Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 6 months to go

The 11+ Countdown: 6 Months to Go


With six months to go, and the end of the school year approaching, the pressure is certainly starting to build! Parents are being invited to 11+ sessions, the children themselves can feel the approach of Year Six, and tutors are working hard to help children with their exam technique.


But what needs to be the main focus right now? Quite simply, the answer is school choices.


Many application deadlines are September and October, but some are perilously close! The Westminster deadline (for entry at 13), is just a couple of weeks away.


From your child’s Year Five school reports, and meetings with your child’s teacher, you will most likely already have an idea of the schools that you would like your child to sit entrance exams for, and many will already have attended open days and other introductory events. If you haven’t sat down and made the list, it is very important that this is done now!


The question I am most often asked is, ‘How many schools should we apply to.’ In truth, there is not a simple answer to this question and it very much depends on two things:


  1. How your child copes in stressful situations

  2. How competitive the schools are that you’re applying to


The first of these points is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be. Applying to six schools could result in your child sitting eighteen separate ‘assessments’: many schools have pretests and interviews, as well as the main entrance examinations. Every child experiences stress and, in my experience, there are few children who can cope with six school applications.


On the other hand, not every school has pretests alongside the main exams and are less competitive (by this I mean that there are fewer children sitting for each place and the tests are, relatively, less difficult). In this instance, a higher number of applications is likely to be less stressful for students (and the parents taking them to all of these exams).


So, I would recommend that parents think about the number of applications that would be appropriate for their child and the types of secondary school that would be the best ‘fit’ (not all schools place an equal value on sport, music, drama etc.- if your child is particularly gifted in these areas, research schools carefully!)


A selection of schools, and their application deadlines, are detailed below. (These dates are as displayed on the schools’ own websites and are correct as of 25/06/17).



Boys’ Schools

Westminster (13+ entrance) July 2017

King’s College School (11+ entrance) Thursday 16th November 2017

St Paul’s School (11+ entrance) Wednesday 8th November 2017

City of London School (11+ entrance) 17th November 2017

Dulwich College (11+ entrance) Friday 17th November 2017

Merchant Taylors’ School (11+ scholarship and bursary) September 30th 2017


Girls' schools

Godolphin and Latymer (11+ entrance) 25th November 2017

Queen’s Gate School (11+ entrance) Unknown

South Hampstead High School (11+ entrance) Friday 24th November 2017

St. Helen’s School (11+ entrance) Friday 24th November 2017

St. James Senior Girls’ School (11+ entrance) Friday 17th November 2017

St. Paul’s Girls’ School (11+ entrance) Mid-November 2017 


Co-educational Schools

Emanuel School (11+ entrance)  Maximum number of applications already reached

Holland Park School (11+ entrance) Monday 25th September 2017

Latymer Upper School (11+ entrance) Monday 16th October 2017

Highgate School (11+ entrance) Friday 17th November 2017


Enjoy the fun of term winding down and please get in touch if you have any questions about the school applications process.


Aisha x