How to apply for Senior School at Rye St Antony

The transition from Prep to Senior School is a hugely important milestone for your child and here at Rye we aim to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.

Girls who are currently in our Prep School do not need to take an extra examination as they are assessed on their current progress. Prep School and Senior School staff liaise closely to ensure continuity and progression. All pupils from our Prep School, and those joining us from externally,  are invited to a Year 7 Induction Afternoon in the June before they are due to start Senior School.

Dates for 11+ (at entry to Year 7) Scholarships Applications and Year 7 Entrance Day

Closing date for entries: 5 November 2020
Examinations: 19 November 2020
Auditions and Interviews: 26 November 2020

The day will consist of the following:

  • One hour entrance examination papers in Mathematics and English
  • Activities giving a taste of Year 7
  • Meeting with the Head and members of staff

Taster days are encouraged for 11+ applicants. The day will be spent with a current Year 7 class.

Dates for 13+ (at entry to Year 9) and Sixth Form (at entry to Year 12) Scholarships

Closing date for entries: mid-January 2021
Examinations: January 2021 – dates to be advised
Auditions and Interviews: Late January 2021

Please note, these dates are subject to change as we continue to monitor the government guidance in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic

Applicants for 12+ and 14+ entry

12+ and 14+ applicants are invited to take an entrance examination alongside an interview with the Head or a senior member of staff. Taster days are encouraged. The day will be spent with the applicant’s current year.

International applicants to the Senior School will be required to take entrance examinations either at their current school, recognised agency, or other approved establishment. If applying for the GCSE programme (Years 10 and 11), we would expect applicants to be working towards or having passed the Cambridge First Certificate or have IELTS 5/6.

Senior places are offered on the strength of the entrance examinations and interview with the  Head or a senior member of staff. References from the applicant’s current school will be requested.

If you are applying for a boarding place for your daughter, there is the option of an overnight stay. This provides the perfect way to sample what Senior boarding life is like at Rye and we do recommend this.

To find out more about our Senior School admissions process or for any questions you may have, please get in touch with our Registrar, Fern Williams on 01865 762802 or email her at

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Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here