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Channing School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Channing School

Channing School
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Channing School, founded in 1885, is an independent day school for girls. Located in picturesque Highgate, North London, Channing School consistently ranks highly on national exam boards. [1]

Channing School offers a varied and challenging curriculum, enabling its students to reach their full academic potential. As well as offering core subjects taught by specialist teachers, such as maths and English, the school offers an array of other subjects, like a selection of modern foreign languages, computing, drama, and philosophy. [2]

Outside of its excellent academic record, Channing School offers a wide range of extra and co-curricular activities, encouraging their girls to grow into well-rounded individuals and positive members of society. There are a vast number of clubs and societies, including a variety of sports options, debating, gardening, chess, and coding clubs. Channing House also operates a house system, giving girls the opportunity to compete in academic and sports competitions throughout the year. [3]

Key information for 2024 entry to Channing School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium
  • Open event: Autumn Term
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023 
  • Exam date: 30 November 2023
  • Bursary & Scholarship deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Interview: 9 January 2024
  • Music Audition Day: 9 January 2024
  • Offers sent & acceptance deadline: 9 February – 5 March 2024
  • Contact details: 020 8340 2328, [email protected], www.channing.co.uk

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Channing School at 11 Plus (11+)

The school strongly recommends that prospective students and their parents attend one of Channing School’s open events. The open day dates for June 2023 are fully booked up. More open days will take place in the Autumn term and these dates will be posted on the Channing School website in May. Please ensure you book these open days early, as places tend to fill up quickly.

This will give you and your child the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the facilities, meet the staff, and ensure Channing is the right choice for you. For up-to-date information on open days, you can check the school’s website

Channing is an academically selective school and every place is competitively sought after. Most of their Junior School girls progress to Senior School and there are approximately 55 places available in Year 7 for girls applying from other schools. There are three parts to the Channing 11+ admissions process: 

  • School Reference: a confidential reference from your daughter’s current Headteacher 
  • Assessment: testing your daughter’s cognitive, analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, creative, and critical thinking abilities 
  • Interview: face-to-face interview. A podcast from the headteacher with useful tips for the interview can be found here 


Channing School is part of the London 11+ Consortium and has adopted a co-ordinated approach to the 11+ examination with these other schools. When you apply to Channing, you must inform them of where your daughter will sit the exam. Channing prefers prospective students to sit the assessment in their primary school, however, if they are unable to host, your daughter can sit the exam in any of the London 11+ Consortium Schools that you have applied to. 

It is important to note that, if choosing between two equally suited candidates, Channing School will give preference to the girl who already has a sister in the school. 

All candidates who sit the 11+ entrance exam will automatically be considered for an Academic Scholarship (10% of the fees) and no separate application is required for this type of scholarship.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Channing School?

To register your child for the Channing school 11+ exam you should complete the online application form here

When you apply online you will need the following information ready: 

  • Any reports relating to special educational needs (if applicable)
  • A debit or credit card to pay the registration fee of £150
  • A picture or scan of the photo page of your child’s passport 
  • A passport-sized photograph of your daughter (a headshot taken on your mobile phone is also acceptable)

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format for Channing School?

The entrance exam is 100 minutes long and it is split into multiple distinct sections: 

  • Maths – (20 minutes) based on the National Curriculum for Year 5, will not test anything on the Year 6 curriculum 
  • Non-verbal reasoning – (10 minutes) assessment of the candidate’s ability to identify patterns & think logically 
  • English comprehension – (20 minutes) piece of fiction which is written especially for the Consortium exams, no extended writing is required 
  • Verbal reasoning – (10 minutes) assessment of a candidate’s ability to identify the correct use of standard English in context 
  • Break – (30 minutes) 
  • Puzzles & problem-solving – (15 minutes) tests the ability of candidates to use words & numbers to solve multi-step problems
  • Creative comprehension – (25 minutes) candidates have to use information from a variety of different sources to answer questions

The first part of the test, up to the break, is adaptive. This means the questions are tailored to the child’s performance. 

The second part is non-adaptive, meaning all the candidates will have the same questions. The English comprehension passage will also be the same for all candidates, but the questions will be adaptive. 

How to prepare your child for the London 11 Plus (11+) Consortium exam

The most useful way to prepare for the London 11+ Consortium’s entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

Despite the London 11+ Consortium exam being administered online, we recommend the following resources. These are tailored to help your child practise the questions types and topics expected to feature in the real test:

London 11+ Consortium 11+ Practice Tests

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