Senior School Admissions

If you would like your son or daughter to join our successful, friendly Senior School, the first step in the admissions process is to arrange a convenient time for a tour with our Head, Mrs Amy Chapman. On your private tour around the campus, Mrs Chapman will explain how our students benefit from a huge range of opportunities that combine to ignite a genuine joy in learning. Our virtual tour including 360 degree photography is available at any time and be found on our web site by clicking here.

If you were unable to attend our last Virtual Open Morning, this is now available to watch on You Tube by clicking here

Our Entrance Examination for Year 7 entry took place on Saturday 23rd January 2021. However, we do recognise that, for a variety of reasons, some children may wish to make an application after this date. If places are available, applicants will sit tests in non-verbal reasoning, English and mathematics. These are nationally standardised tests and are intended to be taken by pupils who come from a variety of school backgrounds. Sample papers are available on request. Applicants are assessed not only on their ability to cope with the curriculum on offer but also on their willingness to make a full contribution to the life of the school. Candidates will have an informal interview via a video call and we will request a reference from their current school.

Girls and boys who are already in our Junior School are regularly assessed and are generally able to take their place in our Senior School without taking the Entrance Exam, although they may choose to sit our Academic Scholarship examination.

Provided that spaces are available, students are also accepted into Years 8, 9 and 10 subject to a satisfactory performance on assessment papers. As part of the admissions process, students will also have a short interview with the Headteacher and we request a reference from their current school. All prospective students are offered a taster day with their peers, where Covid guidelines permit.

Academic, Music, Art & Design, Drama and Sport Scholarships are available.  The Academic Scholarship consists of a general knowledge paper and a reasoning paper.  All other scholarships are by written application and further assessment.  There is also a Headteacher’s Scholarship awarded to any girl or boy who has demonstrated outstanding all-round ability.

All school admissions are handled by our Registrar, Miss Sue Callaghan. If you would like to register your child for entrance into our Senior School and arrange a visit or informal meeting with Mrs Amy Chapman, Head, please contact Miss Callaghan by phone: 01332 514267 or by email: admissions@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk