11+ Entry

Each year, around 130 boys join the First Year (Year 7).  Applications are welcomed from parents of boys attending state primary schools and independent preparatory schools which finish at the end of Year 6.

Entry is via the School’s own entrance exam and applicants are tested in English, Mathematics and Words & Reasoning in the January prior to entry.  Places are awarded in February and acceptances required in March.

Applicants also have the option to sit the 10+ Advance Place examination for deferred entry to the First Year (Year 7) the following September.  Assessments in English and Mathematics are held in the November of Year 5. 

Information on the 10+

Key Dates for 11+ entry in September 2019

Closing date for registration: 1 November 2018

Closing date for bursary and scholarship applications: 1 November 2018

11+ Entrance Examination: 5 January 2019

11+ Results posted: 14 February 2019

Deadline for acceptance of offers: 6 March 2019

The Admissions Process

To help you navigate your way through the 11+ admissions 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


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 £125 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: admissions@hamptonschool.org.uk, 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 6 – 8 weeks before the exam.

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

Step 3

The Entrance Assessments

The entrance assessments combine academic testing with a school reference and interview and aim to identify boys who will be happy and thrive at the School.

The written examination

The written examination consists of three papers:

English Response & Composition (2 x 30 minutes)

Words & Reasoning (40 minutes)

Mathematics (55 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 but the commercially available 11+ papers can provide useful practice.  Further information on the written papers.

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 for provision from the candidate’s current school. Applications for special arrangements in the entrance examination must be made in writing before the first Friday in November prior to the January exam.

Special Access Arrangements

The School Reference

Approximately eight 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 are invited for interview with a member of our teaching staff.   The interview is an important part of our decision making process and provides boys with a further opportunity to shine. The interviews are general in nature and usually last around 20 minutes.  Not all boys who sit the written assessments are invited for interview and not all boys interviewed are offered a place.

Step 4

Offers and Acceptances

Places are awarded in mid-February and a deposit of £1,500 is required to accept the offer of a place. Acceptances are required in early March.