Senior School


      We welcome applications from pupils of all faiths and none who have the potential to make the most of the many educational opportunities on offer at OLA.

      Our entry process is designed to identify applicants who will thrive from the broad, balanced education that the school provides.


      Intake Periods

      The main intake of boys and girls is age 11 and Lower Sixth, although pupils may be accepted into any Year Group where there is availability. Admission partway through GCSE and A Level courses is only possible in very exceptional circumstances.


      Senior School Selection Criteria

      Pupils are selected on the basis of their performance in an Entrance Examination, a short interview with a member of the Leadership Team, and the Report received from their previous school.


      The examination for 11+ entry is held in January for admission the following September, but supplementary examinations are held as needed for late applicants and for places in other year groups if there is availability. If it is not possible to offer a place immediately, a pupil's name may be placed on a waiting list.


      OLA recognises the range of previous educational experiences of its applicants and takes this into account when offering places.


      We also recognise the wish of many families for siblings to be educated together. OLA will therefore always offer places to younger brothers and sisters as long as it is able to provide for their needs.

      Senior School Admissions Policy - Full Details


      Sixth Form Selection Criteria

      For entry to the Sixth Form, students are expected to gain at least 5 GCSEs at grades A* to B. Grade B or above is normally required in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. This does not, of course, apply for subjects that they have not studied below the Sixth Form. Students not achieving GCSE Grade C in Maths or English Language will be asked to re-sit these subjects.




      Each academic year, OLA makes available a range of Scholarship awards under the McAuley Scholarship Programme. The programme, which is named after our school founder, Catherine McAuley, recognises and supports students with exceptional talents, both in academic and extra-curricular activities. 

      Scholarship Details 


      Fees and Bursaries

      Fees and Bursaries details


      Contact the Admissions Department

      Mrs Rowan Knowles
      Direct Line - 01235 544808

      Assistant Registrar
      Mrs Allison Webb


      Key Admission Dates

      Year 6 Experience Days and Interviews: 4th - 8th November 2019

      Deadline for Scholarship Applications: 15th November 2019.

      Closing Date for registration forms: Friday 29th November 2019.

      Entrance Examination for 2020 Entry: Monday 6th January 2020.  

      Offer letters available: 19th January 2020.