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Francis Holland School (Sloane Square) 11+ Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Francis Holland (Sloane Square)

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Francis Holland School (Sloane Square), not to be confused with its sister school Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park), is an independent day school for girls located in central London, near Sloane Square. Founded in 1870, Francis Holland consistently ranks highly on national exam boards and was named the Sunday Times Independent School of the Year 2023. [1

In 2022, the school achieved some impressive results with 97% of A Level results awarded grades A*-B and 94% of GCSE results awarded grades 9-7. [2]

Francis Holland offers a challenging curriculum, enabling its students to reach their full academic potential. As well as offering the core subjects taught by specialist teachers, such as maths and English, the school offers an array of other subjects, such as a selection of modern foreign languages, theology and philosophy, art, drama, Latin and life skills. [3]

Aside from its excellent academic record, Francis Holland 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, speech and drama, creative writing, a selection of choirs, songwriting and United Nations. [4]

Key information for 2024 entry to Francis Holland at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls 
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium 
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Exam date: 30 November, 4 December or 6 December 2023
  • Interview date: 10 January 2024
  • Offers sent & acceptance deadline: 9 February- 5 March 2024
  • Contact Details: 020 7824 5005, [email protected], www.fhs-sw1.org.uk/

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Francis Holland at 11 Plus (11+)

The school strongly recommends that prospective students and their parents attend one of Francis Holland’s open events. The open day dates for April, May and June 2023 are fully booked up. More open days will take place in the Autumn term and these dates will be posted on the Francis Holland website in August. 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 yourselves with the facilities, meet the staff, and ensure Francis Holland is the right choice for you. 

Francis Holland is an academically selective school and every place is competitively sought after. There are three parts to the Francis Holland 11+ admissions process: 

  • School Reference: a confidential reference from your daughter’s current Headteacher 
  • Assessment: a test of your daughter’s cognitive ability, analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, creative & critical thinking 
  • Interview: a face-to-face interview to explore your daughter’s current skill set & intellectual ability 

 

Francis Holland 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 Francis Holland, you must inform them of where your daughter will sit the exam. Your daughter can sit the exam in her current school, if they are able to host it, or any of the London 11+ Consortium Schools that you have applied to. 

The school does not value one part of the application process over another. The reference, examination, and interview are all considered equally important.

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

To register your child for Francis Holland, you should complete the online application form which can be found here. The registration fee is £150 and is non-refundable. 

If you wish to apply for a bursary or scholarship (academic, music, drama, art, sport, or classical ballet) you can do this on the same registration form link.  

Further details on the admissions and registration process at Francis Holland can be found on the school’s website.

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for Francis Holland?

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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