Entry at 11+
We understand that pupils arriving at STAHS for entrance assessment are likely to be nervous and may be sitting papers at a number of schools. With this in mind, we work to make the admissions experience as smooth and straightforward as possible. Assessment Day combines formal testing and a taste of a STAHS school day, with the chance for girls to meet our staff, pupils and other candidates. Pupils sit the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) Common Pre-Test, along with a creative writing task, experience a taster Senior School lesson and take part in educational team activities. Assessment Day is around the length of a normal school day, with break times, lunch and refreshments provided. Some pupils will be able to take the test at their own school if it acts as an invigilation centre for the Common Pre-Test; where this happens, girls will be with us for around half a day for the other elements of Assessment Day.
STAHS is among a number of leading independent schools using the Common Pre-Test to assess applicants. The tests are taken online and consist of multiple-choice tests in Mathematics, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. No special preparation is required for the tests. Results are age-standardised to adjust for the age of the child taking the test.
Practice tests are not available, but examples and practice questions, where relevant, are provided during the tests so that pupils understand what they have to do and a familiarisation test is available that demonstrates the look and feel of the tests. STAHS will be offering two optional 11+ Familiarisation Mornings to help pupils understand what to expect on Assessment Day, take part in a range of activities and get to know the School. Booking opens in the autumn.
Further information for candidates is in our STAHS Assessment Guide here.
Interviews are with senior members of staff. No preparation is required. Interview sessions are a relaxed and enjoyable experience, with pupils taking part in stimulating group activities whilst they are with us. At the same time, parents have the opportunity to meet individually with our Head and Deputy Heads. The meetings are purely for parents’ benefit and form no part of the assessment process for pupils.
To register your child for a place at the Senior School please complete the Registration Form, either electronically using the link below. Your registration is confirmed by paying a non-refundable registration fee of £125. This can be done by bank transfer using the account details on the Registration Form. If you are on a low income and applying for bursary support we may be able to waive the registration fee – please contact us for details.
The admissions process is kept under review and may be adapted according to circumstances at the time.
Admissions timetable for entry to Year 7 (11+), September 2022
|Registration deadline||Friday 19 November 2021|
|Entrance Assessment Familiarisation Session 1||Saturday 2 October 2021|
|Entrance Assessment Familiarisation Session 2||Saturday 13 November 2021|
|11+ Assessment Day||Friday 7 January 2022|
|Interviews||Friday 21 & Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 January 2022|
|Offers made||Friday 11 February 2022|
|Meet us again||Tuesday 22 February 2022|
|Acceptance deadline||Monday 7 March 2022|
|Welcome evening||Wednesday 15 June 2022|