13+ Entry

We recognise that Year 9 is a key transition for pupils as they gear up to make GCSE option choices. There is usually a large entry into Year 9 for both day and boarding pupils.

We ensure that pupils integrate and settle quickly. With support and encouragement, we hope each pupil will seize every opportunity that the schools offer. It is a time when pupils can develop their sporting, musical, or artistic skills and there are numerous co-curricular activities to nurture and enhance their potential.

Although our application deadline for sport, music, dance and academic scholarships has now passed for 2021 entry, we are still very much welcoming all other applications for Year 9.

Entry assessment and scholarship interview dates for Year 9 entry will be during Monday 18th – Friday 22nd January 2021, or prior by arrangement. We will be in touch with any children preparing for these assessments and interviews immediately if there are changes due to any Covid-19 related government guidelines.


We welcome applications into Year 9 from different schools and the admissions process can vary.

ISEB Common Pre-Testing

Applicants who attend an IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) Prep School can be assessed using the ISEB (Independent Schools Examination Board) Common Pre-Tests during their time in Year 6 or Year 7.

These assessments, should the applicant be successful, will result in a confirmed offer for entry into Year 9. Information for parents about the ISEB Common Pre-Tests can be found here.

A further assessment may be carried out in Year 8 for setting purposes. The ISEB Common Pre-Tests are age-standardised and the tests are taken online in the candidate’s current school and consist of multiple-choice tests in Mathematics, English, and verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

In addition to the tests, all applicants will join us for an interview with Monmouth School for Girls’ Headmistress and we will also obtain a reference from their current school.

For those interested in a Scholarship/Award, these are to be applied for in Year 8 and the assessments will take place in the January of that academic year.

Entry tests at Monmouth School for Girls

An alternative option for applicants joining us from other schools is our online testing. This will take place during Year 8.

Applicants will be asked to complete our online test. This will test aptitude in Mathematics and English as well as cognitive abilities. The tests are adaptive, interactive and age-standardised, meaning no child is at a disadvantage. There is no required curriculum coverage before sitting the assessments and they cannot be revised for or tutored towards. The assessments will take place in comfortable surroundings and our aim is to reduce any anxiety throughout this process. Social distance requirements will be maintained and monitored.

Past papers or practice tests are unavailable.

All applicants will also be required to have an interview with Monmouth School for Girls’ Headmistress and we will also obtain a reference from their current school.


Various scholarships are available at 13+ (Year 9) entry levels for strong candidates, whether boarders or day pupils. Academic Scholarships are awarded on consideration of entrance examination results, interview and school report.

All candidates sitting our papers are automatically considered for academic scholarships.

All applications for Creative Arts, Music or Dance/Sport Scholarships should be made by letter to the Headmistress.

Find out more about our Scholarships here


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