The central aim of King Edward VI High School for Girls is to provide an education for bright girls, regardless of their background.
In our admissions process we do all we can to ensure we offer places to girls who have the greatest potential to benefit from a KEHS education.
At KEHS, we aim to offer all our students an unrivalled and distinctive education characterised by forward-looking and challenging academic teaching that is delivered in a supportive and nurturing environment, with an abundance of co-curricular opportunities to develop character and perspective. We strive to support students not only to succeed in their studies but to become independent, resilient young women ready for the future.
Our usual entry points are at the start of Year 7 and the start of Year 12, but we will sometimes consider applicants for entry into Year 8 or Year 9, if space is available.
How to apply
The steps below will provide you with the information you need to make an application to our school.
Please note KEHS does not accept applications from international students. Girls applying to the school must hold either a UK passport or the relevant visas to remain in the UK, and must be living locally with their family.
The majority of girls enter the School in Year 7(11+). Each year, around 96 girls join us from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds.
For entry into Year 7 in September 2024 candidates should have been born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.
The first step in the application process is to complete the 11+ Application Form online. This form provides us with all the information we need to be able to register your daughter for the examination and enables you to express an interest in applying for an Assisted Place and/or music scholarship, if applicable.
A non-refundable registration fee of £50 will be payable at the time of application, unless you provide proof of receipt of Universal Credit, Income Support or Job Seeker’s Allowance (not Tax Credits). A recent passport style photograph will need to be uploaded.
On receipt of the application form, we encourage you to view our advice about the 11+ examination and sample questions available on our website. We will also request a headteacher’s report from your daughter’s current school.
The entrance examination consists of one English paper and one Mathematics paper.
The English paper is designed to test reading and writing skills and to explore a candidate’s potential. The Mathematics paper consists of a series of questions of varying lengths, designed to test the candidate’s ability to use and apply the straightforward processes of arithmetic.
All parents are notified by post as to the outcome of their daughter’s application, whether they have or have not been offered a place, a scholarship, an Assisted Place or if they are on the reserve list.
To accept a place, a non-refundable deposit is required of £400 from all full fee-paying parents.
If you decide to decline the offer of a place, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible so that we may offer the place to a candidate on the reserve list.
Important dates for 11+ entry
11+ application opens for 2025: Monday 1 April 2024
11+ application deadline for 2025 entry: Monday 23 September 2024 at 12 noon
Entrance exam: Friday 4 October 2024
Interviews by invitation only for academic scholarships, Assisted Places and girls on the borderline: November 2024 TBC
Music scholarship auditions: November 2024 TBC
Results sent by letter to parents: Monday 9 December 2024
Acceptance deadline: Monday 4 March 2024
Our Sixth Form offers an outstanding education for able students who like original ideas and new challenges, and we are delighted to welcome a number of new students in Year 12 each year.
We offer a wide range of A Level subjects across literature and humanities, the arts, social sciences, modern foreign languages, classical languages, maths and the sciences, plus the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), inspiring each student’s imagination and enabling her to develop her intellectual passions.
Candidates whose application forms indicate that they are likely to meet the grade-related entry requirements will be invited to an academic interview with a member of the Leadership Team and a Head of Department, which will take place during the Spring term of the school year before entry. All offers made are conditional upon final GCSE results and candidates are required to attend KEHS on GCSE results day to confirm their final results.
Sixth Form entry requirements
- GCSE Maths: You must achieve a grade 7 or higher
- GCSE English or English Language: You must achieve a grade 7 or higher
- A Level subjects: You must achieve a grade 7, 8, or 9 in your chosen A Level subjects. For some subjects, a minimum of grade 8 or 9 is required (see below)
- A Level Further Maths – Minimum Grade 9 in Maths
- A Level Maths and A Level Chemistry – Minimum Grade 8 in Maths
- A Level Chemistry – Minimum Grade 8 in Chemistry
- A Level French – Minimum Grade 8 in French
Important dates for 16+ entry
Registration for entry at 16+ in 2024 is open. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 January 2024.
As we recognised that decisions about Sixth Form options may change following the receipt of a student’s GCSE results, applications received after the closing date will still be considered up until the end of August 2024. However, late applicants should be aware that places may no longer be available. To make a late application for 2024 entry contact email@example.com.
A passport style photograph will be required with the application. Please ensure that you indicate the relevant place on the form if you would like to be considered for an Assisted Place and/or music scholarship, or sports scholarship if applicable. Please ensure that you notify us of any changes to your contact details or circumstances during the application process.
On receipt of the application form we will request a headteacher’s report from your daughter’s current school.
For more information about Sixth Form Sport, Music and Academic Scholarship please visit our scholarship pages.
The entry process for the Sixth Form (16+) consists of an application form and personal statement, predicted GCSE results, a headteacher’s report and predicted GCSE results.
Following the interviews and a satisfactory report from the candidate’s current school, a conditional offer may be made.