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.
Each candidate is selected on her merits, and offers are made based on the results of the entrance tests in Mathematics and English in early January. 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.
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. At the time of registration, you may also apply 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.
Online registration forms will be available from 16 April 2017.
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 on Saturday 14 January will be sent out before Christmas; candidates who have not been successful in securing an invitation will also be informed at this point.
Please appreciate that we have limited capacity during a school week and prefer that our candidates sit the main entrance examination on the Saturday. Rest assured, however, that when making offers we show no prejudice towards those who sit our supplementary test rather than our main. Please note that once you have opted for the supplementary date, you will be unable to switch back to the main entrance examination on the Saturday.
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 on Thursday 9 February. The letters should be with you by Saturday 11 February. Some of these letters may be for places on a waiting list. 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 Friday 10 March 2017 and of all other places by 12 noon on Friday 10 March 2017. 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 2016 and the entrance examination will be on Saturday 14 January. Candidates for all year groups sit tests in Mathematics, English and Reasoning (non-verbal, verbal and numerical), 13+ and 14+ candidates sit an additional Modern Foreign Language paper of 30 minutes (if they have a second language). 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.
Admission of girls to the Sixth Form is normally dependent on an Entrance Examination, GCSE results, school reference and an interview. Applications should be made by 31 October in the year preceding possible entry. The entrance examination for entry in September 2017 is scheduled to take place on Saturday 12 November this year and the papers sat are determined by the subjects a candidate wishes to take at A 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 Music Scholarship application form
Academic scholarships are also available and are dependent on GCSE results. Please see our Sixth Form prospectus for further details. In addition to our Registration form, Sixth Form applicants should also complete and submit a Sixth Form Entry Sheet.
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.