In year admissions

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School welcomes applications to the school for in-year entry. The school is usually over-subscribed and, should the school not be in a position to offer a place, a waiting list is held, ranked in accordance with our oversubscription critera, which can be viewed in the Admissions Policy. From time to time, places will become available due to change of circumstance or relocation.

How to apply

Application is via the In Year Admission Form (IYAF) which can be found here. Please send the completed form to The Admissions Team at the school address or email If applying from abroad, please note, your child must be resident within the UK to sit the entrance tests (unless a Crown Servant).

All applicants are expected to sit entrance tests to assess suitability for selective education at TWGGS; the Admissions Office will contact you, when processing the application, with the testing arrangements. Tests are usually held over one or two consecutive mornings, depending on the year group applying for.

A hard copy of the information about in-year applications is available from the school upon request.



The in-year testing dates for 2023-24 are as follows:



Tuesday 19th September 2023 (Day 1)

Wednesday 20th September 2023 (Day 2)



Thursday 29th November 2023 (Day 1)

Friday 30th November 2023 (Day 2)



Thursday 1st February 2024 (Day 1)

Friday 2nd February 2024 (Day 2)


APRIL 2024

Monday 29th April 2024 (Day 1)

Tuesday 30th April 2024 (Day 2)


JULY 2024

Monday 1st July 2024 (Day 1)

Tuesday 2nd July 2024 (Day 2)


All year groups will sit Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT4) in Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Spatial Ability. Applicants will also be asked to sit subject tests as follows:

Years 7 & 8 (Day 1) Year 9 (Tests spread over days 1 & 2) Year 10 (Tests spread over days 1 & 2)
English English English
Maths Maths Maths
Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish)
  Science Science
    Humanities (Geography or History)

Parents will be notified of the test results and the outcome of their application in writing within 10 school days. The results of the CAT tests will be shown as a Stanine score. The Stanine places the pupil's score on a scale of 1 (low) to 9 (high) and offers a broad overview of their performance. Achieving a Stanine score of 8 or 9 is a pass, with a Stanine score of 7 being very borderline.



Any parent who has been refused a place for their daughter at Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School has a right to appeal against this decision, in accordance with section 2 of the School Admission Appeals Code. Parents who wish to lodge an appeal for an In-Year Admission should write to The Clerk to the Governors, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School, Southfield Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9UJ, clearly marked ‘APPEALS’ with reasons for their appeal.

Appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged; parents will be notified of the date, time and venue of the appeal 10 school days prior to the appeal, and of the outcome of the appeal within 5 working days of the appeal being heard. The Admissions Appeals procedure can be found here.


Moving Academic Year

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School will admit students into the appropriate academic year upon entry to the school. Pupils will not change academic year once they have joined unless there is extenuating medical evidence which would require this. Evidence would need to be provided by a suitability qualified professional and indicate that the pupil remaining in their current academic year group would have a serious and measurable impact on the health of that individual.


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