Our Lady's Abingdon - Welcome to Admissions

Welcome to Admissions

Applying to Our Lady's Abingdon

Admissions Process

We want to make the process of joining us straightforward and easy to understand.

Please read the brief introduction to the entry point you are considering below and then click the Find Out More button to discover all you need to know to start your OLA journey.

If at any stage you are unsure of what to do next or have questions, we are here to help.

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Lower School – admission into Year 3, 4, 5 or 6

Our Lower School begins at Key Stage 2 (Year 3).  Children in our Lower School benefit from access to many of our Senior School facilities and expert teaching staff in addition to having their own Form Tutor for each Year Group.  Progress into Year 7 at OLA for our Lower School pupils is entrance examination free providing parents and children with a pathway right through to OLA 6th.

Find out more about admission into our Lower School

Senior School – admission into Year 7, 8, 9 or 10

The main intake of boys and girls into our Senior School is at age 11 (Year 7) and age 13 (Year 9). However, pupils may be accepted into most Year Groups where there is availability. Admission partway through GCSE and A-level courses is only possible in very exceptional circumstances.

For entry from September 2022 onwards we have developed an assessment process that is kinder to your child whilst yielding in-depth information for our admissions decisions. Our new process uses a test designed to identify each child’s potential and aptitude for learning, not simply their current performance. This gives us a deeper understanding of each individual child; whilst also minimising the impact of lost learning due to Covid-19. Our move away from formal written assessments in large examination halls provides a kinder and less daunting experience for your child.

International Candidates

International pupils, and British pupils joining us from overseas education, will undergo a modified assessment process.  This allows us to assess pupils’ English language skills and learning levels, and to plan tailored support for each child.

OLA 6th admission

For entry into our Sixth Form (OLA 6th), students are expected to gain at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 – 6 (A* to B). Grade 6 (B) or above is normally required in the subjects they wish to study at A-level. This does not apply for subjects that they have not studied below the Sixth Form. Students not achieving a minimum of GCSE Grade 4 (C) in Maths or English Language will be asked to re-sit these subjects.

Find out more about admission into OLA 6th

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