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Manchester High School for Girls

Senior School Admissions

Entry at 11 plus

Manchester High School for Girls is an academically selective school and, as such, sets its own entrance examination. Applicants for entry into Year 7 are normally examined in Mathematics, Essay Writing, Comprehension and Reasoning. 

Applicants to the Senior School (candidates aged between 10 years 6 months and 11 years 11 months on 31 August of the year of entry) who do well enough in the initial written examination will be invited to attend for interview. Not all those interviewed, however, will be offered a place. At the interview stage we are looking for potential, a wide range of interests and a match between the ability of the child and her performance in the entrance examination.

Girls may be asked to read aloud at the interview, and they may also be given the chance to exhibit their potential through different activities from those set in the initial examinations. Each candidate will also be asked to bring something of interest with her to talk about with her interviewer.

A school reference is requested from the Head Teacher of the applicant’s present school. 

Manchester High School for Girls is part of the Greater Manchester Consortium of Independent Schools, and offers of places are made in line with the agreed dates of the Consortium. Examination results are not made available to individuals.



At age 11 plus scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance assessment and, in the case of music scholarships, and sports/dance scholarships, the individual’s performance at audition, or assessment. Only a very small number of Bursaries are awarded each year. The decision to award a Bursary is based upon meeting the financial criteria and performing exceptionally well in the entrance assessment.

Entrance Assessment

The Entrance Examination for entry into the Senior School in September 2022 - Tuesday 11 January 2022.

Papers set in previous years are not published, as the format may vary from year to year. However, sample questions are available to download. Guidelines to indicate their general nature and the kind of work with which students are expected to be familiar will be sent to all candidates on receipt of a completed registration form.

Every effort is made to make the candidate feel relaxed and we try to make the day as varied and as interesting as possible.

Further details about procedures on the day of the examination and on interview days, and details about notification of results, will be sent to applicants. A supplementary examination will be held for any candidate who is prevented by illness from attending, providing that a medical certificate is supplied to the School in support of her absence.

Occasional Vacancies

Occasional vacancies occur from time to time as families move out of the area. Applicants for occasional vacancies in Years 7 to 10 will be tested in Mathematics, English and a Modern Foreign Language. They will be asked to bring their Science exercise books with them to the assessment, as they will be interviewed by a specialist teacher in Science. The results of occasional vacancy assessments and offers of places are posted to parents within one week of the assessment date.

Only in exceptional circumstances will an application for entry part way through the GCSE course be considered.



For further information, contact the Registrar on 0161 224 0447
or email