Skip to content ↓

Manchester High School for Girls

Preparatory Admissions 

girls playing outside

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 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.

Applicants for admission at age five plus are 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 - Tuesday 12 January 2021

Applications may be considered later in the year, subject to the availability of places. 

There is an additional open event for the Preparatory Department on Thursday 25th March, 9:30am - 11:30am. For further information and to register, please visit

The results of these assessments and the offer of places are posted to parents within two weeks of the assessment date.

Junior Department

Key Stage 2

Girls applying into Key Stage 2 are 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 - Tuesday 12th January 2021  subject to places being available.

Completed registration forms should be returned in time to reach the School no later than Wednesday 16th December 2020.

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

Need to ask a question?