Admissions: Senior School

Process change for September 2021 and 2022

COVID-19 has caused an extended period of lockdown and school closures during 2020 and 2021. During this period many pupils have missed a significant amount of schooling. In these unprecedented circumstances OLA has taken the decision to adapt its admissions approach to ensure that no child is at a disadvantage in applying to the school due to loss of education time.

For 2021 and 2022 there will be no written entrance examination for entry to OLA Senior School. Assessment will be based on an online admissions interview, school report and school reference.

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 into our Senior School is at age 11 (Year 7) and age 13 (Year 9).  However, 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 for September 2021 and 2022 entry on the basis of their performance in an admissions interview with a member of the Leadership Team, and the Report and Reference received from their previous school. For entry beyond September 22 pupils will be required to sit an Entrance Examination.

The interviews/examination for 11+ entry are held in November for admission the following September, but supplementary interviews/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. You can read our full Senior School Admissions Policy by clicking the button below.

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. A siblings fee reduction scheme is available. You can find out more in the Fees, Sibling Reduction Scheme and Funding Options section on this page.

Senior School Admissions Process

We encourage parents to visit our school before registering their children for admission, this provides an opportunity to tour our school and to meet our Principal. Parents are welcome to join us at one of our regular Open Mornings, or to make an individual appointment through our Admissions Office. Contact: or telephone 01235 544808.

Following the school visit, parents may register their child for admission by completing our Registration Form, Examination Entry Form (not required for September 21 entry) and paying the Registration Fee of £100. Details of how to make payment can be found on the registration form. The forms for completion are available for download below.

We ask parents to also provide a recent school report and (if relevant) SEN information for a Learning Support evaluation. We contact the child’s current school to obtain a reference.

Your completed registration form and supporting documents should be emailed to or posted to Admissions, Our Lady’s Abingdon School, Radley Road, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX14 3PS.

Offers and accepting a place

Pupils who fulfil all entry requirements will be offered a place. Parents are sent the offer pack to complete and should return all forms as quickly as possible to Admissions and pay the deposit of £500. We then confirm enrolment and provide a start date.


Pupils entering Year 7 or Year 9 can apply for a range of scholarships offered through the McAuley Scholarship Programme. Scholarships in Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport are available to Year 7 and Year 9 candidates.

Scholarship candidates must complete the relevant application forms and attend the scholarship examinations, interviews and auditions, in November preceding the year of entry. You can find out more about OLA Scholarships on the link below.

Fees, Sibling Reduction Scheme and Funding Options

We 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. A siblings fee reduction scheme and bursaries are available. Click the buttons below to find out more.