Entry at 11+

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Important Dates for 11+ Entry September 2021

Wednesday 18 November 2020
Closing date for receipt of Initial Assessment of Income Form (IAIF) for Assisted Places
Tuesday 1 December 2020
Closing date for registrations for entry September 2021
Friday 11 December 2020
Closing date for letters of recommendation for Music Scholarships
Friday 15 January 2021*
11+ Entrance Exam
Monday 18, Tuesday 19  January 2021
11+ Music Scholarship  Assessments
Saturday 30 January 2021
11+ interview day (by invitation only)
Thursday 18 February 2021
Offers posted
Thursday 25 February 2021
Event for 11+ Offer Holders  – details TBC (by invitation only)


Thursday 4 March 2021 10.00 am
Closing date for acceptance of places

*We are still finalising arrangements for our 11+ exam day to ensure we run it in a Covid secure fashion.  We ask that you please  keep Saturday 16 January free as it may be that we need to use this day, in addition to Friday 15 January, in order to process all applicants,

Watch this video about our Admissions Process

Entry Requirements

Entry at 11+ into Year 7 is on the basis of performance in an entrance exam 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 Exam 2021

COVID-19 and 11+ Entrance Tests for September 2021

This year has been an extraordinary one in many ways and we are very aware that many year 6 children have experienced considerable disruption to their schooling and there have been considerable differences in their experiences during school closures.  To make sure that these children are not put at any disadvantage or under extra pressure, we are currently looking at our entrance process for September 2021. We are trying to find new ways in which we can get to know your children better and in which each child is able to demonstrate their potential,

We plan to introduce a new, untaught, on-line aptitude component into our testing process.  This will cover both verbal and non-verbal reasoning as well as some elements of maths and English.  This will sit alongside our tests in maths and English, both of which will be shorter.  All candidates will sit these 3 papers on Friday 15 January.  Please be reassured that any preparation which your child may already have undertaken will not be wasted.  As usual, we suggest that you look at examples of past papers with your children as preparation and encourage them to complete the papers under test conditions.  We do not have a sample of the on-line aptitude test available.  It is also likely that we will interview more children for 2021 entry.

As we have made changes to our testing for 2021, the papers children will sit in January 2021 will be necessarily different from our previous samples.   We have replaced our previous sample papers with ones which reflect more closely the 2021 tests.  Samples are available to download following the links above.

Candidates who do well in the written examination are invited for interview.


All children are tested on reading, understanding and writing.  The English paper lasts 45 minutes. It will cover the following:

Reading and Understanding (25 minutes):  The children are asked to read a passage or poem and answer questions on what they have read.  Some questions call for longer answers and there may also be multiple choice questions.  The answer booklet indicates the type of answer required.  Questions test a variety of skills including: understanding of the vocabulary, sentence structure and implied meaning.  There may be a longer question which asks the children to give their thoughts on an aspect of the text that they have read. They will be assessed on the quality of their points and the originality of their approach to the question.

Writing (20 minutes. 5 minutes planning and 15 minutes writing):  Children are given an essay title asking them to engage with an idea or topic that has been rasied in the passage or poem.

Marks are earned by writing relevantly and showing originality and accuracy; punctuation, spelling and grammar are all important here.  They are also awarded for how well their writing is organised and how interesting it is.


Candidates sit one paper, which lasts 45 minutes. A ruler and pencil will be needed, but not a calculator.

Questions cover numeracy, problem solving and shape and space, and should be broadly accessible to children who are working towards level 5 at Key Stage Two.  Questions are in increasing order of difficulty; some of the later questions may include elements from level 6 and include difficult, non-standard problems. We try to make these problems original yet accessible to mathematically talented children. Children should complete as much of the paper as they can.

If we make any further change to the January 2021 tests they will be posted here.


Children who are familiar with the format of the Key Stage Two tests should not need further preparation .

Children who are likely to cope comfortably with mathematics at Bancroft’s should only need an experience of solving problems under timed conditions.  Excessive coaching can be counter-productive in the longer term.  Some of the maths questions are designed to test how children cope with unfamiliar problems, and it is not intended that they should be taught any particular methods to prepare for this.


Children who perform well in the examination are called back for interview; reports from current schools are taken into account.

Members of our Senior School staff interview pairs of 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 the potential to thrive at Bancroft’s in the examination.



Registrations should be accompanied by a non-returnable registration fee of £125 together with your registration form.  Please note that if you are only applying for an Assisted Place and fulfil the necessary financial criteria, the registration fee is reduced to £20.  A copy of your child’s birth certificate must be sent together with your registration form and fee.

Candidates who only apply for an Assisted Place will not be considered for fee-paying places, even if their performance in the examination is good enough to have earned them a place in the School.

If you indicate on the Registration Form your interest for your child to be considered for an Assisted Place or Music Scholarship, an Initial Assessment of Income Form (IAIF) and/or Music Scholarship Application Form will also need to be completed.  Please follow the links to these forms on our 11+ registration page.

Offers will be posted on 18 February 2021 for entry September 2021.  A £1000 deposit is payable on acceptance of a place; this sum is credited to your final account. Please note that from entry September 2021 onwards the deposit should be paid on-line; we are unable to accept cash payments.

Visit our 11+ Virtual Open Event Page

Admissions Enquiries

If you wish to enquire about admissions to Bancroft’s, please complete the form below.

Further information is available from our Admissions Registrar, Mrs Stephanie Wallis:

0208 506 6761

A large print version of our 11+ admissions information can also be obtained from the above contact details.

Entry at 13+ and other stages

Pupils may be considered for entry at stages other than at 11+ or 16+ if we have spaces available in their year groups.  All applicants will  follow a testing process suitable for their year group and be interviewed.  We currently do have a number of fee paying places available for 13+ and 12+ entry joining us in September 2021; please see the appropriate page of our website for more details:

Admissions at 13+ and 12+


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11+ and 7+ Registrations

Please note the closing date for registrations for 7+ and  11+ entry in September 2021 is 1 December 2020.