Junior School Admissions

"We are immensely excited by the host of wonderful opportunities our new Junior building and ‘Hub’ have added to our already thriving Junior School. We pride ourselves in offering a lively, creative environment, well structured but warm and friendly, in which Withington girls flourish and grow into balanced, happy, confident young pupils. Mrs Kathryn Burrows, Head of Juniors


Application Forms can be downloaded here or requested by contacting the School for a paper copy.

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 up to 15 places for Form 1 (Year 4). Additionally, a small number of places are available for Lower II (Year 5) and Upper II (Year 6).

Applications are taken right up to the Wednesday before the assessments but of course the earlier we receive applications, the better it is for us to plan the day. Our first mailing to applicants regarding the entrance assessment day will be sent by post before the end of the Autumn term, so earlier applications will benefit from receiving this information in good time.

We ask parents to inform us, using the confidential information form, of any disability or special educational need which might affect their daughter’s ability to participate in the admissions procedure. The Head of the Junior School will consult with parents about the adjustments which can reasonably be made to ensure that the application procedure is accessible for their daughter and that the Junior School can cater adequately for her should an offer of a place be made.

The following information aims to guide you through every stage of the admissions process to the Junior School. The whole aim of the assessments are to test the girls’ ability to think for themselves. It is not necessary, or even helpful, for the girls to be heavily tutored, as this will not help us to discover their true potential.

Further places do sometimes become available during the year, so please contact our Admissions Officer, Ms Jane Ellis, on admissions@wgs.org or 0161 249 3371 if you are looking for admission outside the more usual times.

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Whole School Open Days

Our Whole School Open Events for 2018 have now taken place. If you do wish to find out about further opportunities to visit the School, please email our Admissions Officer or call 0161 249 3371.

Entry Points

Entry for the Junior school is by an Entrance Assessment taken on Saturday 19th January 2019. Up to forty places are available for Transition (Year 3) and up to 15 places for Form 1 (Year 4). Additionally a small number of places are available for Lower II (Year 5) and Upper II (Year 6). The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16th January, but of course the earlier we receive the application, the better it is for us to plan the day.

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

Entrance Assessment

Before the Assessment

Complete an Application Form and return it to the School Office. Please take care to enter the correct date of birth. We ask that you include a passport-sized photograph, a copy of the information page of your daughter’s passport and her most recent school report. If she has a report in December, please wait and send that one.

There are no sample papers as the English and Mathematics Assessments will be similar to work that the girls usually do at school.

Please do not practise a story; it will not help as the story must be written on the given titles and a prepared essay is most unhelpful to your daughter and to us if we are to understand her potential.

Please be aware that we are looking for girls who will enjoy their education here and will thrive in the Withington environment. It may not be right for every girl.

Why our Junior girls love Withington

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On Assessment Day

We ask that the candidates arrive at the main entrance of the school by 8.50am ready to start at 9.00am and they will be ready to be collected at 12.30pm. Do leave enough time for parking, as it can become congested in the roads around school.

The girls will be welcomed by pupils from Upper II (Year 6). They will be taken to individual classrooms where teachers of the relevant Year will be there to talk to them and make them feel at home. Activities will be available to the girls before the start of the assessments.

Drinks and biscuits are provided during the breaks and the girls will be taken to the toilets by Year 6 helpers.

The morning is as informal as possible and girls may ask questions, although they cannot get help with the answers! We want everyone to feel comfortable and we try to make the atmosphere relaxed. 

The Assessment

  • A short, taught task.
  • English – comprehension, language skills and story.
  • Mathematics – basic numeracy and problem solving.

Please be available to collect your daughter promptly at the time specified on the Assessment Day. Parking is available in various side roads near the School.

After the Assessment

There are no formal interviews for Junior girls; we talk to them and observe them on the Assessment Day. Mrs Kathryn Burrows, Head of the Junior School, or one of the Junior School team will contact parents personally within a few weeks of the Assessment when feedback will be given and discussion held about the next steps in your daughter’s journey at Withington. A reference and/or a recent report will be needed from your daughter’s current school before a formal offer can be made.

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