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Manchester High School for Girls

Senior School Entrance Examination FAQ

The 2018 Manchester High School for Girls Senior School entrance examination date will be held on Tuesday 16 January.

What time will the entrance examination take place? 

In order to ease congestion we have two different sessions, each with a different start and end time. When we receive an application for a place at Manchester High School for Girls we shall inform applicants, by letter, which session they will be attending.

What will happen when we arrive at Manchester High? 

Girls should be taken to the main school entrance on Grangethorpe Road. When candidates arrive they will be registered by a member of staff and then our Sixth Formers will look after them. Every effort will be made to make the girls feel welcome. Sixth Formers will take them to a classroom for the examination, which will be led by a member of the teaching staff, and they will bring the girls back to their parents at the end of the day. 

How long will the entrance examination last for? 

The examination and day are split into different sections as follows:

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

Do students take the entrance examination in a room on their own? 

No, girls will sit the examination in a classroom with around 24 other students. 

What should students bring with them to the entrance examination? 

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.  

Will the girls be given lunch? 

Yes, a light lunch will be provided during the course of the day. The food will be vegetarian, but if an individual has any other special dietary requirements she may bring a packed lunch with her. 

Can students practice for the entrance examination? 

When we receive an application form we will send you a set of sample questions, rather than asking you to purchase past papers, which will give you an idea of what to expect on the day. It would be helpful if students could be timed whilst practising these questions at home. You can also find a set of sample Maths and English papers here.

What happens if a candidate is ill on the day of the entrance examination? 

If a candidate is not well on the day she should not come to the School. There will be a supplementary entrance examination for those who are prevented by illness from attending at the original time, provided that their absence is supported by a medical certificate. If a candidate is ill on the 16 January 2018 please inform us as early as possible on the morning of the entrance examination by calling 0161 224 0447. 

Is there anything else which parents/girls should know? 

Each candidate is given an examination number which she must write on her examination papers, instead of her name. A label with this number on will be sent to all candidates who have applied to sit the entrance examination in early January and on the day of the examination girls should wear the label pinned securely to the front of their clothes (not on their coat). 

What happens after the entrance examination? 

If a candidate does well enough in the examination she 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 her thinking skills. Newspapers, school literature and refreshments will be available for waiting parents.  

When will we know if a child has been offered a place at Manchester High?

Manchester High School for Girls is a member of the Greater Manchester Consortium of Schools and as such follows the agreed consortium timetable for 11+ applicants:

Offers of 11+ places will be posted on Monday 26 February 2018 and replies to offers are required no later than 12 noon Wednesday 7 March 2018. If the offer includes a bursary or scholarship award, a reply is needed by 12 noon Monday 5 March 2018. 

Greater Manchester Consortium of Schools: Alderley Edge School for Girls, Bolton School, Bury Grammar School, Cheadle Hulme School, King’s School, Manchester High School, St Bede's, Stockport Grammar School, Withington Girls' School.