11+ Entry

Boys join our First Year (Year 7) from a wide variety of different schools and backgrounds.  Entry is via competitive exam, interview and school reference and we typically welcome 140 new Hamptonians to our First Year each September.

Candidates applying for entry to our First Year (Year 7) usually sit our 11+ Entrance Exam at the beginning of January when they are in Year 6.  Although our strong hope is that life will return to normal this summer, the future remains uncertain and the possibility of further social restrictions cannot be ruled out.  We have therefore taken the decision to adjust the timing of our entrance exam to mitigate against any disruption similar to that experienced last winter. Please refer to the table below:


KEY DATES for 11+ entry in 2022

Monday 1 November 2021Closing date for registrations and bursary applications
Saturday 27 November 11+ Entrance and Scholarship examination (at Hampton)
Wednesday 1 December 2021Closing date for scholarship applications
Mid-December 2021Interview decisions (parents will be notified before Chistmas)
January 2022Interviews and scholarship assessments (at Hampton)
Wednesday 16 February 2022Result posted to parents (email)
Monday 7 March (12.00 noon)Deadline for accepting places

The Application process

Visiting us

Please come and visit us before applying, we’d be delighted to welcome you and spending time with our teachers and boys will help you decide if Hampton ‘feels right’ for your son.


All boys must be registered with Hampton to sit the entrance exam. To register your son, please complete our online registration form.

The Entrance Assessments

Entry to the First Year is via written exam, interview and school reference.

Candidates sit three papers:

  • English Comprehension & Essay (60 minutes)
  • Words & Reasoning (40 minutes)
  • Mathematics (50 minutes)

Further information about our written papers is available here.

We are pleased to allow extra time and make reasonable adjustments in the entrance exam for candidates with a specific learning difficulty, disability or long term medical condition, or for candidates for whom English is an Additional Language.  A recommendation from an appropriate expert is required and we also request evidence of history and need of provision from the candidate’s current school.  Applications for special arrangements in the entrance exam must be made before 1 November prior to the exam.

Special Access Arrangements

Supporting Reference

We shall write to your son’s current headteacher in advance of the Entrance exam to request a confidential report in support of his application.

The Interviews

Candidates who demonstrate potential in the written assessments are invited for interview.  The interviews play a key role in our decision-making and enable us to get to know the boys as people and to explore not only their academic and all-round potential, but also their ‘fit’ with our Hampton ethos and values. Candidates meet separately with two members of our teaching staff for around 30 minutes in total. Not all candidates are invited for interview and not all boys who are interviewed are offered a place.

Offers & Acceptances

Places are awarded mid-February and acceptances required early March.

Please note that it is not possible to sit for both 11+ and 13+ entry.  All boys are assessed in Year 6 and offers for both the 11+ and 13+ entry points are made in the February.

Information on the 10+