St James Senior Girls’ School is an independent day school for girls aged 11-18. Based in London’s Kensington Olympia, the senior school accommodates a two-form year group, allowing teachers to focus more closely on pupils’ wellbeing and progress.
The school aims to provide a happy, united environment for its girls, giving them the best chance of seeking out and developing their individual talents. The school provides spiritual enrichment to its pupils by setting aside regular time to meditate or be still at the beginning and end of each school day.
St. James Senior Girls’ School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) Information
Registration Closing Date: November
Exam Date: January
Exam Board Type: GL Assessment
Results Date: February
St. James Senior Girls’ School Admissions Criteria
The main entry point to St James Senior Girls’ School is in Year 7 and admission is determined by student performance in the school’s entrance test, which takes place in January of the year of entry. However, the school does not select candidates solely for the academic results they achieve. Rather, prospective pupils may be asked to attend an interview, which is intended to help the school ensure that it can meet the student’s needs. A report is also requested from the girl’s current school.
The London Consortium’s policy is to offer places based on a student’s overall performance in the cognitive test, interview, and reference.
For further information on St James Senior Girls’ School Year 7 admissions process, please contact the Registrar on 020 7348 1748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to St. James Senior Girls’ School
Before applying for a Year 7 place at St James Senior Girls’ School, parents and prospective students are encouraged to attend one of the school’s Open Events. These events take place throughout the school year and need to be booked in advance.
To register for the Cognitive Abilities Test, parents need to download and return both the Registration Form and Confidential Pupil Information Form to the school, together with two recent passport photographs and a non-refundable registration fee of £125. A confirmation letter acknowledging receipt of the documentation will be sent to parents.
St. James Senior Girls’ School Year 7 CAT Assessment
The London Consortium has replaced its traditional eleven plus exam with a bespoke Cognitive Abilities Test. The test assesses Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning in a multiple-choice format. It lasts for approximately 75 minutes, with a 20-minute break midway and. There will be no other written assessments. The Consortium has implemented this new cognitive test to identify pupils’ overall academic potential, rather than their ability to retain knowledge for a particular exam.
Students can take the test at any school in the Consortium and parents will receive test results in February.
How to Prepare for the St. James Senior Girls’ School 11 plus Entrance Test
Whatever a student’s current attainment, they will need to invest additional time for preparation in the lead-up to the entrance test. As the exam focuses on Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, we would recommend our selection of multiple-choice eleven plus papers that are designed in the GL-style.
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Online Practice for the St. James Senior Girls’ School 11 Plus CAT Entrance Test
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