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. To find out more; Visit us 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 Examination on Saturday 12 January 2019. 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.

For entry into Year 9 and other years, informal interviews may be arranged with the Admissions team.

The annual Entrance Examination will be held on Saturday 12 January 2019 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.