Each September approximately 75 pupils - 50 boarders and 25 day girls - join us in LC1 (Year 7 / 11+) from junior schools across Gloucestershire, the UK and from around the world. They join one of our nine junior Houses (six boarding and three day) and are taught in mixed ability groups in most subjects, with specialist Lower College tutors to help them settle in and mentor them throughout their initial years at College.
Below is the process for applying to join LC1 (Year 7 / 11+) in September 2023. Subsequent years will follow a similar path and you should use this as an indicative timeline.
The deadline for joining College in September 2023 has now passed.
1. View our Virtual Tour and take part in a Virtual Open Day
Our virtual tour video, lasting 12 minutes, will give you and your family an insight into CLC, the wealth of opportunities available and how it may suit your daughter.
You can also sign up to a Virtual Open Day, which includes a presentation and live Q&A with the Principal, the Director of Admissions, members of staff and current students.
We would encourage you to submit a Registration Form as soon as you have decided College is an option for your daughter. This means we can keep in touch with you, invite you to relevant events and inform you of key deadlines as they approach.
The final deadline for submitting a Registration Form is:
- 1st May of Year 5 for bursary applications (1st May 2022 for applications to join in September 2023)
- 1st July of Year 5 for standard applications (1st July 2022 for applications to join in September 2023)
If you're applying for a bursary, please visit ourbursary information pagewhich will explain the additional steps in the bursary application process.
3. VISIT US IN-PERSON
An in-person visit will help you to get a sense of College and to imagine your daughter as part of our community. A small number of Open Days per year are open to all and are listed on our website; other events are year group / admission year specific (such as our LC1 Experience Day), and details of these are emailed to the relevant registered families.
Pre-booking is required for all admissions visits and events.
Registered parents will be sent an Entrance Exam Form to complete.
It must be returned by 1st August before Year 6 (1st August 2022 for September 2023 entry). This confirms you want to go ahead with your daughter's application and enter her for the Assessment Day.
5. TAKE PART IN AN ASSESSMENT DAY
It is important for us to meet all our candidates as part of the application process, and Year 7 candidates are required to attend an Assessment Day.
On this day, your daughter will undertake Maths and English papers, group discussions and team activities, and she will be able to ask questions about life at CLC and discover the broad range of activities available to our pupils.
For September 2023 entry, the sessions are as follows:
- 10th, 11th and 14th October 2022: In-person Assessment Day at CLC
- 12th October 2022: Virtual Assessment Days for overseas candidates unable to attend in-person due to travel restrictions
A Briefing Paper summarising the subject knowledge and skills we assess is available each year, as is a copy of the previous year’s English entrance paper.
Places are offered in mid-November of Year 6 (by 18th November 2022 for September 2023 entry).
Our team of assessors review each candidate’s performance across the entrance papers, her engagement and participation during the Assessment Day, and the reference we request from her current Head Teacher.
7. TAKE PART IN A SCHOLARSHIP DAY
In the February of Year 6 (February 2023 for September 2023 applicants), the girls with the strongest performance in the entrance exams will be invited to participate in further assessments and interviews for an Academic Scholarship. Auditions for short-listed Music Scholarship applicants also take place the same week.
Our scholarships do not carry fee remission, but those who earn the title of Scholar will benefit from our bespoke Scholarship Programme.
8. ACCEPT YOUR PLACE
You will have until thebeginning of March in Year 6 (1st March 2023 for September 2023 entry) to accept your place and pay the acceptance fee and deposit.
In June of Year 6, parents will receive confirmation of their daughter's House, and access to an online portal containing our joining information. Some of this information is for you to read at your leisure, other items have forms which require a response by a set date (for example, requests for music or drama lessons, medical forms, etc).
During the last few weeks of the Summer Term, you'll have contact with your new Housemistress and be invited to spend some time in your new House.
10. START COLLEGE!
The time has finally arrived...
Arrangements vary each year, but new students tend to arrive a day or two before our returning students to give them a chance to find their bearings before term properly begins.