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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 2023 Entry- Key Dates

  • Closing date for Exam and Scholarship Registrations - Monday 24th October 2022
  • Entrance Exam Day - Friday 25th November 2022
  • Offers posted before Christmas 2022
  • Scholarship Assessment Days - January 2023 - Please see Scholarships link
  • Closing Date for acceptances - Monday 6th March 2023 - after state school offers

Autumn Entrance Exam Date

We strive to make our admissions process accessible, transparent and kind, and we believe that moving our 11+ Entrance Exam date from January to November will make the experience less stressful for our candidates and their families. The objective of our exam is simply to get an authentic understanding of where each candidate sits academically within their cohort, to be sure that they will thrive with us, and we do not require them to specifically prepare. Furthermore, we feel that removing Notre Dame from the very busy January exam season will help to reduce pressure for girls and their families.  Scholarship assessments will still take place in the January.

7 Twenty-Three - For Current Year 5 Girls

We are excited to introduce our 7 Twenty-Three Programme for girls embarking on our 2023 Year 7 admissions process.

This programme serves as a portal to all you need to know about Notre Dame and the 11+ Admission journey.  Over the course of the admissions round, 7 Twenty-Three will offer a dedicated webpage, information and insight, interactive challenges for girls, and opportunities to sign up for school tours and events including 'Head Space' 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 a welcome pack and a link to your dedicated webpage in the Spring of 2022. If you have register for our 11+ exam, you will automatically be enrolled and we will be in touch with details.

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


10+ Entry in Year 6

We add a third class in Year 6 due to high demand for places and therefore have a large 10+ entry.  If you would like to find out more about 10+ entry in Year 6, please get in touch using our Enquire Now! link.  We always have more applications than places available and an early application is recommended.

2024 Entry and Beyond

If you are looking ahead, for Year 7 entry in 2024 or beyond, 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.

Please click on the 'Open Events' link on the Admissions menu to see the dates of forthcoming events and to pre-register. 

Challenge Day - June 2022

Students on our 7 Twenty-Three Programme will be invited automatically to a 'Challenge Day' in the Summer Term of Year 5.  For 2023 entry, this will take place on Saturday 18th June and an invitation will be sent to enrolled families in Spring 2022. This event is part of the process of girls getting to know us and it is not about us assessing the girls. Challenge Day is very popular and books up quickly, so we advise early booking.

Register for the Exam by the November Deadline

All candidates (INCLUDING those enrolled on 7 Twenty-Three) are required to register for the 11+ Entrance Exam using the form below, which should be returned to the Admissions Office with a non-refundable registration fee of £125 by the closing date of Monday 24th October 2022 for September 2023 entry.


Once registered, you will be enrolled automatically on our 7 Twenty-Three 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 November of Year 6. The Entrance Examination comprises English (Creative Writing and Comprehension), Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning papers 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 papers target levels 4-6 of the National Curriculum, and therefore special preparation is not required. 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 detailed reference from a student's existing school.

Scholarships at 11+

Academic, Art, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships are available at 11+.  Academic Scholarships for 2023 entry are based on performance in the Entrance Examination on 25th November 2022 only.  For other scholarships, candidates are required to submit the additional Scholarship Registration Form by the closing date of Monday 24th October 2022.

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.  Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

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 Monday 24th October 2022.

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.“

Year 7