How to get into James Allen's Girls' School

Aliya Mrochuk

August 08, 2016

Tutorfair’s top tips for how to get into James Allen's Girls' Preparatory, Junior and Senior Schools, curated by yours truly.

James Allen's Girls' School

Type: Independent day school for girls, ages 4 - 18

Fees:
Preparatory School: £4,985, per term
Senior School: £5,505, per term
Registration fee: £100

James Allen’s Girls’ School fees include exercise books, returnable textbooks, and School Fees Insurance (removable by request). For more information about additional services, and how and when to pay your fees, see JAGS Fees.

Current Headteacher: Finola Stack

Current Head: Sally-Anne Huang  

About James Allen's Girls' School
Founded in 1741, JAGS is the oldest independent girls’ school in London. Far from outdated, the school has used its 275 years of experience to develop a modern Eco program, Bursary Scheme, and Performing Arts school, among dozens of other community commitments.

As “Good Neighbours,” JAGS aims “to encourage all pupils to develop to their full potential by stimulating their intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm and imagination.”
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How do I know if James Allen's Girls' School is right for me?  
On 8th October, 2016 JAGS will host an Open Morning event for each school level. The events for both Pre-Prep and Prep girls (ages 4 - 11) will begin at 10.00 a.m. and run until 12.00 noon. Similarly, the event for Senior School girls (ages 11 - 18) will begin at 10.00 a.m. and run until 1.00 p.m.

No bookings are required for these events, but if you have any questions or would like to book an alternate visit, more information can be found here.

Admissions Policy
Girls entering at 7+ and 11+ will complete and return JAGS Registration Form and Ethnicity Form with the associated registration fee (see Fees above) before 30th November or 31st October, respectively, the year prior to entry.

Upon registration, 7+ girls will be sent an entry form that must be returned that same month. The completion of these forms will allow your daughter to sit her entrance exam the following January and, if she does well on her test, interview with a member of staff.

For girls entering at 11+, invitations to sit the JAGS entrance exam are conditional upon their pre-selection assessment results (sat in the Autumn term) and a reference from their current school. Given positive results, your daughter will sit her entrance exam the following January.

Admissions for girls entering Sixth Form are usually offered upon positive entrance examination and  GCSE results, as well as a solid interview and reference from their current school. Applications should be submitted by 30th October the year prior to entry, so that your daughter may write her entrance examination on 12th November.

Although the majority of girls enter at either 7+ or 11+, there are chance vacancies available each year at 12+, 13+, and 14+ as well.Girls applying for these places must submit their applications by 31st October the year prior to entry in order to write their entrance exam (and attend their consequent interviews) the following January.

What are James Allen's Girls' School interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
Girls entering at 7+ will sit three exams in Maths, English, and reasoning. The Maths assessment will focus on arithmetic, time, and problem solving, while the English assessment is broken into a comprehension (reading) section and a creative writing section. Lastly, the reasoning paper is a standardized assessment of your daughter’s academic potential.

Girls entering at 11+ will complete a pre-selection assessment before sitting their entrance examination. The assessment involves teamwork puzzles with other candidates, a mock lesson, and an online standardized test in verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning. The entrance exam involves a 45 minute Maths assessment and a one hour English assessment, both of which are designed for students who excelled in at least Level 5 of the National Curriculum.

Girls applying for a chance vacancy at 12+, 13+ and 14+ will also sit assessments in Maths, English (comprehension and writing), and reasoning (verbal, non-verbal, and numerical). If your daughter is entering at 13+ or 14+ and speaks an additional language, she will also write a 30 minute Modern Foreign Language paper. Girls who do well on their assessments will interview over the following few weeks.

Lastly, girls entering Sixth Form are expected to have earned at least 5 GCSE grades at A* - A, and at least a B in English Language and Mathematics. Their entrance examination will consist of papers in the four subjects that they would like to study at A Level, followed by an interview with a senior member of JAGS staff.

To do well at any entry level assessment, it is important to know exactly what JAGS is asking of you. You can do so by familiarizing yourself with their sample papers and curriculum outlines, or Sixth Form Prospectus. You can also utilize the abundance of resource centres online to bulk up your revision and reasoning skills.

Best of luck!  
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