First Year

​In most years, up to 110 (five classes) boys and girls will join the College at age 11. About a quarter of these children will come from maintained primary schools, a further quarter from 11+ preparatory schools and approximately half from the College’s Junior School. A large number of schools feed into the College.

Process for application

Families are encouraged to have their first introduction to the College by attending one of the Open Mornings in March or September. Open Mornings offer prospective families an informal visit to the College where extensive tours with Sixth Formers are offered along with a chance to talk to staff. The Headmistress makes an address to families at regular intervals throughout the morning. Parents are also welcome to arrange an appointment with Mrs Rachel Owens, the Headmistress of the College, usually after a family have attended an Open Morning. A short tour with younger students can also be arranged at this time. 

When parents feel that St George’s is a strongly possible choice for their son or daughter, they are encouraged to register. Registration must take place before 30 November of the year preceding entry.

Selection criteria

The following criteria are used to determine entry:

  • The family are sympathetic to the Christian, Catholic, Josephite ethos of St George’s.
  • Performance in the College’s entrance examination.
  • A positive reference received from the present school.
  • The family have shown an interest in sending their son or daughter to the College as demonstrated by attending an Open Morning, etc.
  • The presence of a sibling already in the College or previous family connections.
  • The candidate is a pupil of the Junior School.


Boys and girls must be under 12 years of age on 1 September of the year of entry.

Entrance examination

The entrance examination takes place in January before entry in September of that year. The date is organised in consultation with other major independent schools. Girls and boys come to the College for a whole day.

We do try to make this as enjoyable as possible!

We have recently reviewed our entrance examination. Four areas will be assessed:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • A Mathematics paper
  • An English paper (assessing extended writing, comprehension and technical skills)

The Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning will be tested online using CEM Select Evaluate Abilities assessment devised by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at the University of Durham and details of a familiarisation website will be made available to families in advance of the test date; CEM’s parental guidance can be found on the Downloads section of the Admissions webpage. They are very similar to traditional paper versions. Samples of our Mathematics and English papers are available on the admissions downloads page. The latter two papers are set and marked in the College.

Candidates will also have a short interview with a senior member of staff.

Please contact our Admissions Office on 01932 839437 if you have any questions or queries about the Application process.

Families will be told in advance when the results will be published.

The College reserves the right to change the above process and description at any time.

More information

For further information on our Open Mornings please click here.

If you would like to receive a prospectus or download the College Registration Form please complete our Enquiry Form.