Reception: 01235 520173

Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Joint Bus Service: 01235 546565

St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

How to find us

Entry into Year 9 (13+)


Candidates should be registered at least one year prior to their entry date, although late applications may be acceptable. A registration form should be completed and returned to the Admissions Office with the appropriate fee. The closing date for registration for 2020 entry is Friday 1 November 2019, though earlier registration is recommended. Once your daughter is registered you will automatically receive details about the entrance process.  

Parents who are unsure whether their daughter is performing to the standard required for entry in Year 9 may wish to take advantage of opportunities for 13+ registered candidates to take a diagnostic assessment. This assessment is separate from the entrance examination and takes place in Year 6. Girls taking the diagnostic assessment will still need to sit the entrance examination for the required year of entry in November with all registered candidates.

Taster day

All registered Year 9 entrants will be invited to a taster day where they will be able to join current St Helen’s pupils for lunch and lessons. There will also be a 15 minute interview with the Head of Middle School.  The taster day is a required part of the entrance process.

Entrance assessment

The entrance assessment will take place in November of the year prior to entry. Further information about the tests will be sent to you in September. All the girls will be tested on the same day. A reference will be requested directly from your daughter’s current school before the test date. Parents should notify the school that a request will be coming to avoid any embarrassment.

The tests will be in English, Mathematics and either Spanish, French, German or Mandarin. No special preparation is necessary. The entrance assessments for 2020 entry are on Friday 22 November 2019.  

Offers and accepting a place

Parents will be notified of the outcome of the assessment within ten days of the Assessment Day. Parents are asked to accept the place as soon as possible.

Welcome to St Helen’s

After accepting a place girls are invited to an induction afternoon in June when they will have a chance to meet their form and their form tutor.

Bursaries and scholarships

St Helen and St Katharine was founded on the desire to provide a broad, balanced and academically excellent education for its pupils, a goal to which we remain committed.  Our Scholarship and Bursary provision has been established for many years and owes much to the assistance and generosity of benefactors and friends of the School, to whom we remain indebted. In 2012 our scholarship provision, which seeks to recognise and reward excellence, was extensively reviewed and extended and full details can be found on our Scholarships page.

Registration form

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