Entry Requirements

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11+ Entry:

11+ examination: St James is a member of the London 11+ Consortium. Please click on the following link for further information on the London 11+ Consortium, their Code of Practice and Privacy Policy.

Around half our Year 7 pupils have transferred directly to us from our on-site Prep School. The option of taking up a place at the Senior Girls’ School is discussed with parents of St James Prep girls in Year 4 and above. Many of these parents have told us that this has given them peace of mind. To find out more about joining the Prep School, please contact admissions@stjamesprep.org.uk.

Applicants for other year groups will be required to sit the Atom online test in English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning.

16+ Entry for Sixth Form:

5 good GCSE passes are the minimum requirement. It is necessary to have attained a 7/6 grade at GCSE (or equivalent) in the subjects which a student wishes to study at A Level. The attainment requirements for each subject are detailed in the Sixth Form Prospectus. Applicants are required to submit GCSE predicted grades and state which subjects they would like to study at A Level. Applicants also need to submit a personal statement and a completed reference form with their registration documentation.

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. We can facilitate the admission process online. 

Our schools are a Sponsor for UK Visa and Immigration, and are licensed to support CAS for Child Student Visas. 

Please contact the Registrar for further information on availability of places and procedures. 


St James is committed to the policy of admitting any pupil who is willing and able to make good use of the education we can offer, subject to attaining the required standards in tests, interview and reports. We do not select candidates solely for the academic results they can achieve. This policy is subject to the physical and emotional needs of the pupil being within the present scope of the school. Equally, a pupil would not be admitted to the school if her presence were likely to impair the education of other pupils.

The school must feel reasonably sure that it will be able to educate and develop the prospective pupil to the best of her potential and in line with the general standards achieved by the pupil’s peers. This is to ensure that the pupil has every chance to have a complete, happy and successful school career and emerge a confident, well-educated and well-rounded adult with a good prospect of a satisfying life. These criteria must continue to be met throughout the pupil’s time at school.

Our policy is to apply these criteria to all pupils and potential pupils regardless of any known disability. The school will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that any disabled pupil is not put at a substantial disadvantage compared to any able-bodied pupil. It should be noted that if additional services need to be provided, such as tuition, the cost of these may be passed on to the parents.

Prospective parents should provide details of any special educational or medical needs at the time of application. In assessing any pupil or prospective pupil the school may take such advice and require such assessments as it regards appropriate. Subject to this, the school will be sensitive to any requests for confidentiality.