13+ entry

Our 13+ (Year 9 / LC3) intake is approximately 45 girls and make a year group of around 125 (boarding and day). Girls joining at this stage become members of the Junior Houses and tutor groups, re-organised from Year 8, with new tutors who will stay with the girls until they move in to the Sixth Form, guiding them through their GCSE choices and examinations and helping to advise on senior school subject options.


The first stage of our admissions process, after an initial enquiry, is registration. A Registration Form should be completed and returned to the Admissions Department along with the appropriate fee and accompanying documents. This can be done any time from birth until the published deadline prior to entry (generally the Autumn Term a year in advance of the enrolment date) 

We urge you to register as soon as you have decided College is a likely option for your daughter as this enables us to better keep in touch with you, invite you to events and inform you of key deadlines.

For registration two years in advance of enrolment date, there are two routes of entry available to girls applying for 13+ entry (LC3): the Early Entry Route and the Standard 13+ Entry Route.


Under the Early Entry Route, girls are considered for a firm place at College via examination in January of their Year 7. 

Girls will attend an assessment day at College during the Autumn Term of Year 7 (there will be a choice of two dates), and, if successful, will then sit College’s entrance papers in English and Mathematics in early January. These papers are written and marked by our academic teaching staff.

Early entry places will be awarded following strong performances in the entrance papers and during the assessment day, and upon receipt of a supportive confidential reference from the current school. College will release the results in mid-February.

Successful applicants who are awarded firm or conditional places are then able to apply for Scholarships the following January, prior to September entry. Details about Academic, Art, Music and Sport Scholarships and Drama and Day Girl Awards can be found in our Scholarships section. Candidates applying for a Beale Award (bursary) may opt for the Early Entry Route but no final decision regarding possible support will be finalised until March of the enrolment year. 

View key dates for the Early Entry Scheme


Please note that 2019 will be the final year for entry to Year 9 via this process as all applications will be dealt with via “Early Entry” for 2020 entry and beyond.

For 2019 families who have not followed the Early Entry Route for LC3 admission, we hold standard 13+ entrance examinations in the January of Year 8, for our remaining places. Girls applying via this route should attend College in the 12 months prior to the entrance exams to have an interview with a member of the College Assessment Team. 

Papers in English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning, Science and a Modern Language Aptitude Test are taken either here at College, at the candidate’s current school or with an approved private invigilator.

The results of the examination papers and interview will be considered alongside a confidential reference from the Head of your daughter’s current school. Parents will receive written confirmation of the results in early February.

Successful candidates are also eligible for consideration for Scholarships. Details about Academic, Art, Music and Sport Scholarships and Drama and Day Girl Awards can be found in our Scholarships section

View key dates for the Standard Entry Scheme

Useful Documents

Registration Form

Entrance Booklet 2019

LC Entrance Examination Form 2019  

LC3 Early Entry Examination Form 2020

Scholarship Forms can be found in the Scholarships section