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Year 7 (11+)

Year 7 is the main entry point for our Senior School.  We work hard to make our admissions process as stress-free and welcoming as possible for everyone involved, because we appreciate that the 11+ and choosing a senior school can be a daunting prospect for girls and parents alike.  We endeavour to provide you with as much information and insight as we can to support your decision making.

Contact Us

Our Admissions Office is ready to help you with any enquiries you may have. Your points of contact with the school throughout the 11+ admissions process is our Admissions Manager, Natalie Foreman, and our Director of Admissions and Marketing, Mrs Beccy Johnson.  Please feel free to get in touch at any time if you have any questions - or telephone 01932 869993.

Year 7 2022 Entry- Key Dates

  • Closing date for Exam and Scholarship Registrations - Wednesday 10th November 2021
  • Entrance Exam Day - Wednesday 5th January 2022
  • Scholarship Assessment Days - Please see Scholarships link

7 Twenty-Two - For Current Year 5 Girls

We are excited to introduce our 7 Twenty-Two Programme for girls embarking on our 2022 Year 7 entry process.

This Programme will launch in the Spring of 2021 and will serve as a portal to all you need to know about Notre Dame and the Admission journey.  Over the course of the 2022 11+ Admissions round, via a dedicated web-page and email updates, 7 Twenty-Two will offer information and insight and interactive challenges for girls, as well as opportunities to sign up for school tours and events including 'Meet The Head' events with Mrs King, the Senior School Headmistress, and the Year 6 Challenge Day (see below).

If you would like to enrol, please click on the link below, and we will send you full details when the programme is launched. If you have already registered for our 11+ exam in January, you will automatically be enrolled and we will be in touch with details.


We hope you will enjoy exploring all that Notre Dame Senior School has to offer.

10+ Entry in Year 6

We will be adding a third class in Year 6 in September 2021, as we have a large 10+ intake.  If you would like to find out more about 10+ entry in Year 6, please get in touch using our Enquire Now! link.

Beyond 2022 Entry

If you are looking beyond 2022 entry, your first step on the admissions journey would typically be to visit our School.  In the first instance, families often find it helpful to attend one of our Open Events at some point in Year 5, or Autumn of Year 6, although some parents come along as early as Year 4 to take a first look.   Our Senior School Headmistress gives a talk at such events and we often arrange for a Year 7 girl and a Year 7 parent to share their experiences of Notre Dame.

Due to Covid-19, we are currently offering Virtual Open Events rather than on-site events. Please click on the 'Open Events' link on the Admissions menu to see the dates of forthcoming events and to pre-register.  If you have registered on 7 Twenty-Two, you will automatically be invited. We hope to add some face-to-face events in the summer and will be in touch in due course with those who have registered for virtual events. Please do contact the Admissions Team at any time if you have any questions.

Challenge Day

Students on our 7 Twenty-Two Programme will be invited to a 'Challenge Day' in the September of Year 6.  This event is very popular and books up quickly, so we advise early booking. It is not necessary to have submitted a Registration Form before the Challenge Day - the day is part of the process of girls getting to know us and it is not about us assessing the girls.  

Register for the Exam by the November Deadline

All prospective students are required to register for the 11+ exam using the form below, which should be returned to Beccy Johnson with a registration fee of £100 by the closing date of 10th November 2021 for September 2022 entry.


Once registered, you will be enrolled automatically on our 7 Twenty-Two programme (if you have not already enrolled) to give you as much insight into our school as possible to help with the decision making process.

The Selection Process

Entry into the Senior School in Year 7 is subject to all girls passing the Year 7 Entrance Examination that is held in the January of the year of entry. The Entrance Examination comprises English, Mathematics, Non-Verbal Reasoning and an informal Interview.  We also make time for some fun activities on the examinations day so that girls can relax and get to know the other candidates.  

The English and Mathematics Entrance Examination targets levels 4-6 of the National Curriculum and, as a rough guide, our intake sits within the top 40% of the ability range.  The Non-Verbal Reasoning paper is of the typical format for papers of this type. Past papers are not available. 

Girls personally receive full details of what to expect on the exam day, including a personal timetable and Q&As.  We find this really helps them to feel more relaxed on the day and many enjoy their time with us.  A fundamental principle that runs through our entire school is that relaxed and happy girls give of their best and this is as true of the admissions process as it is anywhere else - we start our relationship with the girls as we mean to go on.

For all applicants, we request a reference from a student's existing school.

Scholarships at 11+

Academic, Art, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships are available at 11+.  Academic Scholarships for 2022 entry are based on performance in the Entrance Examination 5th January 2022 only.  For other scholarships, candidates are required to submit the additional Scholarship Registration Form by the closing date of 10th November.

Please see the Scholarships link to find out more about scholarships.

Overseas Candidates

For overseas applicants, we are able to arrange for assessments to be carried in a child's existing school as necessary.

Progression to the Senior School for Internal Notre Dame Candidates

For internal Notre Dame candidates, progression to the Senior School is subject to assessment of progress over Years 4 and 5.  Formal offers will be made at the end of Year 5, after which girls will not be required to sit the entrance exam unless they would like to apply for an Academic Scholarship. For all scholarship applications, the process for internal girls is the same as that for external girls and the closing date for registrations is 10th November 2021.

Feedback from Parents on our 11+ Admissions Procedure

“ You have put a lot of thought into [the 11+ process] and made it fun, inviting and pleasurable for the girls, at a really stressful time for them. For us we were looking for a school that was approachable, welcoming, and one that looks at [our daughter] as an individual, rather than just being another child coming through the door."

“I wanted to email you to say that the admissions process you run is streets ahead of the experience we have had with other schools.  Your warm letters to the girls explaining the process and exams has been lovely and very reassuring.   It really does make a huge difference to parents and girls who are going through the very stressful process of applying for secondary schools.”

 “Thank you so much for all your time and your kindness with a far less stressful 11+ experience than some schools.  You have been so wonderful.“