Scholarships are awarded entirely at the Head’s discretion to outstanding candidates who have excelled during the admissions process. Pre-test candidates with a Year 9 place offer will be invited to sit the 13+ Entrance Exams in Autumn 2022.
Pre-test candidates offered a place in Year 9 will have the opportunity to apply for a GDST Bursary and to sit the 13+ Entrance Exams in the Autumn Term preceding the year of entry (i.e. September 2022). Bursary applicants sitting the 13+ Entrance Exams will be automatically considered for Academic and Head’s Scholarships.
Families are advised to inform the Admissions Team their intention to apply for a bursary as early as possible, and no later than the bursary application deadline in the Autumn Term of Year 8.
All Bursary applications are assessed independently by the Fees Office of the GDST 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 the 13+ Entrance Exams assessment. GDST Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of school fees; however, the amount of any bursary depends on individual circumstances, local demand and the funding available. Sometimes awards of a lesser value may be offered. Please visit our bursary page for details of this year’s bursary assessment criteria.
Step 6 – Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships
Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships
Candidates in receipt of an offer for Year 9 also have the opportunity to apply for an Art, Drama, Music or Sport Scholarship (maximum 2 categories per candidate). We also offer Exhibitions in these categories.
The Scholarship application deadline will be early January 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in late January 2023, and the outcome will be communicated to you in February 2023. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.
Step 7 – 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!