Bancroft’s is an academic, co-educational, day school and admission at all stages is by means of written tests. We are looking for bright, naturally inquisitive children who will take full advantage of the range of opportunities we provide. Every year we receive more applications than we have places. Some children may be placed on a waiting list following the entrance tests and may be offered places if vacancies arise.
Our pupils come from a diverse mix of backgrounds and we greatly value our multi-ethnic and multi-faith community, believing it to be an ideal nurturing ground for our future society, developing understanding and respect for individuality and for those around us.
We have two main admissions points: at 7+ into Bancroft’s Prep (into Year 3, Alphas) and at 11+ (into Year 7, Thirds). In addition, we admit smaller a small number of pupils at 16+ (into Year 12, Lower Sixth). Occasionally a small number of pupils join us at 13+ (into Year 9). Places may sometimes become available at other ages as families move out of the area. It is most unlikely that we would accept new pupils into years 6, 11 or 13.
We have spaces in the Prep School for 66 pupils at 7+ (Year 3,). Entrance is by our own competitive test, held in January of the year of entry. Candidates are invited into the Prep School for testing on two separate occasions. Pupils join us from a very wide range of independent and state schools.
At 11+ (into year 7), we recruit around a further 60 pupils, again from a very wide range of schools. Entrance is by our own competitive exam, held in January of the year of entry, with papers in English and Maths. We invite children who show promise in the written papers for interview. They are joined our year 6s (Prep 2s) from the Prep School to make up our Third Form.
We recruit up to 20 pupils at 16+ to join the Lower Sixth (Year 12): these come from a wide range of independent and state schools. Entrance is by our own competitive exam, held in November of the year before entry i.e. at the beginning of Year 11; candidates select two papers from a list of subjects Bancroft’s offers at A Level. They also sit a Thinking Skills paper, which tests problem solving and other thinking skills. Places are awarded conditionally, and candidates are expected to achieve a minimum level of achievement at GCSE.
Asssisted Places and Scholarships
The school offers a number of Assisted Places at these three entry points. Assisted Places support pupils of high ability whose parents can provide evidence that they might not otherwise be able to afford the full school fee. The places are awarded on the results of the entrance examinations with school reports and interviews playing an important part.
We award Academic and Music Scholarships at 11+ and 16+ as part of the entrance process. There is no remission of fees attached to any Scholarships. Sports, Art and Drama Scholarships are available to pupils once they have joined the school. Although there is no fee remission for Music Scholarships, the school will cover music lessons for either one or two instruments with our Visiting Music Teachers.
Please see the relevant webpages for full details of admissions at each point.