Entrance Examinations

Everyone wishing to enter the school is required to undertake some form of assessment.


An assessment with play activities is used to determine whether the child is ready to benefit from the learning programme offered.

Junior School

In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 assessment is by play, informal activities and unstructured tasks.

Nursery and Junior School

Assessments by appointment

Year 3 

Candidates sit entrance papers in Mathematics, English and non-verbal reasoning.

Year 7

External candidates take entrance papers in Mathematics and English. All candidates being considered for a place are then interviewed. Girls in Howell's Junior School sit the examination so that they can be considered for a scholarship.

Year 8-11

Candidates take entrance examinations in Mathematics and English. On successful completion of the written papers, interviews are held with the Principal to assess communication skills and the ability to take advantage of all the school offers.

The Sixth Form College

Places are available for both boys and girls with the appropriate qualifications at GCSE. It is expected that students will achieve a range of at least six good grades at GCSE with an A*, A or B in the subjects they wish to take at AS/A2 level. We are used to our students achieving very good results, often the best in Wales. Almost all our students go on to Higher Education.

Entrance and Scholarship Examinations:

Students may take the Entrance Examination at other times but Scholarships will not be available.

For key admissions dates please click here.

For further information please contact Mrs Chrissie Hall-Davis, our Admissions Officer by email Admissions@how.gdst.net or Tel: 029 20261832

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Howell's School provides tremendous "value-added" in terms of public examination results, which are consistently higher than predicted in independent assessments.

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