Admissions - Withington Girls' School

As a leading Independent Day School with an outstanding record of academic success our admissions process and entrance criteria ensure that places are offered to girls who will be able to take full advantage of the educational experience we can offer.

The Senior School

All girls wishing to enter the Senior School are required to sit an Entrance Examination which, for the majority of pupils, is taken in January for entry into Year 7 the following September. Papers are taken in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.

The School receives a number of enquiries throughout the year from parents who are relocating to Manchester or who, for other reasons, wish their daughter(s) to be assessed for a place in the Senior School.  If you are thinking about a Withington education for your daughter for entry to the Senior School outside the usual entry points please contact our Admissions Officer, Ms Jane Ellis, on admissions@wgs.org or 0161 249 3371, for further information.

The Junior School

Assessments for entry into the Junior School are held on a Saturday following the Senior School Entrance Examination in January of each year.  English, Mathematics and Reading are assessed and pupils complete a short, taught task.  Prospective pupils spend half a day at Withington to carry out the assessment and to obtain a feel of the School.

The School receives a number of enquiries throughout the year from parents who are relocating to Manchester or who, for other reasons, wish their daughter(s) to be assessed for a place in the Junior School.

Entry for the Junior School is by an Entrance Assessment, ready for admission in the following September. Up to 40 places are available for Transition (Year 3) and 15 places for Form 1 (Year 4). Additionally, a small number of places may be available for Lower II (Year 5) and Upper II (Year 6).).

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

Sixth Form Entry We welcome new entrants to Withington at Sixth Form level. The requirement for girls wishing to enter the Sixth Form from another school is a minimum of six 7-9 grades at GCSE, with 8-9 grades in the subjects you wish to study. Places are offered following reports from your present school and interviews with the Headmistress and other senior staff members.

Application Forms

Applications for entry in September 2021 will be accepted from 1st August 2020, at which time application forms will be available on the School website or on request from the Admissions department. The deadline for applications for Year 7 in 2021 is Thursday 3rd December 2020. The deadline for applications to sit the Junior Entrance Assessment in January is Thursday 10th December 2020. Those interested in applying for Sixth Form in September 2021 should contact our Admissions Officer on admissions@wgs.org

Open Days and Visits

For details of Open Days and Visits, click here.

Entrance Examinations

Further details about the Entrance Examination can be found here.

Bursaries

The School offers a number of means-tested bursaries on entry for pupils joining Years 5 and 6 in the Junior School, Year 7 in the Senior School and Year 12 in Sixth Form.

Admissions Enquiries

All admissions enquiries should be directed to our Admissions Officer, Ms Jane Ellis, on admissions@wgs.org or 0161 249 3371

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