Procedure for Junior School (5-11 years)
Girls join the Junior School at every age level and the year groups get larger (with more classes) by Key Stage 2 to accommodate this. Girls usually join in the September but there is flexibility to accept applications during the school year if places are available.
Visiting the School
Every term we hold an Open Morning to give you and your daughter the chance to see the school on a typical working day. Current pupils will act as your guides around the Junior School and you will be able to ask questions of the teachers in the year group that interests you as well as subject specialists. The Headmistress gives a scheduled talk which provides detail on our curriculum, enrichment activities and ethos. The morning provides a valuable insight into the School and will give you a very good appreciation of the lively atmosphere.
Additionally, visitors are invited to schedule private appointments with the Admissions department to view the School individually on a guided tour. These take place throughout the academic year.
To have your daughter considered for entry to the School, please complete our registration process and pay the £80 registration fee. This can now be done on-line. It is advisable, though not essential, to have registered by the end of October to be eligible for a place the following September.
The assessments for the Junior School usually take place in January for September entry, but we appreciate that there is a wide range of individual circumstances and can arrange for assessments at other times. For girls aged 6+, Preparatory (Year 1) and Transition (Year 2) this is approximately a one-hour one-to-one assessment. For girls aged 7-11 (Years 3-6) there is a more formal written assessment in English, Maths and Reasoning which takes place early in the Spring term.
Once you receive the offer of a place you will need to send back the acceptance form and a £500 deposit which is held for the duration of your daughter's school career. We will then be in touch with information about familiarisation events for both you and your daughter and information to help you prepare for her first day at The Abbey.