At the heart of The Abbey lies a shared enthusiasm for lifelong learning, an intellectual curiosity and a spirit of discovery that our dedicated teachers encourage at every stage.

We understand the importance and challenges of choosing the best ‘fit’ for your daughter’s education and our Admissions department is on hand to guide you through the process.

Common entry points to the Senior School are Upper III (Year 7), Upper IV (Year 9) and Sixth Form (Year 12). 

How to apply

The first step is to see the School for yourself at one of our Open Events. A visit to The Abbey is the best way for prospective parents and their daughters to get a feel for life at The School. Find out more on our Visit us page or contact the Admissions Team.

To make an application for your daughter's entry to the School, please complete our online registration form. Registrations are welcomed until Monday 10 December 2018 for the entrance test on Saturday 12 January 2019. Please note, a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100 is payable.

Every Year 6 girl who is registered to sit the entrance test will be invited to attend an Abbey Experience Day in the Autumn Term. This gives the girls a real opportunity to sample lessons and life at the School. During the day your daughter will have an informal interview to allow us to better understand her interests and ideas. She will experience life as an Abbey girl, make new friends and start to get to know teachers.

Please note that, if registration is received after September, it is likely that there will not be an opportunity for your daughter to attend an Abbey Experience Day.

For entry into Upper IV (Year 9) and other years ad-hoc experience days may be arranged with Admissions. 

The annual entrance test will be in January and the girls will sit papers in Mathematics, English and Reasoning. Information about Scholarship assessment can be found on our Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Once you receive the offer of a place for your daughter you will need to send back the Form of Acceptance and a non-refundable £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 keep you up to date with details about familiarisation events for both you and your daughter and information to help you prepare for her first day. 

Deferred entry to Year 9

Girls at Prep Schools that extend to Year 7 and 8 are invited to sit the entrance test for Year 6 pupils at the same time as all those applying for Upper III (Year 7) entry. Offers of places made at that time for deferred entry to Upper IV (Year 9) are at the discretion of the Head and subject to the formality of a girl's school confirming her continued positive progress. Over the two years, girls will be invited to keep in touch and to get to know their future classmates through visits and news.