The 10+ Examination

Boys in Year 5 have the opportunity to sit the 10+ Advance Place examination for a guaranteed place in the First Year (Year 7) at 11+.  Applications are welcomed from parents of boys attending primary schools and independent preparatory schools which finish at the end of Year 6.  Around 35 places are offered each year.

The 10+ exam assists parents who feel their son is ready to sit a formal exam and who wish to reduce uncertainty.

Applicants are tested in English and Mathematics in the November of Year 5.  Places are awarded approximately two weeks after the exam and acceptances required in March.

Candidates who accept a 10+ Advance Place are not required to sit the 11+ entrance exam the following year unless they wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary.  Those who decline the offer a place, or who are not successful in the 10+ exam, are invited to sit the 11+ exam completely afresh in the January of Year 6.

Key Dates for the 10+ Advance Place exam for entry at 11+ in September 2018

  • Closing date for registration 1 October 2016
  • 10+ Advance Place Examination Saturday 12 November 2016
  • 10+ Results posted Thursday 24 November 2016
  • Deadline for acceptance of places Monday 6 March 2016

The Admissions Process

To help you navigate your way through the 10+ Advance Place exam process please follow the step by step guide below.

Step 1

Arrange a visit

We hope that our website provides you with a snapshot of the unique atmosphere of Hampton School, however, there is no substitute for a visit.  We hold an Open Morning each September and regular Visitors’ Afternoons throughout the year.   These events are designed to give you an overview of the School and include a tour and the opportunity to meet staff and pupils.  Please click here to arrange a visit.

Step 2

Register your son

Before sitting the entrance exam your son must first be registered with the School.

To register, simply complete and return a copy of the Registration Form to the Admissions Office, together with the non-refundable £100 registration fee.  The registration fee may be paid by cheque or BACS.  For further advice on registration and for information regarding payment by BACS please contact the Admissions office:, 020 8979 9273.

Your registration will be acknowledged on receipt and your son’s details entered onto our database.  Information about the entrance assessments will be sent to you approximately 4 – 6 weeks before the exam.  The registration fee covers both the 10+ and 11+ exams.

The closing date for registrations is 1 October preceding the examination.

Please click here to check the year of entry for your son.

Step 3

The Entrance Assessments

There are two elements to the 10+ Advance Place assessments; the written examination and the reference from the candidate’s current school.  There is no interview.

The written examination

The written examination consists of three papers:

English Response & Reasoning (45 minutes)

Essay (30 minutes)

Mathematics (40 minutes)

We set our own papers which are designed to identify potential rather than test what has been taught.  The assessments are therefore suitable for candidates from all feeder schools and educational backgrounds.  Past papers are not released, however, the 10+ papers are similar in style to the 11+ exam and the commercially available 11+ papers can provide useful practice.

We are pleased to allow extra time and make reasonable adjustments in the entrance examination for a learning difficulty or disability, if a recommendation is made by an appropriate expert. We will also seek evidence of history and need of provision from the candidate’s current school.  Applications for special arrangements in the entrance examination must be made in writing before 1 October prior to the November exam.

Special Access Arrangements

The School Reference

Approximately four weeks before the entrance exam we shall write to your son’s current headteacher to request a confidential report in support of his application.  

Step 4

Offers and Acceptances

Places are awarded approximately two weeks after the exam and a deposit of £1,500 is required to accept the offer of a place. Acceptances are required early March.