There are 144 pupils in year 7 (11+), divided into six forms of 24. 48 pupils move up into year 7 (11+) , where they are joined by 96 successful year 7 (11+) pupils.

Registration for September 2024 is now closed.

Changes to the year 7 (11+) entry process

Before 2017, Emanuel had a cap on the number of applications being made to the school. Since 2017, we have not had such a limit on applications, and we have maintained our long-held intention to interview every child making an application. These interviews have always been held before the formal written assessments. In the last few years, we have found that the number of pupils applying to enter the application process has placed significant strain on the interview processes. We have also questioned whether it has been the very best experience for the pupils and their parents.

What will the new entry process look like?

For pupils applying for September 2024 entry, the assessment timeline will be as shown in the ‘key dates’ below. We will still plan to interview a high percentage of those applying to the school, probably more than many schools, yet these interviews will come after the formal written assessments and be dependent on a pupil’s performance in the entrance exams.

We have added a group experience in addition to the interview. This is designed to allow the pupils to demonstrate their creative skills and their ability to work effectively as a member of a small team. We are hopeful that the children will find this element of the assessment process enriching and enjoyable.

Those pupils who do well enough in the exams to be considered for an academic scholarship will take part in a slightly different interview process that will also include a small group experience. As well as a general interview, they will also meet with a member of the English and the Maths department.

Pupil Focused

As always, we will make sure every part of the process is as positive and helpful as it can be for young people applying to our school.

Key dates for year 7 (11+) 2024 entry

From September 2023: Scholarship and bursary forms become available to download from the school website on this page. Please do not submit a scholarship or bursary application before registering the candidate.

Friday 13th October 2023, midday: Deadline for acceptance of registrations.

Friday 13th October 2023, midday: Deadline for receipt of educational psychologist reports (if applicable), which are required to assess if a candidate qualifies for extra time or the use of a computer in the entrance exams.

Friday 13th October 2023, midday: Deadline for receipt of a copy of the applicant’s end of year 5 school report. Please note this is not sent by the primary/prep school – it must be sent by the parents and can be posted as soon as it is received. Please do not scan and email as a hard copy is required.

Friday 10th November 2023: Deadline for receipt of scholarship and fee assistance applications. All sections of the application must be received by this date, including references.

Friday 1st December 2023: Year 7 (11+) entrance exam. Details of exact timings will be sent in November. There will be a reserve date – please enquire about this if needed.

Saturday 20th January 2024, Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th January 2024: Interview and group experience. Invitations to attend will be sent via email in early January.

Thursday 8th February 2024: Offer letters sent by first class post.

Tuesday 20th – Thursday 22nd February 2024: Offer holder events.

Tuesday 5th March 2024: Acceptance deadline.

Year 7 (11+) entrance exam

All applicants will sit the following entrance exams:

  • Maths (1 hour)
  • English (1 hour)
  • Verbal reasoning (30 minutes)

Friendly tips for a smooth application process

Please ensure that the contact details we hold (especially email) are up to date. Please ring the admissions office to check if in doubt, otherwise there is a risk you will miss crucial information which is sent via email. The offers are sent by post; if you move address, please let us know or the letter will be sent to an old address.

When possible, please submit with good time before a deadline. There may be a delay in acknowledgement due to a last minute rush.

If you wish to withdraw a candidate, please email the admissions office and we can remove them from the list.

Exam concessions

If you are seeking special exam arrangements of any kind (including extra time or use of a computer), the child’s educational psychologist’s report must be sent in when requested. This must be under two years old.

Exam concession requests are reviewed in line with the requirements of the ‘Joint Council for Qualifications’; they will only be awarded if the pupil would be granted the concessions in external formal exams. The headmaster’s decision on exam concession requests is final. The school will confirm in writing which, if any, special arrangements will be made for the candidate. Candidates must bring the letter of confirmation to the entrance exam.

If your child has an educational psychologist’s report you must supply this information if you accept the offer of a place.

Specimen papers

Year 7 (11+) English

Yera 7 (11+) Maths (paper 1)

Year 7 (11+) Maths (paper 2)

Year 7 (11+) Maths topic list 

There are no specimen verbal reasoning papers available. We have devised our own verbal reasoning exams based on GL assessment papers, which are available to purchase online or in many bookshops.

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