11+ Entrance and Scholarship Examination – Further Information

Admissions Procedure & FAQs

Please note that in order to sit the 11+ Entrance & Scholarship Examination, boys must first be registered with Hampton School. If your son is not already registered please contact the Admissions Office for further information as soon as possible.

Arrangements for the Entrance Exam

The 11+ Entrance & Scholarship Examination will be held on Monday 6 January 2020. We look forward to welcoming your son to Hampton on 6 January and wish him success in the entrance assessments.

Please bring your son to the School between 8.00am and 8.20am. On arrival, please enter the School grounds via the Main Gate. Stewards will be available to assist you with parking and signs will direct you to where you need to go.

Your son will sit three papers and a timetable for the morning is provided below. There will be a break between each paper and refreshments will be provided free of charge (your son may bring his own drink and snacks if he prefers). School uniform need not be worn but candidates should bring writing materials with them (pens, pencils, a ruler and rubber).  Please note that calculators are not allowed in any paper. The School’s policy is that candidates may not wear watches in exams, however, a clock will be clearly displayed in the exam room.

Timetable for 11+ Entrance Examination

8.00am  –  8.25am         Candidates arrive

9.00am –  10.00am       Response & Composition  (60 minutes)

10.00am – 10.15am    Break for refreshments

10.15am -10.55am       Words & Reasoning           (40 minutes)

10.55am – 11.10am    Second break

11.10am -12.05pm       Mathematics                        (55 minutes)

12.10pm   approx.        Depart

Number of candidates

We expect around 650 candidates to sit the written assessments for c. 130 places.

Special Educational Needs

If you have not already done so, please make sure we are aware of any disability or specific learning difficulty by 23 November. We regret that we are unable to consider requests made after this date.

Interviews (19, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 28 January)

We shall write to the parents of all candidates as soon as we can after the written assessments.

Candidates who have performed sufficiently well in the entrance exam will be invited to interview. We expect to interview approximately half of the candidates. Please do not be anxious if you do not hear from us immediately as we have many applications to process.

Candidates invited for interview will meet with a member of our teaching staff, individually, for a general discussion (approximately 20 minutes). The interview is an important part of our decision-making process and may cover particular skills in English or Mathematics if we have concerns in these areas (parents will be notified in advance if this is the case).

Please note that we invite more candidates to interview than we have places to offer; an interview is therefore not a guarantee of a place.

The Headmaster and other senior staff will meet parents and boys during the interview visit.

Scholarships and other Awards

Academic Scholarships

Candidates who achieve a very high score in the written assessments may be invited to a Scholarship interview. Parents will be notified by telephone 2 – 3 days after the entrance exam and the Scholarship interviews will be held on the following dates: Wednesday 9 January, Thursday 10 January, Monday 14 January, Wednesday 16 January and Friday 18 January.

Academic Scholarships are challenging but as informal and supportive as possible. No preparation is required. Candidates will meet individually with a Deputy Head for around 30 minutes and with The Headmaster, accompanied by their parents, for up to 20 minutes.

The number and value of scholarships offered is based on merit and is entirely at the discretion of The Headmaster. Please note that not all candidates invited for a scholarship interview will be offered an award.

Art, Chess, Choral, Music, Performing Arts and Sport Scholarships

Assessment for an award is subject to a candidate’s performance in the written examination papers. Please note that not all applicants are invited for assessment.

We shall write to the parents of all boys who have applied for an award as soon as we can. Assessment dates are provided below:

Art Scholarship: Friday 1 February 2019 (afternoon)

Chess Scholarship: Friday 1 February 2019

Choral Scholarship: Tuesday 29 January 2019

Music Scholarship: Saturday 2 February 2019

Performing Arts Scholarship: Friday 1 February 2019 (afternoon)

Sport Scholarship: Friday 1 February 2019

The number and value of scholarships offered is based on merit and is entirely at the discretion of The Headmaster.

We regret that we are not be able to accept applications for an award after the written assessments have taken place.


The parents of candidates who perform sufficiently well in the written assessments to be invited for interview will be contacted by Bursary Administration Ltd to discuss their application. Contact is usually made within two weeks of the examination.

Please note that the processing of a bursary application does not necessarily mean that a place will be offered.

We regret that we are not able to accept applications for a bursary after the written assessments have taken place.


The results of the assessment process will sent by First Class post on Thursday 14 February, a date agreed with all major independent schools in the area. We regret that we shall not be able to give results over the telephone.


The deadline for the acceptance of scholarships, bursaries and places is 12.00 noon Wednesday 6 March 2019.