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Join us at Nottingham High School

Each year we are excited to welcome a brand new cohort of students to the school – we would love for your child to be among them.

Junior School Admissions

We understand that making an application may be a big decision, but our process is simple and our Admissions team are here to support you each step of the way.

There are lots of considerations when deciding where to send your child to school, and different factors are important to different people. That’s why we ensure that there are plenty of opportunities during the admission process to find out more about the school, whether that be by browsing our prospectus, chatting with our Admissions team, coming along for an Open Event or having a private tour.

The first step in the process is submitting an online enquiry, which you can do here. At this point you can also sign up for an event, request a tour or order a prospectus pack. There’s no obligation to continue with an application at this stage, it is just an opportunity to find out more information about the school and request a visit if you so choose. We recommend doing this as soon as possible if you think you may be interested in joining us, as we will then be able to keep you up-to-date with deadlines and upcoming events that may be of interest.



Complete our online enquiry form to register your interest. We will then send you more information about the school and provide an application form.



Fill out and submit your application form. This will register your child for our next Entrance Assessment.



Your child will sit our Entrance Assessment and offers will be made to successful candidates
shortly afterwards.


Date Information
Before October 2023 Submit your online enquiry form so that we have your details on record and can send you an application form or arrange for you to visit the school. We recommend doing this before September so that you can join us for our September Open Morning.
November 1st 2023 Deadline for submitting an application if you wish to apply for a bursary (Year 7 entry only)
December 1st 2023 Deadline for submitting an application for a full fee-paying place.

To ensure that your child is guaranteed the opportunity to sit our entrance assessment we will require your application by November or December of the year before entry. These are the deadlines for entry to the School in September 2024.

Our main entrance assessments take place in January, so we require all applications ahead of that time in order to make arrangements for the children to sit the assessment.

We can usually accept later applications, particularly from parents that are relocating to the area, so if you have missed the deadline please do still get in touch. However please be aware that late assessments will be offered at the discretion of the Headmaster, and are only offered if there are places available after the January assessment. For this reason we recommend you get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in applying for a place for your child.


Infant School Entry

The Infant School educates children from Reception to Year 2, and welcomes new pupils at all year groups subject to availability.

The main entry point is Reception. As part of the admissions process, we host a range of fun activities such as ‘Show and Tell Sessions’ and a ‘Stay and Play Morning’, to ensure the suitability of our setting for your child

Admission to the School in Year 1 and Year 2 follows an admissions process to evaluate skills in numeracy and literacy, as well as your child’s potential for learning. All the work is set at National Curriculum ability levels appropriate for the age group. Your child may then be invited back for a final classroom-based assessment.


Junior School Entry

Nottingham High Junior School educates children from Year 3 to Year 6, and welcomes new pupils at all year groups subject to availability.

The Junior School admissions process assesses your child’s ability in the core subjects of Mathematics and English, including reading, along with some measures of general ability. The work is set at National Curriculum ability levels appropriate for the age group and these assessments should be seen as a positive opportunity for your child to show their ability.

A member of staff will also spend some time in an informal interview with your child, where we will be looking for their ability to listen and speak freely with enthusiasm on a variety of topics of their choice. Spending the day in the Junior School environment will give staff the opportunity to assess your child socially as well as within the working environment.


Senior School Entry

Nottingham High Senior School educates children from Year 7 to Year 11, and welcomes new students in Years 7-10 subject to availability.

The main entry point to the Senior School is Year 7, but there is also the opportunity to join the School in Years 8-10 subject to places being available. Please do bear in mind that bursaries and scholarships are only available to students joining us in Year 7, so there is no financial assistance available to those starting in other year groups.

Entrance to Nottingham High School is by assessment. Our main entrance assessments take place in January, consisting of a verbal and non-verbal Reasoning test done on a computer, a Mathematics paper and an English paper. Following on from this, a selection of students are invited in for an interview and the final offers are made in the following fortnight.

Sixth Form Admissions

Sixth Form Entry

The Sixth Form at Nottingham High School educates students in Year 12 and 13, and welcomes new students into Year 12.

Joining the Sixth Form is by interview and on the basis of academic achievement at GCSE. Applicants are invited to interview following a report from their current school indicating their predicted GCSE grades. The likely offer made, following a successful interview, will be conditional on a minimum of 5 A / 7 grades, with A / 7 grades in the subjects to be taken in the Sixth Form.

Open Days

Open Day Visitors

The best way to find out more about Nottingham High School is to come along and visit us.

We have an array of opportunities for both parents and children to explore the school, meet teachers and current pupils, and get involved in lots of fun and interesting activities along the way. If you’re considering applying for a place we highly recommend coming along for a visit to get a feel for the school and ask any questions you might have about any aspect of school life here.

Financial Assistance


There are a number of different types of financial assistance available at Nottingham High School.

Our bursary provision enables us to offer a number of fee-assisted places to children based on parental income, and we also offer academic and music scholarships for gifted musicians and top performers in the entrance assessment. Please be aware that Bursaries and Scholarships are only available when applying for a Year 7 place. Then, subject to ongoing assessment of finances, any bursary or scholarship awarded continues throughout the child’s time at Nottingham High School.

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