Entry at 11+

We have now concluded our 11+ entry process for September 2021.

Registrations for 2022 entry are not yet open; entrance details and the registration form for 2022 entry will be posted here, when available. If you would like us to contact you when this information is available, please follow the link below:


11+ Admissions Timetable
June, September or November Visit Bancroft’s or attend an Open Event
15 NovemberClosing date for Bancroft’s to receive Initial Assessment of Income Form (IAIF) for Assisted Place
1 December Closing date for completed application forms and registration fees to be received
January Testing Day
Late January 11+ interviews (by invitation only)
February 11+ offers sent out by email and post
Late February11+ Offer Holders Event for parents and pupils (by invitation only)
MarchClosing date for acceptance of places
JuneAll new Thirds (Year 7) invited to spend a day at Bancroft’s

Entry Requirements

Entry at 11+ into Year 7 is on the basis of performance in entrance tests and at interview.

The purpose of our entrance processes is not to make Bancroft’s more academically selective, but to help us make offers to children we feel will benefit most from the education we offer.  We receive many more applications than we have places.  Some candidates may be placed on a waiting list following the examination and interview and may be offered places if vacancies arise.

Entrance Tests

We are very aware that children have experienced considerable disruption to their schooling and there have been considerable differences in their educational experiences during the pandemic.  To ensure children are not disadvantaged or under extra pressure, we have reviewed our entrance assessment process for September 2022.  Children will sit three papers in January 2022: an online reasoning test; a short English test and a short maths test. Sample papers are not currently available.


Children who perform well in the tests are called back for interview; reports from current schools are taken into account.  Members of our Senior School staff interview children. These interviews are primarily academic, and do not need any special preparation. It may be useful if children are able to talk about how they enjoy spending their time, and can describe any particular achievements or interests. We only interview children who have shown in the tests that they have the potential to thrive at Bancroft’s.


Registrations are made online and must be accompanied by a non-returnable registration fee of £125.  If you would like us to contact you when the registration form for September 2022 is available, please complete the short enquiry form below:


Please note that if you are applying for an Assisted Place you must first complete an Initial Assessment of Income Form (IAIF). We will then review the financial criteria and either invite you to register for an Assisted Place with a reduced fee, or invite you to register for a Fee-Paying place.

A copy of your child’s birth certificate must be uploaded together with your registration form for all applications.

Upon acceptance of a place, we require a £1000 deposit.  Please note that this deposit should be paid on-line.  We are unable to accept cash deposits. If in receipt of an Assisted Place, this deposit will also be means tested.

Entry at other stages

Places very occasionally become available at stages other than at 11+ or 16+. Please email our Admissions Office to enquire;

Admissions Enquiries

Further information is available from our Admissions Team


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