The main point of admission to Sydenham High Senior School is at 11+, where there is usually a four-form entry of around 21 girls per form.
1 - Visit us
We hope to meet you at one of our upcoming Open Events and Taster Days or, to book a place on one of our weekly tours, please call 020 8557 7004.
Our next Whole School Open Day is Saturday 18 September. Please click the link above to book a place or email to find out more.
Our next Taster Day Session will be on either Thursday 7 October 2021 or Wednesday 13 October 2021, open to new year 6 pupils. This will be held in Senior School following the change to government guidelines. To book a place, please click here.
To view a digital copy of our Senior School Prospectus click here.Open days
2 - Apply
For entry in September 2022, applications must be received by 4pm, Monday 22 November 2021.
Scholarship and Bursary applications must be received by 12noon, Friday 19 November 2021 to allow processing time.
Please note that bursary applications are via an online system which is separate to the application form.
The application fee is £100 for UK students and £125 for overseas students.Apply online
3 - Assessments
Applicants will be assessed on their ability in both Mathematics and English though the papers will be reduced in length. A sample English entrance examination paper can be found here. A sample Mathematics entrance examination paper can be found here. We will also ask pupils to submit a short written piece, selecting from a range of titles and styles. The task will be released on the day itself and should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
We will also interview every applicant, which is our chance to get to know a little more about your daughter. We will ask your daughter to speak about something she is proud of and would like to talk about. Interviews last around 15 minutes. In addition, we request a reference from all candidates’ current schools. Pupils from our Prep School follow the same entry procedure as external applicants.
For 2022 entry, the Entrance Examination date is Tuesday 4 January, including applicant interviews. The date will be reviewed in the Autumn term, in light of the local and national outlook, and we may need to bring the examination date forward. The alternative date would be Saturday 27 November. All applicants will be notified of any change in good time.
We are acutely aware of the disruption that has been faced by year 6 pupils this year and want to reassure all parents and pupils that we will take this into consideration when assessing applicants.
4 - Offers
Decision letters informing you whether or not your daughter has been offered a fee-paying place, including offers for bursaries and scholarships, will be sent out by first class post to your home addresses by Friday 4 February 2022. These should therefore be with you by Monday 7 February 2022. If, for whatever reason, your letter does not arrive please contact us after 9am that day via email () and we will email the decision letter to you. Please note that we do also operate a waiting list for places, which is kept short.
Offer holder visits
We offer a number of opportunities to come back and see us if your daughter has been successful in her application.
Accepting an offer
The offer acceptance deadline is 12 noon, Friday 4 March 2022. Once you have accepted your offer we will be in touch to confirm your place and notify you of any further key dates.