Visit

Admissions

We are delighted that you are considering St James Senior Girls’ School for your daughter and invite you to read our 5-step admissions process here.

Patricia Snowdon | Registrar

In this section, you will find all the information regarding our Admissions Process and requirements for all entry points.


Our Year 7 Admissions Process – 2025 Entry

  • Attend an Open Event or book an individual tour
  • Complete the registration form to apply for your place (by Friday 8 November)
  • Exam Day (Tuesday 3 December
  • Interview Day (Saturday 23 November or Saturday 18 January)
  • Offers (Friday 14 February) and acceptances (by Thursday 6 March)

Join St James!


Our Year 12 Admissions Process – 2025 Entry

  • Attend an Open Event or book an individual tour
  • Complete the registration form and the Sixth Form application form (by Monday 4 November)
  • Interview Day (Monday 4 November to Friday 29 November)
  • Conditional offers sent (Monday 2 December)
  • Acceptances (by Wednesday 8 January)

Join St James!


1 Open Events

Families are encouraged to visit the school before making an application.

Meeting our pupils and staff is the best way to get a feel for the school. You will see the community which makes St James Senior Girls’ School so unique, and such a popular choice for parents who want their children to be their best and love learning.

Open Events and individual tours are held throughout the year. Prospective pupils and parents of all entry points are welcome to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you to St James Senior Girls’ School!

Book your visit here

Next Open Events

Saturday 21 September – Annual Open Day

Session 1: 9.00am – 10.45am
Session 2: 11.00am – 12.45pm


Thursday 3 October – Sixth Form Open Evening (from 5.30pm)

2 Registration

Deadlines for registration (2025 Entry):

Friday 8 November for Year 7 Applicants

Monday 4 November for Year 12 Applicants

To register your child for any year group at St James, you will need to:

  • complete our online registration form
  • pay a non-refundable fee of £125 (£150 from September 2024) per child registered
  • upload the required documentation, ie passport, last school report and a digital photograph

Account Details

Lloyds Bank
Account number: 00706632
Sort code: 30-97-86

Please use your daughter’s name as the payment reference and include the initials SG.


Register Here

3 Examination Process

Exam

  • 11+ (Year 7 applicants)

We are part of the London 11+ Consortium which operates one exam across several West London independent schools for Year 7 applicants.

The assessment includes cognitive reasoning, English comprehension, mathematics and some creative new components to assess problem-solving and synthesis skills. It can be taken at any of the schools which are part of the Consortium.

Familiarisation materials are available on the 11+ Consortium website and we recommend all candidates to look at these before taking the assessment. Please visit the 11+ Consortium website for further information.

11+ Consortium Exam Day at St James: Tuesday 3 December (other dates available in other Consortium schools)

  • Other entry points

Applicants for other year groups will be required to sit the Atom online test in English, mathematics, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. More information on this can be found at atomlearning.com.

External Sixth Form applicants may also be asked to sit further examination if considered necessary.


Interview

An interview will be arranged for your daughter either before or after the exam. On this occasion, parents will be invited to meet the Head or a senior member of staff. This interview is as much an opportunity to discuss your child’s individual strengths and needs, as a chance to ask any questions you may have about life at St James, or more broadly about life at an independent school.

Interview Days: Saturday 23 November 2024 or Saturday 18 January 2025


School Reference

Please note that we will contact your daughter’s most recent school to request a confidential report.

4 Offer

Year 7 Application Results: Friday 14 February 2025

Acceptance Deadline: Thursday 6 March 2025

Year 12 Conditional Offers: Monday 2 December 2024

Acceptance Deadline: Wednesday 8 January 2025


For the Sixth Form, all offers are conditional upon the required GCSE grades for each A Level subject.


For other year groups, notification as to whether we can offer your daughter a place at St James will be sent to you as soon as possible after the examination and interview.

5 Acceptance Deposit

Once a place is offered, an acceptance deposit payment must be paid to secure the place.

The deposit is half a term’s fee (a whole term’s fee for non-UK residents) and is returned when your daughter leaves the school.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for further information.

Entry Requirements

Year 7 (11+) Entry

At St James, we aim to make admissions as smooth as possible, and pupils from our Prep School can choose to move seamlessly through to the Senior Girls’ School at Year 7.

Around half our Year 7 pupils comprise girls from our Prep School and we admit a further 25-30 pupils into Year 7, with an average year group size of 48.

Year 12 (16+) Entry

While applications for September 2024 entry are now closed, a small number of places remain in some A Level option subjects. Please do contact Admissions if you wish to discuss late enquiry options for 2024.

Sixth Form Registration and Application Deadline (2025 Entry): Monday 4 November.

We encourage early applications to secure preferred subject combinations.

Complete the Sixth Form Application Form

For admission to Sixth Form, applicants will need to demonstrate they are ready for the demands of A Level learning.

We therefore typically expect pupils to have achieved at least six strong passes at GCSE. In addition, for many A Level choices, a Grade 7 or equivalent at GCSE is expected. More information is available in our Sixth Form Curriculum Guide. 

Please note applicants are required to submit a personal statement with their registration documentation. A reference will also be requested from their current school.

Occasional places for other year groups

Entry to other year groups depends on places becoming available during the academic year.

Please contact Admissions to check availability.

International Applicants

We invite applications from overseas and our international pupils are warmly welcomed to St James. We would ideally like you to visit St James for yourself to see all that is on offer but understand that this is not always possible. Therefore, we can facilitate the admission process online.

Our schools are a Sponsor for UK Visa and Immigration and are licensed to support a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for Child Student Visas.

Please contact Admissions for further information on availability and procedures.

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Where next?