Assessment & Entrance Exams

Information for main entry points

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.

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.

Registration deadlines and assessment dates for September 2024 entry:

Application deadline Assessment / Examination date
Nursery (3+) CLOSED w/c 20-24 November 2023
Reception (4+) CLOSED Saturday 7 October 2023
Year 7 (11+) CLOSED Friday 5 January 2024
Year 12 (16+) CLOSED Friday 17 November 2023, from 3pm


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.