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Manchester High School for Girls

Preparatory Admissions 

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Equality Policy

The School operates an equality policy and all girls are considered on merit.

The School welcomes girls from age four. However, there are opportunities to join the Preparatory Department in all other year groups, subject to places being available. Please contact the Registrar for further information or enquire online.

Infant Department

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

infant children outsideThe Reception year is the start of the exciting journey into school life. Each Reception class has a full time class teacher and a classroom assistant to ensure the girls receive plenty of care and support. Classrooms are well resourced and have access to an outdoor area.

Girls are encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through adult led and child instigated activities, with a strong emphasis on active learning and investigation. Our aim is to give girls the best possible start to enable them to become confident, happy learners.

A systematic phonic based approach to reading and writing is introduced within the first week at school.

For entry into the Reception class at age four plus, girls are normally invited into school for an assessment, during which they work on a one to one basis with a teacher, as well as socialising in small groups with girls of a similar age. In this informal and friendly atmosphere, they take part in a series of activities and tasks, which establish whether they would settle happily into our school environment.

Likewise, applicants for admission at age five plus are usually invited to visit the School and join their peers during lessons, as well as spending time individually with the teacher. The girls are expected to read to the teacher and their ability in English and Mathematics is assessed. A school report is requested from the Head Teacher of the applicant’s present school.

Assessment for Reception class - We are currently in the process of assessing children remotely. If you would like your child to be considered for entry in September 2021, please contact Admissions

Applications may be considered later in the year, subject to the availability of places. The results of these assessments and the offer of places are posted to parents within two weeks of the assessment date.

Our next Preparatory Department Open Events will take place on Saturday 8th May and Saturday 22nd May, when we hope to invite families into School. In order to run the events safely, booking is essential. Please contact our Admissions team for further information on 0161 224 0447 or register your interest.

Junior Department

Key Stage 2

Girls applying into Key Stage 2 are normally required to sit an entrance test. Applicants are tested in Mathematics and English and there are problem solving and cognitive ability tests. Papers set in previous examinations are not published, as the form may vary from year to year. Guidelines indicating the kind of work applicants are expected to be familiar with is sent to parents on receipt of a completed registration form. A school report is requested from the Head Teacher of the applicant’s present school.

prep children in classroomThe results of the Junior entrance test and the offer of places are posted to parents within two weeks.

The Entrance Examination for Key Stage 2 -

This year assessments will be taking place remotely with a member of our Preparatory Department teaching staff.  The arrangements we have put in place will allow us to offer a personalised and friendly approach and a high level of interaction between pupils and teachers. It will be a positive and lively experience, designed to give girls the chance to show their abilities and potential to learn. 

The assessment will last for two hours (including a short break) and will include:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Comprehension task  
  • Writing task
  • Maths task

In addition to the entrance assessment in January, there is the opportunity for assessment to join the Preparatory Department at any stage in the school year, subject to availability. For further information, or to book, please contact Admissions or enter your details here.

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