Admissions Procedure - Walthamstow Hall

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 between 50 – 60 pupils, made up of three forms of around 15 – 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.

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 2021 the deadline for submitting an application is October 1st 2020. 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 2020 for entry in September 2021.

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.

Deferring Places from Year 7 to Year 9

Walthamstow Hall Senior School will offer formal deferred entry for Year 9 places from September 2021 entry. Students will complete the School’s usual entry process whilst they are in Year 6 of their Prep or Primary school. If they are offered a Year 7 place at Walthamstow Hall they will be able to defer it and join Walthamstow Hall at the beginning of their Year 9 academic year.

The Deferred Entry Process

The deferred entry process will involve girls participating in Walthamstow Hall Senior School’s usual Year 7 entry process in the Autumn term of Year 6. Girls would sit hour long Walthamstow Hall exams in both English and Maths and be interviewed by the Headmistress. In addition, a Head’s report will be requested from the candidate’s current school.

Parents can declare that they are pursuing a deferred entry place when they initially make their application to the School or after the assessment process, once a place has been offered. Parents can confirm and secure their deferred entry place with the payment of a £1,000 deposit once a place has been offered.

In the Summer term of Year 8 Walthamstow Hall will request a further school report from the candidate’s school and girls will sit additional Maths and a Modern Foreign Language paper purely for class setting purposes.

Girls wishing to apply for the academic, drama, music or sports scholarships on offer at Year 9 will be required to take part in the scholarship exams and assessments alongside other internal and external candidates in the January that they are in Year 8. Scholarships offered as part of the Year 7 entry process cannot be deferred to Year 9.

Key Dates for 2021 deferred entry

Candidates wishing to defer entry to join Walthamstow Hall in Year 9 in September 2023 will sit their initial entrance exams in November 2020 and their additional papers in the Summer term of 2023.

Admissions Procedure – Year 9

For Year 9 candidates who have not deferred a place at the Year 7 entry stage, the admissions process for Year 9 entry takes place at the beginning of the Spring term prior to entry, for example, in January 2021 for entry in September 2021.

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 2020 for entry in September 2021.

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.

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 over subscription, 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.