The main points of entry to the Senior School are at Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12, for Sixth Form. Applications are received for girls from over 40 schools in both the state and independent sector, including Walthamstow Hall Junior School. All applicants follow the same admissions process.

Year Group and Class Sizes

Walthamstow Hall has a THREE form entry at Year 7. Year 7 is usually a cohort of around 60 pupils, made up of three forms of around 20.

Typically, up to 10 additional students join at Year 9, when an extra class is added, making 4 forms of around 15 – 17 pupils in each.

New students can be admitted in other year groups when places are available.

Before Making an Application

Before applying to Walthamstow Hall parents are advised to attend one of the School’s two Open Mornings, these take place in September and March each year and places can be booked online. Parents are also invited to read the School’s prospectus and Further Information Booklet and the School’s Admission’s policy.

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Making an Application

Parents who wish to apply for a place must complete the ‘Application for Admission‘ form attached and return it to Mrs Alex Knight, Registrar, registrar@whall.school, together with a registration fee of £100 (transfer details can be found at the bottom of the form).

For entry in Year 7, 9 and 12 in September 2020 the deadline for submitting an application is October 7th 2019. Applications may be made after this date but such applicants will not be eligible for scholarships or awards.

Admissions Procedure – Year 7

The admissions process for Year 7 entry takes place in the Autumn term prior to entry, for example in Autumn 2019 for entry in September 2020.

There are three elements to the Year 7 entry process:

  1. A Head’s report is requested from the candidate’s current school
  2. Candidates are interviewed by the Headmistress
  3. Candidates sit entrance exams in English and Mathematics.
    Each paper lasts for 1 hour. In English candidates are asked to complete a piece of comprehension and creative writing. The mathematics is straightforward. The assessment does not include verbal or non-verbal reasoning tests. Past papers are not available.
    Special arrangements are made for candidates with special educational needs supported by an Educational Psychologist’s Report. Parents should advise the School if this applies to their daughter.

Candidates who wish to be considered for academic scholarship will sit scholarship papers in English and Mathematics following their entrance papers. Potential scholars are also invited for further scholarship interviews.

Sports scholarship assessments and Music scholarship auditions also take place in the Autumn term.

The School’s decision on the offer of a place are sent home by post at the end of the Autumn term. Offer letters include details of any scholarships or bursaries awarded.

The number of applicants typically outpaces the number of places available and so the School establishes a waiting list of candidates. Firm places are offered to those on the waiting list as they become available, often in the Spring term.

Late applications are added to the waiting list and assessment is offered should a place become available.

Admissions Procedure – Year 9

The admissions process for Year 9 entry takes place at the beginning of the Spring term prior to entry, for example, in January 2020 for entry in September 2020.

There are three elements to the Year 9 entry process:

  1. A Head’s report is requested from the candidate’s current school
  2. Candidates are interviewed by the Headmistress
  3. Candidates sit either general entrance or academic scholarship papers.
    The general entrance papers are in English, Mathematics and Science.
    Academic scholarship papers are in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics and a subject of the candidate’s choosing.
    Special arrangements are made for candidates with special educational needs supported by an Educational Psychologist’s Report. Parents should advise the School if this applies to their daughter.

Academic scholarships are awarded to those candidates who perform exceptionally well in the scholarship papers.

Sports scholarship assessments and Music and Drama scholarship auditions also take place in the Spring term.

Decisions on the offer of a place are sent home by post at the end of the Spring term. Offer letters include details of any scholarships or bursaries which have been awarded.

Admissions Procedure – Year 12

The admissions process for Year 12 entry takes place in the Autumn term prior to entry, for example in November 2019 for entry in September 2020.

We advise prospective Sixth Form students to attend the Sixth Form Information Evening and the School Open Morning, both held in late September/early October. To attend the Sixth Form Information Evening please contact the Registrar, Mrs Alex Knight registrar@whall.school.

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There are three elements to the Year 12 entry process:

  1. A Head’s report is requested from the candidate’s current school
  2. Candidates are interviewed by the Headmistress
  3. Candidates must achieve a minimum of seven GCSEs at grades 9 – 6 (A* – B), including Mathematics and English. We advise that candidates should have achieved at least a grade 7 (A) in the subjects which they wish to study at A level.

Year 12 candidates who wish to apply for a Sixth Form academic scholarship sit scholarship papers in two subjects of their choosing together with a general paper.

Decisions on the offer of a place are sent home by post at the end of the Autumn term. Offer letters include details of any scholarships and bursaries awarded.

It is possible to submit later applications for Sixth Form entry.

 

Admissions Criteria

Places are offered to girls who demonstrate their academic potential and the likelihood that they will benefit from the ethos of the School, and the broad and challenging education that it provides.

The selection will be based on:

  • A Head’s report from the candidate’s current school, including assessment data, e.g. base-line test scores
  • The candidate’s interview with the Headmistress and/or senior staff at the School
  • The candidate’s performance in the School’s own entrance examinations
  • The parents’ expressed preference in choice of schools. In the instance of oversubscription, Walthamstow Hall may take into account whether it is the first choice of school.

Selection in an oversubscribed year

Where all things are equal the following criteria will be used:

  1. A daughter of a missionary
  2. A sibling whose sister is in the School at the date of the application
  3. In the event of a tie-breaker proving necessary, the School will, as a last resort, take into account the proximity of home to school.