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Manchester High School for Girls

Senior School Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

The Open Event season at Manchester High School for Girls is now reaching its conclusion, so our prospective pupils and their families will be starting to think about our admissions process and the Entrance Assessment Day.

To help them along, we asked our admissions team to answer some frequently asked questions.

When is the deadline for applications?
The deadline is Wednesday 18th December. If you are making an application for a bursary place, then we will need your application by Monday 16th December.

Am I guaranteed a place?
No. All applicants sit our Entrance Examination and have an interview. If you have performed well in both, then we will make an offer.

When is the Entrance Examination?
Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Why does my friend have her exam at a different time to me?
In order to ease congestion we have two different sessions, each with a different start and end time. It’s highly likely that other people from your school will be in a different session, so don’t worry about this!

How long will the Entrance Exam last for?
The day usually looks something a bit like this. The Entrance Exam is split up into five parts so that girls can have a rest in between each section.

English Comprehension - 40 minutes
English Composition - 30 minutes
Verbal Reasoning - 50 minutes
Mathematics - 40 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning - 30 minutes
Fun Group Activity 

Will I take the exam in a room on their own?
No, there will be about 24 students in each room.

What do I need to bring with me?
Girls will need to bring with them: two pencils, an eraser, a protractor and a cartridge pen or ball point pen. Ink will not be provided by the School and bottles of ink and blotting paper should not be brought to the examination. The use of a calculator is not permitted.  

Can I practice for the Entrance Examination?
When we receive your application form we will send you a set of sample questions, will give you an idea of what to expect on the day. It would be helpful if your parents can time you whilst practising these questions at home. There is also some past papers on the Manchester High website.

What happens after the Entrance Examination?
If you do well enough in the examination you will be invited, by letter, to attend an interview and further assessments. The interview will last for approximately 20 minutes. It will include an individual conversation with a senior member of staff and an activity to test your thinking skills. Newspapers, school literature and refreshments will be available for waiting parents.

If you have any further questions about our admissions process, the Registrar, Mrs Paula Percival will be happy to help you. Please contact her at or on 0161 224 0447.