11+ Admissions Process

11+ Admissions Information

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 candidates are tested in English, Mathematics and Words & Reasoning in the January prior to entry. Places are awarded in February and acceptances required in March.

Candidates 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.

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 regular visitor events throughout the year and dates and booking forms are available on our website – please note that during the current Covid-19 pandemic our visitor events have moved online.  We hope to be able to welcome visitors to our site very soon.

Step 2 Registration

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 below.

Registration Form

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.

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, while the future remains uncertain and the possibility of further social restrictions cannot be ruled out,  we have taken the decision to adjust the timing of our entrance exam to mitigate against any disruption similar to that experienced last winter.

Monday 1 November 2021Closing date for registrations and bursary applications
Monday 22 November 2021Closing date for scholarship applications
Saturday 27 November 2021 11+ Entrance and Scholarship examination (at Hampton)
Mid-December 2021Interview decisions (parents will be notified before Chistmas)
January 2022Interviews and scholarship assessments (at Hampton)
Friday 11 February 2022Result posted to parents (email)
Monday 7 March 2022 (12.00 noon)Deadline for accepting places

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 consists of three papers:

  • English Response & Composition (30 minutes 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.

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.

Offers & Acceptances

Places are awarded in mid-February and a non-refundable deposit of £1,600 is required to accept the offer of a place. Acceptances are required in early March.

Further Information

We are pleased to allow extra time and make reasonable adjustments in the entrance examination for candidates who have 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.