Entrance Examinations

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The main entry points to Withington are Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 12 with some availability of spaces in other Years.

General Information about Entry to the School

Entry to the Senior School is by examination and interview. For the Junior School, there is an entrance assessment – prospective Junior pupils are not interviewed.  For Sixth Form entry, girls are required to gain a minimum of six 7-9 grades at GCSE , with 8-9 grades in the subjects they wish to study.

Entrance Examination Dates

Junior School Entrance Assessments – Saturday 20 January 2018

Senior School Entrance Examination for entry in September 2018 – this has now taken place.

After the Senior Entrance Examination

Following the Examinations, we interview a large proportion of applicants. Girls not being invited for interview and therefore to whom we would definitely not be able to offer a place, are notified by post within two weeks of the Examinations.

Interviews take the form of an informal chat with the Headmistress and one other senior member of staff. Your daughter may be asked about her responses in the examination papers or she may be asked more general questions about her interests, things she enjoys at school or any other relevant topics. There is no particular ‘type’ of girl we are looking for here, and certainly there are no ‘correct’ answers to most of the interview questions; the qualities we hope to see are a genuine enthusiasm for learning, a curiosity about the world and an ability to think about issues in depth. These qualities may display themselves in many different ways. At the end of the interview, parents are invited to join the conversation. This is not part of the selection procedure but an opportunity to ask any unanswered questions.

The timetable for interviews is from Monday 22nd January until Friday 9th February.

The results for all Greater Manchester Consortium Schools are posted on the same day, allowing parents and candidates who have taken other entrance examinations to make an informed choice about the school that would suit them best. Monday 26th February is the agreed date for letters to be posted, first class, to all the candidates who have been interviewed. In addition, parents will be emailed on Tuesday 27th February soon after 9.00am.

The letter will:

*contain an offer of a place, or
*contain an offer of a place on the reserve list, or
*indicate that we are unable to offer a place.

The date for parents to accept or reject any offer is also one agreed by the Greater Manchester Consortium Schools.

  • The deadline for responses to offers with bursary assistance is Monday 5th March at 12 noon.
  • The deadline for response to all other offers is Wednesday 7th March at 12 noon.

If at any stage you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Louise Jefferies, on 0161 249 3371 or jefferiesl@wgs.org

Entry to the Junior School

Places in the Junior School become available each year as follows:

Up to twenty places are available for Transition (Year 3), Form I (Year 4) and Lower II (Year 5). Additionally, a small number of places are available for Upper II (Year 6).

Places do occasionally become available outside the conventional entry points; please contact our Admissions Officer to enquire.

On Entrance Assessment Day, pupils may sit the relevant tests for entry into any of the four Forms mentioned above.

Please visit  the Junior School Admissions page for further information.

The Senior School 11+ Examinations

Girls sit the examinations in classrooms, in groups of 25, which we hope is less daunting than a large hall.

The girls are shown to the rooms in which they are to take the examinations by pupils in the current Year 7 and there are puzzles and activities to do if any waiting is involved. The teachers who invigilate the examinations deal with any questions or problems. There is a short break between each paper and in the middle of the morning refreshments are served.

The process takes about 4 1/2 hours in total, including breaks.

The current pattern of the morning is:

 English Comprehension:  45 minutes
 English Essay:  35 minutes
 Short Break  (Refreshments are provided)
 Mathematics Paper 1:  30 minutes
 Mathematics Paper 2:  40 minutes
 Short Break  (Refreshments are provided)
 Verbal Reasoning test  50 minutes

A list of the simple equipment needed will be sent to you with Registration details. Sample papers can be obtained from the School by emailing  admissions@wgs.org . The papers are set and marked with the aim of discovering potential, not merely what has been taught.

We do not penalise wrong answers so girls are encouraged to have a go, even when they are unsure. We try to make sure the girls are as relaxed as possible on the day and we hope they will enjoy the challenge and the experience.




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