First Year

From September 2023, each year typically 160 students (in seven classes) will join the College at age 11. About 30% of these children will come from maintained primary schools, a further 30% from independent preparatory schools and approximately 40% from St George’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 April or September, which offer prospective families an informal visit to the College with tours and a chance to talk to staff. The Headmistress makes an address to families at intervals throughout the morning. Parents may also wish to request a smaller-group appointment with the Headmistress, usually after the family has first 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 strong possible choice for their child, they are encouraged to register online. Registration must take place before 1 November when the child is in Year 6. Pupils at the Junior School are automatically registered for entry to the College and no action is required.

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 is received from the present school.
  • The family have shown an interest in sending their child 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.


Candidates must be under 12 years of age on 31 August upon entry into the First Year.

11+ Entrance examination

The entrance examination takes place in January of Year 6, before entry in September of that calendar year. Families are asked to note that the date can be very early in the month and therefore any Christmas and New Year holiday plans will need to take this into account. The date is organised in consultation with other major independent schools. To show understanding and support to candidates who choose to also sit entrance exams for other schools, in the event of a clash the College may offer the opportunity to sit our 11+ exams on a fixed alternative day, at its own discretion. Please note that other than the main 11+ exam day and the alternative day, no other arrangements will be offered.

Candidates come to the College for a whole day and we try to make the experience as enjoyable as possible!

Four areas are 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 are tested online using the CEM Select Evaluate Abilities assessment devised by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at the University of Durham (now part of the Cambridge Assessment family). Details of a familiarisation web-link will be sent to families in advance of the test date and CEM’s general parental guidance can be found on the Admissions Downloads page. The online tests are very similar to traditional paper versions and there is a range of CEM-specific, paper-based practice material from various publishers available online and in bookshops.

Samples of our Mathematics and English papers are also available on the Admissions Downloads page. These two papers are set and marked by 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 guidance at any time.

More information

For further information on our Open Mornings please click here.

If you would like to receive a prospectus please complete our Enquiry Form, or click here to register online.