Entrance Examinations | Portsmouth High School

Entrance Examinations

Entry into Portsmouth High Senior School in September 2019

Entrance examinations for entry to the school in September 2019 will take place on Saturday 19 January 2019.

Year 7 entry

Candidates for entry into Year 7 take an English paper of one hour. There is also a mathematical paper testing numerical skills and an ability to apply mathematical knowledge which will last for one hour. These papers are based on the National Curriculum and no special coaching is needed.

During the week before we invite all candidates looking at Year 7 entry to attend an Activities Afternoon. They meet up with other girls sitting the examinations, have lunch with our current Year 7 pupils and take part in a number of communication and team-building activities. The afternoon allows us to observe and assess the candidates informally, whilst enabling them to become familiar with the surroundings and make friends, leaving them more at ease for the Entrance Examination day itself.

A reference will be requested from the current school. This reference is part of our entrance procedure. Sample papers for 11+ are available once your daughter is registered for an Entrance Examination.

Entry into Years 8, 9 and 10

Girls will be asked to sit papers in English and mathematics and a reference will be requested from the current school. Sample papers for 12+, 13+ and 14+ are available once your daughter is registered for an Entrance Examination.

We ask all candidates to visit us on a Shadow Day and follow a timetable of lessons with their peers, which we arrange on an individual basis. The day is scheduled prior to the Entrance Examinations and allows pupils to experience a normal working day in school and familiarise themselves with the surroundings ahead of the Entrance Examinations. We also invite candidates and their parents to a meeting with the Headmistress, to be arranged for a mutually convenient date.

How to register your daughter to sit the Entrance Examinations

To register your daughter to sit the Entrance Examination on Saturday 19 January 2019, you can apply online using the link on the side of this web page or via the paper form in your prospectus pack.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions Registrar Mrs Charlotte Thomson, who will be pleased to help. Mrs Thomson can be contacted on 023 9282 6714 or via admissions@por.gdst.net