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 2024
|June, September or November 2023||Visit Bancroft’s for a tour or an Open Event|
|Wednesday 15 November 2023||Closing date for Bancroft’s to receive Initial Assessment of Income Forms (IAIF) for Assisted Places
|Friday 1 December 2023||Closing date for completed registration forms and registration fees to be received
|Tuesday 9 January 2024||Testing Day at Bancroft's School|
|Saturday 27 January 2024||11+ interviews (by invitation only)|
|Thursday 15 February 2024||11+ offers sent out by email and post|
|Thursday 22 February 2024||11+ Offer Holders Event for parents and pupils (by invitation only)|
|Monday 4 March 2024||Closing date for acceptance of places|
|June||All new Thirds (Year 7s) invited to spend a day at Bancroft’s|
What’s it like being 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 2024 entry at 11+ (into Year 7) will be held on Tuesday 9 January 2024. 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.
Registrations must be made using our online registration form.
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.
To have your child considered for an Assisted Place (a means tested place designed to support children from lower income families), please do not complete this registration form. Instead you should complete the Initial Assessment of Income Form.Please note we are currently in the process of reviewing the Initial Assessment of Income Form; an updated version will be available shortly. When we have ascertained whether you could qualify for an Assisted Place, we will then contact you to invite you to complete an assisted place registration form and pay a reduced registration fee of £20. The IAIF must be received by November 15 2023.
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