Entrance Examinations

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The main entry points to Withington are Year 3, Year 4, 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, and conditional offers are based on predicted grades, school references and an interview.

Information for parents interested in 2021 entry

For information about our Open Events please follow this link.

Please refer to our admissions timetable for the detailed information on each entry point,

Entry to the Junior School

The assessments for entry to the Junior School are on Saturday 16th January 2021.

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

Please visit the Junior School Admissions page for further information.

Entry to the Senior School

Our Entrance Examinations for entry into Year 7 (11+) in September 2021 are scheduled to take place on Friday 8th January 2021.

Entry to the Senior School is by examination and interview. Examinations are held in January of each year and those girls who have done well will be invited for interview in the three to four weeks following the examination day.

The Senior School Examinations for entry into Year 7 (Third Form) are for girls aged not less than 10 years 6 months and under the age of 12 years on 31st August in the year of entry. Papers are taken in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.

Places do become available in other Years and interested parents should contact our Admissions Officer, Ms Jane Ellis, on admissions@wgs.org or 0161 249 3371, for further information.

The Entrance Examination (11+)

On the Day

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.

Past Papers

Please follow this link to download English and Mathematics papers from past years. These papers are available without charge. We do not publish past verbal reasoning papers.

We do not penalise wrong answers so girls are encouraged to have a go, even when they are unsure. We are trying to discover how girls think, so even an answer with the wrong conclusion can be informative to us. 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.


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.

Entry into Years 8 to 10

The assessment process for new girls joining Year groups further up the School is slightly different and no sample papers are available. Please contact admissions@wgs.org 0161 249 3371 for further information.



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