Entrance Assessments

As a selective school, we do require children to sit an entrance assessment when applying for a place at Dame Allan’s. This is important as academic standards are high across both the Junior School and Nursery and Senior Schools and we want to make sure each child can cope in this environment. 

Once you have completed our application form to register your child, we will be in touch regarding the assessment. The style of the assessment varies depending on the age group, but our overall aim is to make sure the process is relaxed and stress-free to ensure your child performs at their very best on the day. 

References from a pupil’s current school are required at all age groups.

Early Years

Children applying for a place in our Nursery are invited into the Junior School for an hour during which they spend time in the Nursery with our Nursery teacher Miss Milburn. 

For children joining Reception, there is an assessment which includes letter and number recognition, sequencing and motor skills. This assessment is with our Head of Early Years, Mrs Ferguson.

Junior School

From Year 1 upwards, children are assessed in mathematics, English and non-verbal reasoning. These assessments take place in groups of no more than five children of a similar age. They are supported through the process by a member of staff. Following this, children then spend time in the classroom with their year group, to give them the opportunity to experience the Junior School environment. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Schools

Entry to Years 7, 8 and 9 is through examination in maths, English and non-verbal reasoning, followed by an interview with one of our Senior Schools’ teachers. 

Entrance Exams take place in January with offers posted out at the end of February. 

We appreciate that circumstances can change at various times of the year, so we encourage you to contact us to discuss your child joining at any time in the year. Potential pupils in other age groups are also welcome to apply. In these circumstances, specific arrangements are made with the Schools’ Head of Admissions. 

Sixth Form

Entry into the Sixth Form is dependent on GCSE results, an interview with the Head of Sixth Form and is subject to a satisfactory reference from the student’s existing school. Applications are welcome throughout the year and handled by our Admissions team on a case by case basis.

If you have further questions about any of the above entrance assessments, please contact the Admissions team.

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If you have any queries about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office via telephone or email:

0191 275 0608


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