Candidates at preparatory schools (UK only) should sit our pre-test when they are in Year 7. The registration deadline for the pre-test is Sunday 19 February 2023. All other applicants looking to join in Year 9 should sit the 13+ entrance exams 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 person.
We have various Open Events taking place throughout the year. Have a look at our Admissions Events page to see what’s available and register.
Step 2: Apply
We recommend applying as early as possible using our online application form. All applications for entry to Year 9 entry in September 2024 should be submitted by Sunday 19 February 2023, 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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 478678) 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 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.
The Admissions Day for entry to Year 9 in September 2024 will take place on Wednesday 8 March 2023 at the Senior School. During the day, candidates will sit assessment papers in English (written, 1 hour), Maths (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 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 that different schools provided.
Step 4: Offers and Acceptance
Parents will be informed of the outcome of their daughter’s application by Friday 7 April 2023.
Acceptance of Offers
The deadline for accepting offered places is Friday 14 July 2023. 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 5: Academic and Head’s Scholarships, and Bursary Applications
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 offered a place for Year 9 in September 2024 will have the opportunity to apply for a GDST bursary in the Autumn Term preceding the year of entry (i.e. Autumn Term 2023).
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 2023 (i.e. 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 the means-tested criteria, recipients of bursary awards must also score highly in the 13+ entrance exams. 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 Bursaries page for details of this year’s bursary assessment criteria.
Step 6: Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships
Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships
Pre-test candidates in receipt of an offer for Year 9 in September 2024 also have the opportunity to apply for an Art, Drama, Music or Sport Scholarship (candidates can apply for up to 2 categories). We also offer Exhibitions in these categories.
Further details about the scholarship process and deadlines will be communicated to parents in the Autumn Term preceding the year of entry (i.e. Autumn Term 2023). 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 Scholarships 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!