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.

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. Please note that, following a review of our admissions procedures, we now interview as part of our 10+ assessment process.

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 2022

  • Closing date for registration 1 October 2020
  • 10+ Advance Place Examination Saturday 7 November 2020
  • 10+ Interviews in the afternoon on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 November 2020
  • 10+ Results posted 26 November

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 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 your son, please complete the online registration form using the link above.

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 three elements to the 10+ Advance Place assessments; the written examination, the reference from the candidate’s current school and,  those showing potential in the written assessments, the 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.  

The interview

Boys showing potential in the written assessments will be invited for interview after the exam in November. The interviews will be as informal and supportive as possible and provide boys with a further opportunity to shine. Boys will meet individually with a member of our teaching staff who will put them at ease and be keen to get to know them as a person. The interview will be general in nature and last around 20 minutes. No preparation is required. Please note that not all boys are invited for interview and not all boys interviewed are offered a place.

Step 4

Offers and Acceptances

Places are awarded approximately two weeks after the exam and a non-refundable deposit of £1,600 is required to accept the offer of a place. Acceptances are required early March.