Walthamstow (‘Wally’) Hall is an independent school for girls in Sevenoaks, Kent. The junior school (ages 3–11) and the senior school (ages 11–18) sit on two separate sites but are managed as one school. Girls from the junior school do not gain automatic entry to Year 7 of the senior school and must go through the same application and admissions process as external 11+ applicants.
The school was originally founded in Walthamstow, London in 1838 as a boarding school for protestant missionaries’ daughters. It relocated to Sevenoaks in 1882.
The school is now a day school, but still supports missionary daughters, who will be prioritised in the event of a tie-break for places during the entrance assessments and who are educated free of charge if their parents are working abroad. Although the modern school has a Christian ethos and tradition, it welcomes applications from all faiths and backgrounds.
All the buildings on the Sevenoaks campus, including the original Victorian building with its vaulted dining room, were purpose built for the school. The most recent developments in an ongoing programme of building and refurbishment include a state-of the-art science block, refurbishment of the school’s professional-standard theatre, plus a new sports hall and swimming pool complex.
The curriculum at Walthamstow Hall is broad and offers plenty of choice to support individual learners. Girls joining the school in Year 7 will take 17 subjects with further options for study in Years 8 and 9. At GCSE, ‘twilight’ and ‘fast-track’ courses are offered to help maximise choice. This approach appears to be successful with 92% of GCSE grades being A* to B (9–5) in 2018.
Address: Walthamstow Hall, Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3UL
Admissions info: 01732 468703 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Type: Girls’ independent day school
Number of Pupils: 600 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 60 (approx.)
Open Day Date: September
Exam Date: November
Exam Type / Board: School’s own
Walthamstow Hall is an academically selective school. Selection is based on a report from the head teacher of the candidate’s current school, an interview with the Head Teacher or Deputy Head at Walthamstow Hall and an entrance exam, comprising papers in English and maths.
The interviews and exam are held in the autumn term of the year preceding entry (while the candidates are in Year 6) and decisions are posted before the end of that term.
If places are closely contested, the school will take into account whether a candidate is the daughter of a missionary, whether she has a sibling currently at the school, proximity of home to school and whether Walthamstow School was her first choice of school.
Scholarships are awarded for academic, sporting and musical excellence. Parents must indicate on their application form if they wish their daughter to be considered for a scholarship. Prospective academic scholars will sit scholarship papers in English and maths on the same day as the entrance exam, having sat the main papers earlier in the day. Prospective sporting and musical scholars will be required to take a separate assessment or audition. Scholarships can be worth up to 50% fee remission.
The school has a bursary fund and a limited number of Founders’ Bursaries are available each year, which cover nearly 100% of tuition fees.
A copy of the Walthamstow Hall Admissions and Attendance Policy can be downloaded from the ‘Policies’ section of the school’s website.
For further information, please contact the admissions department at Walthamstow Hall directly: 01732 468703 or at email@example.com.
Applications for entry to Walthamstow Hall at 11+ must be made using the school’s Application for Admission form. A non-refundable £100 registration fee needs to be paid by cheque or bank transfer at the time of application.
The deadline for applications is the beginning of October in the year preceding entry.
The Walthamstow Hall entrance exam consists of papers in English and maths, which are set and marked by the school. The school does not publish any past papers.
One of the best ways to prepare for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.
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