Senior School

Senior School Admissions

Our Senior School is selective and one of the best schools in Hampshire. We invite you to meet the Headmaster and have a tour of the School before you apply.

Entry to Year 7

If you decide to register your child will be invited to sit an entrance examination in the January proceeding the September that they will join the school. We will request a confidential report from the Headteacher of your child’s current school.

Entry for Years 8, 9, 10

This depends on there being a vacancy in the year group. Candidates sit an entrance examination and their present school is asked to send a report.

For information about entry into the Senior School please contact:

Mrs Pigott, the Admissions Registrar

Call: 01420 82070

Open Days

Alton School will hold Open Days in October and April. Our next Open Days are:

  • Friday 13th October 2017 between 09.30 and 12.00
  • Friday 9th March 2018 between 09.30 and 12.00
  • Saturday 28th April between 10.00 and 13.00

These days will include a welcome by the Headmaster and pupil led tours around the campus. It will be an opportunity to talk to teachers and get a real feel for the school. If you wish to attend an Open Day please register your interest at

Book an individual visit

We offer individual school tours, by a sixth former and interviews with Mr Maher, the Headmaster during term time.

If you wish to book a visit please contact Mrs Pigott, the Admissions Register on 01420 82070 or email

Entry into Year 7

Once you have registered or expressed an interest in the school details will be placed on our database and you and your child will be invited to the following transition events:

Taster Day – for pupils in Year 5 – May
Open Evening – for pupils in Year 6 – September
Friendship & Experience Day – for pupils in Year 6 – October

Registration Form

Completing a Registration Form, you are expressing an interest in your child sitting the entrance exam and this is the first step towards applying for a place at Alton Senior School.

Once we have received a completed Registration Form and Fee, we will write to acknowledge receipt and confirm that your child will be invited to the sit the entrance exam in the January proceeding the September entry.

Transferring to the Senior School from the Prep department

Pupils in the Prep school are not required to register for the Senior school. In the October proceeding the entrance exam, Year 6 parents will be asked if they wish to enter their child for the exam and they will be required to complete an entry form and pay a £25 administration fee. Mr Maher, the Headmaster is very happy to see Prep school parents regarding their child’s senior education. Please contact Mrs Pigott who will be happy to organise a meeting, as well as a tour of the senior school.

To apply for a place, you will need to register your child by the end of October for entry the following September.  Once registered, we will be in contact with you to arrange for you and your child to come in for a meeting with the Headmaster.  In early November all registered children will be invited to sit the entrance examination, which takes place on Saturday 13th January 2018 between 09.30 and 13.15.  If this date presents a problem the alternative is Tuesday 16th January 2018 at the same time.

You will be required to complete an entry form and return this with a £25 administration fee. Scholarship and bursaries details are sent to all registered applicants at this time.  A place will be offered to your child based on his or her performance in the entrance examination, which consists of English, Mathematics  (based on the National Curriculum) and Verbal Reasoning (samples of which can be obtained from any good bookshop).

By the end of January we will have written to you either offering your child a place or not based upon her performance and school records. If he or she has done exceptionally well they might be asked to return to sit the Scholarship paper. At the time of offer you will also be made aware of any scholarships that have been awarded and these stay in place throughout his or her schooling until the end of the Sixth Form.

If you wish to decline any offer made we will need notification in writing within 7 days.

In the term before entry, we will send the full joining instructions containing detailed information about entry to the school. If your child is joining Year 7 he or she will be invited to join us for an Induction Day in June.

In this pack will be information on uniform, the House the children have been placed in and other helpful tips and advice on starting senior school.

We usually invite all the Year 7s into school one day ahead of the whole school returning which gives them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their classrooms and their timetables without all the other pupils!

School transport will not operate on this day but we do encourage those using school transport to use this facility as soon as possible as it will help them meet other pupils.