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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 2021 Entry- Key Dates

Please note that we now have 2 examination dates in 2021, so that we can keep everyone as safe as possible 

  • Closing date for Exam and Scholarship Registrations - Wednesday 11th November 2020
  • Entrance Exam Days - Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th January 2021
  • Scholarship Assessment Days - Please see Scholarships link

7 Twenty-One - For Current Year 6s

Our new Covid-safe Admissions Experience for 2021 Year 7 entry

Due to Covid-19, we are offering a different type of admissions experience this year for families and girls embarking on our 2021 Year 7 entry process.  We are calling this our '7 Twenty-One' programme. 

Via a dedicated web-page, 7 Twenty-One will offer information and interactive challenges for girls, and opportunities to sign up to tour the school and meet Mrs King, the Senior School Headmistress, to ask any remaining questions you may have.

If you would like to enrol, please click on the link below, and we will send you full details. If you have already registered for our 11+ exam in January or our Challenge Day (which will now form a part of 7 Twenty-One rather than being a face-to-face event - see below) , you will automatically be enrolled and we will be in touch soon with details.


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

For Current Year 4s and 5s

If you are looking beyond 2021 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 Weekends 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. We hope to add some face-to-face events in the coming months 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 - Different format for 2020

Students who have an interest in Year 7 are typically 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.  

Due to COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision not to hold our Challenge Day in person in September 2020. Instead, we will be offering girls an insight into life at Notre Dame Senior School as part of our new and exciting  '7 Twenty-One' programme. If the girls can't come to Challenge Day, Challenge Day will come to the girls!  Please see above for details of 7 Twenty-One, including an enrolment link.

Register 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 11th November 2020 for September 2021 entry.


Once registered, you will be enrolled on our 7 Twenty-One programme 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 2021 entry are based on performance in the Entrance Examination on 5th or 6th January 2021 only.  For other scholarships, candidates are required to submit the additional Scholarship Registration Form by the closing date of 11th 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 11th November 2020.

Feedback from Parents on our 11+ Admissions Procedure

“We really do love your school, everything that you have to offer and all you believe in.   ND has given [our daughter] so much confidence." 

“ 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.“