How to get into James Allen’s Girls’ School at 7+


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July 31st, 2018

How to get into James Allen’s Girls’ School at 7+

Are you hoping for your daughter to win one of the places at JAGS at 7+? This guide tells you everything you need to know about the application process: from registering your child, to pre-tests, exams and the interview.


James Allen’s Girls’ School is an independent day school for girls aged 4-18, situated in Dulwich. Girls can enter the Pre-Prep School at 4+ and the Prep School at 7+.

Before you apply

At the time of writing, the next open day for the Prep school was Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am – 12 noon. The morning includes a tour of the school and a talk by the Head. There is no need to book for this event. Parents can also visit the school on one of the school’s weekly Wednesday morning small group tours, which take place March – November. To book a place on one of these mornings, please contact Anne Long, the Pre-Preparatory School Secretary on 020 8693 3465 or alternatively email

For the year 2018/19, fees for the Prep School are £5,215 per term, which works out at £15 645 per year. JAGS offer a range of bursaries, depending on a family’s income. Please see the following page for more information:


To apply for 7+ entry, parents must complete a registration form and return it by post to the school. A registration fee of of £100 is charged (£200 for overseas applicants). The deadline for applications for September 2019 is Friday 30th November 2018. The form is available here:

For those who wish to apply for a bursary, a bursary application form must be sent to the school by the end of December 2018. The relevant forms can be found here:


The 7+ assessment procedure for James Allen’s Girls’ School consists of two stages. Girls will attend an assessment day on Monday 7th January 2018, where they will sit written tests in Maths, English (reading comprehension and writing) and an electronic Reasoning test. The school says that most students who do well in these tests will be working above the expected National Curriculum standards for Year 2. A breakdown of the objectives covered in the exam can be found here:

Girls who are successful in the assessments will be invited to an interview. This will consist of an oral reading test and written and mental Maths extension activities.


Successful candidates will be offered a place by Friday 1st February 2019. The deadline for accepting the place is midday on Friday 8th February 2019. Parents should return an acceptance form with an acceptance deposit of £1000. This is refunded in the final term of a child’s time at the school.

When casual places arise at other ages, JAGS offer these using their “chance vacancy” list. A chance vacancy form to join this list can be found here:

Destination schools

There is an expectation that children attending James Allen’s Girls’ Preparatory School will progress to James Allen’s Girls’ Senior School.

A break-down of the university destinations of the James Allen’s Girls’ School leavers in 2017 can be found here:

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