13+ Entry

We recognise that Year 9 is a key transition for pupils as the girls gear up to make GCSE option choices. There is usually a large entry into Year 9, from regional prep schools and expats, with a maximum of 25 places available for day or boarding.

Each pupil will be fully supported by her Form Tutor throughout Year 9, and, in particular, during her first few weeks. There is a full induction programme in place to ensure that girls integrate and settle quickly. In order to monitor your daughter’s progress she will receive internal grades from subject teachers prior to October half term, at which point the Head of Year will also meet her to discuss how she is settling in.

With support and encouragement, we hope each girl will seize every opportunity that a school like Monmouth School for Girls offers. It is a time when girls can develop their sporting, musical, or artistic skills and there are numerous extra-curricular activities to nurture and enhance their potential.

Common Entrance Examination

(For pupils attending IAPS schools) The syllabus is published by the ISEB (Independent Schools Examination Board).

13+ Examination

(For pupils attending other schools) This is of a standard equivalent to that of Common Entrance, and consists of tests in English and Mathematics. Candidates will also be invited to an interview with the Headmistress.

Entrance assessment dates

For 2020 entry
13+ Entrance examination and interviews Monday 20th January 2020
13+ Sport Scholarship and interviews Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Dance (morning); Sport (afternoon)
13+ Music, Drama, Dance and Art Scholarships and interviews Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Music (all day); Drama (morning); Art (afternoon).

Entrance assessment dates in full


Various scholarships are available at 13+ entry level for strong candidates, whether boarders or day pupils. Academic Scholarships are awarded on consideration of entrance assessment results, interview and school report. All candidates sitting our papers are automatically considered for academic scholarships.

All applications for the following Scholarships should be made by letter to the Headmistress:

Music Scholarships

At 13+, pupils are expected to have reached Grade 6 standard or show evidence of outstanding potential.

At the audition, girls will be invited to play two contrasting pieces of music on their first instrument (or voice), with an optional piece on a second instrument (or voice).There will also be aural and sight-reading tests. In addition, candidates should be prepared to answer general questions regarding their music interest, e.g. composing, harmony, concerts, instruments, choirs and orchestras. Successful candidates will be expected to show some knowledge of theory.

All Music Scholarships are dependent upon weekly attendance at school musical activities, to be agreed, and participation in school concerts, etc. Candidates and their parents are respectfully advised that it is a condition of all music scholarships that scholars receive principal study of instrumental tuition from a member of music staff. Exceptions are made for post Grade 8 students who wish to study with an Associate Professor of one of the British Conservatoires or who attend the junior departments of Conservatoires.

Sport/Dance Scholarships

Students will be invited to spend a day with the school’s Department of Physical Education.The programme will allow applicants to see all the facilities and to be assessed across a range of the major sports offered here. Students offered a Sports Scholarship will be expected to exhibit the following:

  • Excellent aptitude for sport in general
  • Particular strength in one or more sports
  • The commitment to attend lunchtime and after school practices and training sessions
  • The wish to represent the school to the highest level possible in at least one sport or dance
  • To be available to participate in fixtures on weekdays and weekends
  • To support their application, students should bring a portfolio of their sporting achievements, awards, successes, press coverage, etc.

Candidates wishing to be considered for dance must have strength in one or more dance disciplines and have a desire to extend their breadth of genres. Applicants will be expected to participate in an audition process. This will consist of a warm-up, technical study, flexibility exercises, improvisation tasks and a performance, prepared in advance, of a solo of approximately 1.5 to 2 minutes. This can be in any style or combination of styles, showing individuality and creativity.

Selection will be based on performance, aptitude and potential.

To support their applications, students should bring a portfolio of their dance achievements e.g.  awards, successes, press coverage, etc. and must include a summary of their dance experience and a personal statement.

Applicants offered dance scholarships will be expected to:

  • Attend a breadth of weekly dance lessons and clubs,
  • Take annual awards and/or examinations,
  • Give full commitment to school dance shows, productions and other performances and dance events,
  • Show outstanding attitude to all aspects of dance.
Creative Arts Scholarships

These scholarships recognise that students may have an interest across the range of creative subjects, including aspects of art and drama, and so the format of the scholarship day may vary.

Students will be invited to join a Drama lesson. In addition there will be a short group interview. Students will be expected to improvise spontaneously in response to a given stimulus and to prepare a dramatic monologue. Students awarded a scholarship should expect to study GCSE Drama or A level Drama and Theatre Studies and to involve themselves in school productions and other extra curricular activities.

Students will be invited to spend a morning or afternoon in the Art Department. Applicants should bring their sketchbook of observational drawings, ideally using a range of media, monochrome and colour. Other work may comprise:

  • Painting (using a range of materials and techniques) on different supports
  • Printmaking
  • Collage
  • Graphic design projects
  • Photography
  • Ceramics (bulky objects may be photographed)
  • Sculpture

Students should be prepared to take part in a drawing exercise which will be prepared and introduced by a member of staff. Students will also be expected to discuss their work during a short interview. Students awarded a scholarship should expect to study GCSE or A level Fine Art or Ceramics, as appropriate.


The Governors of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are committed to broadening access to the schools by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with payment of school fees.  Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of the applicants, including the number of children in the family. Pupils holding bursaries may also be given help with travel and other expenses.

More info on bursaries and family fee support

Learning Support

The school is committed to educating all pupils who are able to take up a place at the school and to offering all pupils a balanced and stimulating curriculum which is accessible to all, whatever their profile and needs.  We aim to treat each girl as an individual with her own talents, strengths, aptitudes and preferences and we encourage teachers to employ a variety of teaching methods and approaches in order to support the needs of all.  It is understood that relatively low current attainment indicates a need for differentiation in the short-term but does not entail low, long-term expectations.

The aim of Learning Support at Monmouth School for Girls is to help girls progress and achieve their potential.  The level of support is carefully administered from Year 7 to Year 13 and may be increased, reduced or stopped according to progress made. The key to effective support is regular testing, careful monitoring and open communication between girls, staff and parents at all times.

A comprehensive and rigorous monitoring system enables us to identify pupils who need extra support, be that temporary or for a longer period of time. Such needs might include:

  • Organisational problems
  • Study skills problems
  • Spelling difficulties
  • Sensory and physical needs
  • Mild, specific, learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia)
  • Mild Asperger syndrome or mild autism spectrum disorders

There is a variety of people who step in to help pupils who are identified as needing support and programmes are tailor-made to meet the individual pupil’s needs. At GCSE and A level, where appropriate, we make access arrangements for public examinations.