Admissions & Applying
Applicants are welcome from all walks of life: we have students who come to us from independent and maintained schools, as well as from abroad.
Invitation to the entrance tests is dependent on a candidate’s performance at one of our pre-selection mornings in the autumn term, along with a reference from her current school. Each candidate is selected on her merits, and offers are made based on the results of both the pre-selection Reasoning test as well as the entrance tests in Mathematics and English in early January.
11+ candidates may be registered from the start of the summer term when they are in Year 5 through to 31 October when they are in Year 6. You may also apply separately for Art, Music or Sports Scholarships, as well as for means-tested James Allen’s Bursaries (for families who would have difficulty paying the fees). Candidates are automatically eligible for our Academic Scholarships, which are dependent on test results and a post-examination scholarship assessment. The non-refundable registration fee is £100 for UK applications and £200 for all overseas applications. Please check the deadlines for individual scholarships and bursary applications.
Once a registration form has been received, candidates are invited to one of our pre-selection assessment mornings in the autumn term. The aim is to seek a clearer view of the potential of our candidates, both on a one-on- one basis and in a group setting, whilst providing the girls with a fun taster day at JAGS and an opportunity to meet fellow applicants. Girls will be divided into small groups to solve puzzles. There will also be a taster lesson and an online test to measure verbal, non- verbal and numerical skills (age-standardised). Mid-morning, there will be a chance to rest and chat with other candidates. More information will be provided on confirmation of your daughter’s registration. It is important that you confirm your daughter’s place at a pre-selection morning by the given date; failure to do so may result in the invitation being offered to another candidate.
Invitations to attend the entrance examination within two week of an applicant attending a pre-selection morning; candidates who have not been successful in securing an invitation will also be informed at this point.
The tests will consist of papers in Mathematics and English; sample papers can be found below. The Mathematics paper is 45 minutes long whilst the English paper is one hour long and is comprised of comprehension and composition exercises, ie reading and writing. Both papers are based on the assumption that candidates have reached at least Level 5 of the National Curriculum in these subjects.
The school must be notified in advance of any learning difficulties, disabilities or circumstances which might affect a candidate’s performance in the examination so that special consideration can be given. If you are applying for extra time please submit an Educational Psychologist’s report, no older than three years, at the time of registration, and tick the relevant box on the registration form. Extra time is given in the pre-selection reasoning test as well as in the entrance examination for Maths and English papers, equivalent to 25% of the duration of each test paper.
Offers of fee-paying places, bursaries and scholarships will be sent out by first class post by Thursday 8 February. Some of these letters may be for places on a waiting list which is kept short. Information about precise positions on the waiting list is not given and we are unable to predict whether or not we are likely to be able to offer from the waiting list. We have around 125 places each year in Year 7.
The school must receive written notice of acceptances of Scholarships and James Allen’s Bursaries by 9.00 am on Monday 5 March 2018 and of all other places by 12 noon on Monday 5 March 2018. If there is any reason why you cannot make a decision by the relevant date, you should let the school know. If no reply has been received by the specified date it will be assumed that you do not wish to accept and the place may be re-offered.
The acceptance deposit of £1000 is payable when parents return the acceptance form to the School. This deposit will be repaid, less any outstanding charges, after the end of the final term. For pupils transferring from JAPS, the deposit will be retained and repaid as above. In this case, there is no separate acceptance deposit payable.
Dependent on numbers, we sometimes have a handful of places available in years 8, 9 and 10. Applications for these places must be submitted by 31 October 2017 and the entrance examination will be on Monday 8 January. Candidates for all year groups sit tests in Mathematics, English and Reasoning (non-verbal, verbal and numerical), Interviews are held in the weeks after the examination for those who do well in the tests.
For entry in September 2018, please contact Mrs Buffy Handslip, Assistant Registrar or telephone 020 8613 6325.
Admission of girls to the Sixth Form is normally dependent on an Entrance Examination, interview and GCSE results. Applications should be made by 31 October in the year preceding possible entry and invitation to the entrance examination is subject to a suitable reference from the applicant's current school. The entrance examination for entry in September 2018 is scheduled to take place on Saturday 18 November this year and comprises of a Critical Thinking test, a Critical Thinking essay and an interview. Offers are made subject to a candidate achieving the required grades at GCSE level. Scholarships are available in Music and Art; candidates choosing these subjects for A level should submit an application form at the time of registration. Art Scholarship application form 16+ Music Scholarship application form
Academic scholarships are also available and are dependent on GCSE results and suitable references. Please see our Sixth Form Prospectus 2017 for further details. In addition to our Registration form, Sixth Form applicants should also complete and submit a Sixth Form Entry Sheet. 100% bursaries are also available. If you have any queries, please call Buffy Handslip on 020 8613 6325.
In addition to our timetabled Activity and Civilisation slots for the lower years, we also have a wide range of extra-curricular activities for the girls to participate in before and after school and during the lunch break. We encourage girls to extend their interests and to discover new ones, to encourage teamwork and develop leadership skills. A selection of our clubs running this year are as follows:
AFFCAD (a charity), History, Amnesty, Hockey, Biochemistry, Holst Choir, Biology Society, House Drama, Cello Ensemble, Indoor Rowing, Chamber Music, Italian Clinic, Chamber Orchestra, Italian Film,
Chemistry SOS, Japanese Taster Club, Chess, Jazz Band, Chorale, Knitting Society, Christian Union, Latin Revision, Clarinet Ensemble, Madrigalists, Coding, Meditation and Relaxation, Climbing, Multilingual Cooking, Community Action, Netball, Concert Orchestra, Octoplus Strings, Cross Country, Philosophy, Cultural Appreciation, Politics, Current Affairs, Psychology, Dance, Recorder Consort, Debating, Religious Studies, Duke of Edinburgh, Russian, Eco-Group, Russian Clinic, Engineering, Senior Classics Society, English, Spanish Bilingual, Eureka - Maths Clinic, Spanish Clinic, Exploring Christianity, Speech & Drama, Extra Aural for Grades 6-8, String Fever, Film, String Orchestra, Flute Ensemble, Swimming, Football, Swing Beans, French Bilingual, Symphonic Wind Orchestra, French Cinema, Symphony Orchestra, Fench Clinic, Symposium, French Cooking, Technology Workshop. Geography, The Ethical Scientist, Gospel Choir, Trampolining, Grade 5 Music Theory, Vex Robotics, Greek Taster Club, Wonderbrass, Hans Woyda and Youth Transport Ambassadors.
Girls are also very welcome to start up new clubs if there is sufficient interest.
In the Sixth Form, in addition to the extra-curricular activities above, girls have the opportunity to mix academically and socially with boys from Dulwich College through our extensive co-educational programme (more details here).