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 the complexities and uncertainties of the 11+ assessments in Year 6.

Changes to our 10+ assessment process

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic we are making some changes to our 10+ assessment process this year.

We appreciate that boys will have had variable experiences of education over recent months and so have amended our 10+ assessments accordingly.  In previous years, candidates have sat three papers – Maths, English and an Essay.  This year they will be required to sit two 40-minute papers – one in Maths and the other in English.  Our papers will have an even greater focus than usual on academic potential and innate ability rather than taught curriculum content.  We shall also interview a greater proportion of candidates than usual.

The 10+ Advance Place assessments will take place at Hampton on Saturday 7 November as planned.

Boys registered for these assessments will be invited to attend on-site at Hampton for a morning or afternoon session, according to geographical and current school groupings.  Start and finish times will be staggered to minimise numbers on the School site at any given time; candidates will use separate entrances and classroom spaces to enable our arrangements to be as safe and Covid-secure as possible.

Results of the assessment process will be posted to parents on Thursday 3 December and the deadline for accepting offers is 12.00 noon on Friday 5 March.

We shall contact the parents of all boys who are registered with Hampton, and eligible to sit the 10+ exam, at the beginning of October with further details about the assessments.

Please note that the closing date for registrations for entry to the First Year (Year 7) in September 2022 is 1 October 2020.  We regret that due to the additional administration required to ensure that the assessments are safe for both candidates and staff, we are not able to accept late applications this year.

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.

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