Entry at 11+

Registrations for 11+ entry in September 2023 have now closed. We will be accepting registrations for 2024 from spring 2023.

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+ Information Booklet

11+ Admissions Journey for September 2023

June, September or November 2022Visit Bancroft’s for a tour or an Open Event
Wednesday 16 November 2022Closing date for Bancroft’s to receive Initial Assessment of Income Forms (IAIF) for Assisted Places
Thursday 1 December 2022Closing date for completed registration forms and registration fees to be received
Tuesday 10 January 2023Testing Day at Bancroft's School
Saturday 28 January 202311+ interviews (by invitation only)
Thursday 16 February 202311+ offers sent out by email and post
Thursday 23 February 202311+ Offer Holders Event for parents and pupils (by invitation only)
Monday 6 March 2023Closing date for acceptance of places
JuneAll new Thirds (Year 7s) 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

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.


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; once you have submitted the registration form, you will be emailed the link to our payment page.

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.

Admissions Enquiries

Further information is available from our Admissions Team





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