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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

Although our school site is largely closed at present due to COVID-19, our Admissions Office remains open and ready to help you will 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 Admissions - Key Dates

  • Year 6 Challenge Day 2020 for 2021 entry - afternoon of Saturday 26th September 2020
  • OPEN MORNINGS - Please see Open Events link for dates and to register to attend an event
  • Closing date for Exam and Scholarship Registrations - Wednesday 11th November 2020
  • Entrance Test Day - Tuesday 5th January 2021
  • Scholarship Assessment Days - Please see Scholarships link

Visitors Most Welcome

Your first step on the admissions journey is 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 to the left to see the dates of forthcoming events and to pre-register.

Following attendance at one of our Open Events, some families like to arrange an individual meeting and tour with our Senior School Headmistress, Mrs King, who is always delighted to welcome prospective families.  We also hold a number of 'Meet The Head' events through out the year.  Please contact our Admissions Manager for more information.

Challenge Day - September of Year 6

Students who have an interest in Year 7 are invited to a 'Challenge Day' in the September of Year 6 - for 2021 entry this will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 26th September 2020.   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.  

Challenge Day bookings can be made by emailing with your daughter's name, date of birth, address and current school.  Please do book early as spaces at this very popular event are limited.

Register by the November Deadline

All prospective students are required to register with the school 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, we endeavour to give you as much insight into our school as possible to help with the decision making process.  You will be invited to school events such as concerts and fairs and you will have access to our weekly newsletter to give you a regular insight into school life.

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 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.“

Interviews with Year 7 and 6th Form