Entry at 11+
Bancroft’s is a selective school and entry is based on a child’s performance in our tests and interview. Before applying, please take time to read the information on this page. We also suggest that you visit us with your child before they sit the entrance exam. We hold open days in the summer and autumn terms as well as tour mornings during the autumn term.
11+ Admissions Journey for September 2023
|June, September or November 2022||Visit Bancroft’s for a tour or an Open Event|
|Wednesday 16 November 2022||Closing date for Bancroft’s to receive Initial Assessment of Income Forms (IAIF) for Assisted Places
|Thursday 1 December 2022||Closing date for completed registration forms and registration fees to be received
|Tuesday 10 January 2023||Testing Day at Bancroft's School|
|Saturday 28 January 2023||11+ interviews (by invitation only)|
|Thursday 16 February 2023||11+ offers sent out by email and post|
|Thursday 23 February 2023||11+ Offer Holders Event for parents and pupils (by invitation only)|
|Monday 6 March 2023||Closing date for acceptance of places|
|June||All new Thirds (Year 7s) invited to spend a day at Bancroft’s|
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 take place in the January before admission. Our entrance tests for September 2023 entry at 11+ (into Year 7) will be held on Tuesday 10 January 2023. Children sit three papers: an online reasoning test; a short English paper and a short maths test.
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 from the tests that they have the potential to thrive at Bancroft’s.
A copy of your child’s birth certificate or valid passport must be uploaded together with your registration form for all applications.
A non-returnable registration fee of £125 is required; once you have submitted the registration form, you will be emailed the link to our payment page.
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 this in line with our 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. You will find the IAIF is on the same link (above) as the Registration Form.
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.
Further information is available from our Admissions Team