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Entrance exam

Entrance exam and assessment

Entrance assessments for all year groups (Nursery to Year 10 and Year 12) take place each January for admission the following September.  Applications for a Year 7 bursary must be received by 30 September prior to the year of entry, as we hold a shortlisting assessment in October half term. All other applications must be submitted by 30 November, again prior to the year of entry.

September 2022 entry

Please note that we are not accepting applications for September 2022 into senior school including sixth form. There are a limited number of places available for this September in nursery and reception, all other primary school year groups are operating a waiting list.

Please contact our admissions department before applying on 0113 228 5121 or admissions@gsal.org.uk if you have any questions.

To apply, please complete our online application form and make payment of the non-refundable application fee of £75.

How is my child assessed?

Nursery – Year 1

Candidates will be invited in for an informal assessment, which typically lasts around one hour. As these applicants are very young we do everything we can to make it as relaxed as possible, whilst assessing them within a classroom environment.

Years 2 – 6

Candidates will be invited in for age-appropriate assessments in maths and English, as well as an interview with a member of our Primary team.

Year 7 (11+)

Year 7 is our most popular entry point and we normally receive over 200 applications each year, these consist of both fee-paying and bursary applications. Candidates applying for a fee-paying place will be invited in to sit assessments in maths, English reading and English writing, as well as attend an interview with a member of our academic team at a later stage. Sample papers can be found by clicking on the relevant links above. The entrance exam for September 2023 entry is Friday 20 January 2023.

Year 7 bursary applicants for September 2023 entry need to apply by 30 September 2022. Bursary applicants will be required to sit our bursary shortlisting exam, which will take place during half-term in October 2022.  Successful candidates from this exam will be invited to sit the entrance exam in January 2023.  For further information on bursaries please click here.

Years 8-10

Candidates will be invited in to sit assessments in maths, English, languages and science, as well as a solo interview with the respective Head of Year. Sample papers for each year group can be found below:

Year 8 – Maths / English  / Science
Year 9 – Maths / English / Science
Year 10 – Maths / English /Science

Year 12 (Sixth Form)

Year 12 is our second largest intake and candidates will be invited in for solo interviews with our sixth form team. Additionally, candidates will be asked to submit a personal statement.

In all cases candidates will be asked to provide a copy of their most recent school report and we will reach out to candidates’ current schools for a confidential reference. In some cases we may also ask candidates to sit additional assessments, e.g. candidates who are applying from overseas.

For further information please see our admissions policy.

Or, if you prefer to chat to someone please call our admissions team. For Senior School call 0113 228 5121 and for Primary School call 0113 228 5113.