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Key Dates

We aim to provide test dates by the end of the autumn term for the following September in order that interested parents can ensure their child’s availability. One further date will be arranged, only if required, for children that are medically unfit on the test day (a medical certificate will be required) or have religious reasons for being unable to attend. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE CHILDREN FOR ANY OTHER REASONS THAN THOSE STATED ABOVE.

Thursday 31st October 2019 – National deadline for submitting your Common Application Form (CAF) to your home Local Authority. You should rank schools in order of your true preference.  If you wish your child to be considered for a place at Dame Alice Owen’s School you must include it as one of your preferences.

Monday 2nd March 2020 – National Allocation Day

Your home Local Authority will inform you which secondary school your child has been allocated.

Secondary Transfer Admissions entry September 2021


*Thursday 14th  May 2020 – Online Registration for Entrance Exams and Music tests opens. The Test Registration Form (TRF) will be available on the admissions section of the school website from this date. NB: Your permanent home address must be within one of our Local Priority Areas by the closing date for test registration, in order to register for our tests. A list of these areas can be found here (Local Priority Areas link- EMMA CAN YOU PUT THIS IN.

*Thursday 18th June 2020 – Closing Date for Test Registration We are unable to accept any test registration requests beyond this date as we are obliged to adhere to the dates published in our Admissions Arrangements.

*Monday 13th July 2020  – All candidates who registered for our academic and/or Musical Aptitude tests will receive further details via email no later than this date.   If you have not received an email please email the Admissions Department  – you will need to forward a copy of the automated registration confirmation you would have received on successful registration.  Without this we will be unable to investigate further.

Thursday 16th July 2020 – CONFIRMED DATE – Open Afternoon from 2.00–5.00pm (Last tour at 4.30pm) Opportunity for parents and children to see the School. Various activities will be taking place throughout the afternoon including musical interludes and science experiments. Admission information will be available, past papers on sale and staff on duty to answer any questions. Booking is not required. Please park with consideration for our neighbours.

*Tuesday 1st September 2020 – Part I Entrance Examination – Verbal Reasoning

*Wednesday 2nd September 2020 – Musical Aptitude Test – First Round

*Tuesday 15th September 2020 – First round Musical Aptitude Test results sent out

*From Monday 21st September – Friday 25th September 2020– Second Round Musical Aptitude Tests

*Monday 21st September 2020– We aim to email test results for Part I of the Entrance exam (Verbal Reasoning) no later than this date.  The highest ranked 325 candidates will be invited back for Part II (English and Mathematics).  Candidates who ranked below 325 will be advised that they are not being invited to progress to Part II of the tests.  The email will include the mark achieved in the Verbal Reasoning test.

*Saturday 26th September 2020 – Part II Entrance Examination – English and Mathematics

*Late September/early October – Exact dates to be advised – tours of the school during a normal school day

*Friday 26th October 2020 – We aim to email  test results for Part II of the Entrance exam and second round of the Musical Aptitude test no later than this date.  The email will include your child’s ranking and the lowest ranking position that we have been able to offer to in previous years. These letters do not constitute an offer of place in the School but are provided for information purposes only.  We give as much information as possible in this letter and are therefore unable to provide any further guidance on the likelihood of gaining a place.

We would appreciate if you could refer to our comprehensive FAQ’s list before contacting the school with any further queries, as you may find the answer to your question here. This will enable our Admissions Officer and general office staff to deal with priority calls – thank you for your consideration.