Most girls join the Senior School at aged 11 into Upper III (Year 7). Approximately half the year group comes from The Abbey Junior School (whose pupils all sit the entrance examination) and the other half from a wide variety of schools throughout Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire.
Each Autumn, we hold our annual showcase Open Evening which provides a wonderful opportunity for you and your daughter to visit The Abbey and get a feel for what is on offer. Current pupils will act as your guides around the School and you will be able to ask questions of the subject specialists and form tutors. The Head gives a talk and there are music, sport and drama displays by girls and interactive activities in most departments for your daughter to enjoy, ensuring that it is both an informative and fun evening.
There are also open mornings at the Senior School in both the Autumn and Summer terms when you and your daughter may visit during a 'typical' working day. This provides a valuable insight into the School and will give you a very good appreciation of the lively atmosphere.
Additionally, families are welcome to contact Admissions to schedule private visits to view the School individually on a guided tour. These take place throughout the academic year.
To have your daughter considered for entry to the School, please complete our online registration form and pay the non-refundable fee. We will accept registrations until Friday 30th December 2016 for the entrance examination on Saturday 7th January 2017. However, please note that, if your daughter's registration is received after Monday 31st October 2016, there will not be an opportunity for her to attend an experience day at The Abbey.
In November, every Year 6 girl who is registered to sit the entrance tests to The Abbey School will be invited to attend an Abbey Experience day. This give the girls a real opportunity to sample lessons and life at the school. There will also be an informal interview with a member of staff during the day to allow us to build up a picture of the 'whole girl'.
Parents will receive letters inviting their daughters to attend the Experience when they receive a pack of information with the exam and scholarship information in the Autumn term.
The main annual entrance examination will be in January and the girls sit a paper in Mathematics, English and Reasoning respectively. The top performing candidates will be awarded Academic Scholarships.
Once you receive the offer of a place you will need to send back the Form of Acceptance and a £1000 deposit (£500 of this is kept for the duration of your daughter's time at The Abbey, and £500 is deducted from the first term's fee invoice). We will then be in touch with information about familiarisation events for both you and your daughter and information to help you prepare for her first day at The Abbey.
Girls at Prep Schools that provide the opportunity for them to stay for Years 7 and 8 may sit the entrance exams for Year 6 pupils at the same time as all those applying for Year 7 entry. Offers of places made at that time for entry to Year 9 are subject to the formality of a girl's school confirming her continued positive progress. Girls should still take Common Entrance for setting and streaming purposes on entry to The Abbey in Year 9. In the extended period prior to entry girls will be invited to The Abbey on a number of occasions, to get to know the school, the teachers and the girls they will be joining in Year 9.