Tormead is an independent, selective day school for girls, with over 750 pupils between the ages of 4 and 18. To register your daughter, please complete a Registration Form.

The main points of entry are at the ages of four (Reception), seven (Year 3), eleven (Year 7) and sixteen (Sixth Form).

Places occasionally become available in other year groups and we are pleased to consider applications at any stage. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Melanie Hobdey, for more information: or 01483 796040.

We aim to offer places to sisters of current pupils wherever possible, but we are looking above all for potential and for pupils who will thrive and be happy in Tormead’s stimulating environment.

As an academically selective school, an offer of a place is based on the results of the tests and/or interviews as detailed below, along with a reference from the pupil’s current school if applicable.

Reception (4+)

Assessments for Reception take place in November. Assessment takes the form of a party and the girls are observed by several members of staff as they do simple tasks and interact with each other. This assessment takes an hour.

Year 3 (7+)

The assessments take place in early January. The assessments for Year 3 involve testing in Mathematics, English and Reasoning. There are several parts to the tests, such as story writing, reading, spelling, etc., and the children will be with us all morning.

Year 7 (11+)

Candidates sit entrance examinations comprising English, Mathematics and Reasoning papers. Candidates are not interviewed but references and/or reports are obtained from each pupil’s current school.


The English Examination is 1 hour long. The examination is divided into two sections; the first section is designed to test the candidate’s ability to understand and respond to the content and language of an unseen piece of writing, and the second section is a piece of free writing.


The Mathematics Examination is 1 hour long and is based on the National Curriculum. We expect the girls to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, simple fractions and decimals. It is important that they are proficient in mental maths skills in order to work quickly and correctly; calculators are not allowed in Year 7 tests and examinations. We are looking for girls with the ability to reason and to apply these basic skills in order to solve problems involving, among other things, the use of charts, diagrams and tables.


The 45 minute Reasoning paper may include verbal and/or non-verbal reasoning questions.

Candidates for Music, Art or Sport Scholarships are invited back for interviews and practical tests, where appropriate.

Bursaries are available for entry at 11+ and 16+ and are dependent on parental income. Please refer to the Scholarship and Bursaries section for information.

It is usual for Junior School pupils to transfer to the Senior School unless there are concerns about progress. In such cases, discussions will have taken place with parents, enabling them to make alternative arrangements for their daughter’s secondary education.

Sixth Form (16+)

Entrants are normally expected to have a minimum of eight GCSE passes with at least five at grade 7 or above, with a 7 grade recommended for those subjects to be studied in Sixth Form. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Melanie Hobdey, for more information,

Conditional offers for a Sixth Form place are based upon a series of interviews with the candidate and a report from their current school, in the year preceding entry.

We also offer Sixth Form Scholarships and Bursaries.  Please refer to the Scholarship and Bursaries section for information.

Reports from Current Schools

We contact your child’s current school to request a brief confidential report on her academic and other achievements. A similar request is made to Nurseries and Play Groups for children joining our Reception Class.

If your daughter has been assessed by an Educational Psychologist, please attach the report to the Registration Form.

Joining Tormead

If your daughter joins us, we try to make her early days as smooth as possible. She will be invited to a New Girls’ Afternoon in June, giving her a chance to meet her Form Tutor and the girls who will be in her form. Each girl is allocated an Aunt from the current Year 8 who, along with the Head of Year 7 and the Form Tutors, will ensure that girls settle easily into the Senior School.