Assessment & Entrance Exams

Information for main entry points

Nursery & Reception Assessments
These assessments happen in the autumn term and places are offered before the end of the term. Details of the assessment and information on what to expect are available via the link to the right.

Assessment involves spending a morning at the school; sitting age appropriate papers in Maths and English (including Comprehension, Creative Writing and Spelling); and an informal interview with a member of the senior team. We are looking for children who are achieving above average academic level in their current cohort and who are able to join a new school with enthusiasm and ease.

The entrance examinations at 11+ take place in January each year and candidates are required to spend a full school day at Colfe’s. The morning will consist of assessments in English and Mathematics and a group interview. Both Mathematics and English assessments will be written (paper-based). Lunch will then be followed by an afternoon of taster lessons in co-curricular areas. Scholarship candidates will be interviewed separately in the weeks following the assessment.

Sample written papers for the 11+ entrance examination on the right give you an indication of the level of questions which candidates can expect.

Entrance into the Sixth Form involves submitting a written personal statement as well as two recent school reports. Those wishing to apply for an academic scholarship (including Leathersellers’ Scholarships) will be required to sit an examination – candidates can choose between an essay-based or mathematics assessment. Successful candidates will be invited to interview and offers made are conditional on achieving at least four Grade 7/A at GCSE. At this stage we will also ask for a reference from the pupil’s current school.

Registration deadlines and assessment dates for September 2025 entry:

Application deadline Assessment / Examination date
Nursery (3+) Friday 8 November 2024 18-22 November 2024
Reception (4+) Friday 27 September 2024 Saturday 12 October 2024
Year 3 (7+) Friday 8 November 2024 2-6 December 2024
Year 7 (11+) Friday 15 November 2024 Tuesday 7 January 2025
Year 12 (16+) Wednesday 13 November 2024 Friday 22 November 2024


How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.