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, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
In 2021, the assessment will take place via remote access and will focus on Composition, Comprehension and Mathematics.
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 assessment will be invited to attend an online 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 assessment.
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 assessments. Each candidate may also be asked to share something of interest 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.
Due to the national lockdown, the Entrance Assessment for entry into the Senior School in September 2021 will be by remote access on Tuesday 12th January 2021.
This year our comprehension, composition (writing) and maths examination papers will be replaced by a remote assessment, via a video call, with a member of our teaching staff. For further information, please visit our Senior School Entrance Assessment FAQ page.
Further details about procedures on the day of the assessment and on interview days, and details about notification of results, will be sent to applicants. A supplementary assessment will be held on one of our alternative days for any candidate who is unable to attend on the 12th January.
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.