11+ Entry Examinations

Key Dates for September 2018 (Year 7) entry

Saturday 13 January 2018 – 11+ Entrance Examination
Saturday 13 January 2018 – Music/Sports/Art/Drama Scholarship assessments
Monday 29 January 2018 – Results posted to parents
Monday 5 March 2018 – School notified of acceptance of place


Registration for 11+ Entrance Tests

Please contact our Registrar on 01872 272904 if you would like your daughter to sit the 11+ Entrance Examination 2018.

If it’s a last minute decision please just come along to the dining hall at 8.30am where you will be met by our Registrar who will ask you to register your daughter (and pay a £75 registration fee) there and then. Your daughter will then be able to sit the papers alongside the other candidates.

11+ Entrance Examination – The Big Day!

On the day you will bring your daughter to the school at 8.30am. She should report to the dining hall. Your daughter should wear home clothes.

Your daughter will be greeted by the Deputy Head (Pastoral), Miss Deb Freeman on arrival and we would then be grateful if parents could leave the school returning at 12.45pm.

The Examination

All girls sit the same papers. Our Prep 6 girls still sit our 11+ entrance examination so that we can establish where they ‘sit’ in the new Year 7 cohort and for Academic Scholarship assessment.

Examination papers include questions covering a range of difficulty: the most taxing elements are designed to enable us to choose the girls to whom academic scholarships may be offered. We do not provide past papers as we are keen to see what the girls know rather than what they have been coached to know!

Your daughter will need to bring a pencil, pen, ruler, eraser, protractor and a pair of compasses.

There are two parts to the Examination:

1. English Examination – One hour
The entrance examination for English is designed to assess the candidate’s ability in attainment targets as designated by the National Curriculum, i.e. reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and presentation.

The examination consists of a comprehension piece and an essay. Candidates will be required to read a passage and answer questions on it to test their understanding. Specific questions on vocabulary may be included. Girls will then be asked to choose an essay from a list of topics and write as much as they can in the time available. Although there are no formal questions on grammar, spelling or punctuation included in the examination, all these aspects are taken into account when marking the work, in order to determine the candidate’s overall level of achievement.

2. Mathematics Examination – One hour
Candidates will be asked to sit a single paper. All the questions will conform with the National Curriculum in Mathematics. Calculators will not be permitted. While it is not possible to examine all aspects of the National Curriculum, questions will be chosen from the following:

  • addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of numbers up to 1000
  • understanding remainders – rounding up and down – and making estimates
  • units of length, capacity and weight
  • monetary calculations
  • explaining number patterns and predicting subsequent numbers
  • the use of a symbol to stand for an unknown number
  • inverse operations
  • sorting and classifying 2D and 3D shapes
  • building 3D shapes. Volumes by counting cubes
  • drawing 2D shapes. Area by counting squares
  • comparing and ordering objects
  • recognition of squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, hexagons, pentagons, cubes, cuboids, cylinders, spheres
  • recognition of right angles
  • types of movement – translation, rotation and reflection
  • angle as a measurement of turning
  • symmetry in a variety of shapes in 2D and 3D
  • the eight points of the compass
  • appreciation of the terms “clockwise” and “anti-clockwise”
  • selecting criteria for sorting data
  • ordering data in accordance with criteria
  • interpreting and representing data using bar charts and pictograms
  • recognition of degrees of uncertainty about the outcome of some events
  • understanding of the terms “certain”, “uncertain”, “impossible”