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Dame Alice Owen’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Dame Alice Owen’s School

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Dame Alice Owen’s is a partially-selective co-educational secondary school and sixth form with academy status in Hertfordshire, England. The school sits on a 32-acre site with a lake and state-of-the-art facilities. Established in 1613 by Dame Alice Owens (formerly Alice Wilkes), the school began with only 30 students from Islington but today, it educates over 1,400 students aged 11-18.

The school’s impressive academic performance is reflected in their 2022 results with 90% of GCSE results being grade 9-5 and 92% of A Levels being A*-B. Dame Alice Owens’ vision is ‘to inspire, develop and support every student to be their best’ and this is reflected beyond their results, in their rich selection of extra-curricular activities. These include a Duke of Edinburgh programme (DofE) for Years 10-13, trips to the theatre, ski resorts, Iceland, and the Somme battlefields, as well as a wide selection of clubs such as coding, chess, art, linguistics, and sports clubs.

The school was recognised by The Sunday Times as one of the top 10 best schools in South East England. The school is led by ‘The OWEN’S Way’ which stands for Opportunity for all, Window to the world, Excellence in everything, Never stop learning, and Supportive community.

Key information for 2024 entry at 11 Plus (11+)

  • Registration opens & closes: 4 May 2023-9 June 2023
  • Exams: 4 September 2023 (Entrance Exam Part 1 & Musical Aptitude Test), 23 September 2023 (Entrance Exam Part 2), 25 September 2023 (Musical Aptitude Test Part 2)
  • Results: 20 October 2023
  • CAF deadline: 31 October 2023
  • National Offer Day: 1 March 2024
  • Contact details: 01707 643441, [email protected], www.damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk

11 Plus (11+) admissions information for 2024 entry

Registration will be made available from May 2023 on Dame Alice Owen’s website till June of this year. Your child will then be invited by email in early July to the test as long as you have completed the test registration before the deadline. The entrance exam is composed of two parts, both of which will take place in September. The Musical Aptitude Tests will also be coordinated around this time. 

Results will be released in October and following receiving this information, you must submit a CAF application to your home local authority. National Offer Day will be held at the start of March 2024. Keep an eye out on the official school website for the release of Open Day dates so that you can take a tour of the school in the year prior to entry and hear more in-person from the Head, staff, and students. 

How can I register my child for the exams?

To register your child for the entrance exams, you as their parent/legal guardian must complete the online test registration form which will be made available in May 2023 on Dame Alice Owen’s School’s website. 

To register a child for the entrance exams at Dame Alice Owen’s School, parents must complete the online test registration form between May 4 and June 9, 2023. This form will be available on the Admissions section of the school’s website. The school is unable to consider registration requests received after the deadline. 

On your child’s Common Application Form (CAF) which is issued by your home local authority, you must write down ‘Dame Alice Owen’s School’ and submit the CAF by the October deadline. It is important to note that the Published Admission Number (PAN), the number of Year 7 entry places for 2024, is 200.

If your child has a sibling who is a current student of Dame Alice Owen’s, they will not be eligible to take the entrance exams as they are given admission priority by the school. In addition, if they do not have a permanent address within one of the school’s local priority areas or are not educated within the London Borough of Islington when registering for the test, they will also not be eligible to take the entrance exams. 

What is the entrance exam format?

The DAOS exam format is divided into two parts and comprises three papers.

Part I

  • Verbal Reasoning (50 minutes) – multiple-choice paper with 80 questions, provided by GL Assessment.

The top 325 ranked students who take the Part I test will be invited to the Part II test.

Part II

These two papers are in a standard format as opposed to the previous multiple-choice paper:

  • English (60 minutes, written internally) – comprehension paper which includes an extended writing piece
  • Maths (60 minutes, written internally)

The total score from which the candidates will be ranked takes into account the candidates’ ages and the verbal reasoning test. The school will contact candidates to report these rankings but it is important to note that this does not guarantee an offer of admission. Instead, this information is meant to provide a guideline that parents can consider when selecting schools to include in their CAF application.

How to prepare your child for exams

The most useful way to prepare for Dame Alice Owen’s School’s 11+ 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.

For Dame Alice Owen’s School 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

Stage One 11+ Practice Tests

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Stage Two 11+ Practice Tests

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