Festival of Inquiry

Please click through to our Virtual Events page - and register your interest for our ‘Festival of Inquiry’ - a celebration of online learning for those with curious, inquisitive and inquiring minds. There will be a daily selection of tasks and challenges - ranging from ‘Shark Attack in Science’ to ‘The Great Fire of London Art creation’.

Festival of Inquiry - 23-27 November (for ages 6-11 years old)

Winter Wonder Week - 30 November - 4 December (for ages 3-5 years old)

11+ and 13+ entry

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. It is possible to arrange individual visits, though these are carefully regulated due to the present situation and take place outside school hours. Please discuss with our Admissions Team if interested. To find out more Visit us

To make an application for your daughter's entry to the School, please complete our online registration form. Registrations are welcomed until Monday 14 December 2020 for the Entrance Examination on Saturday 9 January 2021. Please note, a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100 is payable.

Year 6 girls who are registered to sit the Entrance Examination will be invited to attend an Abbey Interview Day in the Autumn Term. This gives the girls a real opportunity to sample life at The Abbey. During the half day, your daughter will participate in a workshop and an activity session as well as a short informal interview in order to gain a better understanding of her interests and ideas. Lunch will be included. Your daughter will experience life as an Abbey girl, make new friends and start to get to know her teachers.

In current circumstances we are adapting these arrangements. Our intention is to offer a selection of online workshops to give applicants a flavour of the kind of learning we provide, as well as short informal interviews for small groups online. Final details will be confirmed shortly.

For Year 8 and Year 9 applicants, we hold short informal interviews as well as the Entrance Examination. Again, final details will be confirmed shortly.

The annual Entrance Examination will be held on Saturday 9 January 2021 and the girls will sit papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning.

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 £1,000 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 Examination 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.