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London 11+ Consortium: Complete Guide

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About the London 11 Plus (11+) Consortium

London Consortium
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Making the right choice between different schools can be a tough decision for parents. Whilst many independent schools offer great starts for children, it is often difficult to find comprehensive information concerning the different schools available and the best options for your children out there.

This guide aims to provide clear and concise information regarding the 14 independent girls’ schools in the London 11+ Consortium. This includes general information, information concerning the tests followed by key details about each school including statistics, facilities, results, and Ofsted reviews.

Key information for 2024 entry into London 11 Plus (11+) Consortium Schools

Important dates:

  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Exam dates: 30 November, 4 December or 6 December 2023 
  • Interviews: January 2024
  • Offer date: 9 February 2024
  • Deadline to accept: 5 March 2024

Schools included in the London 11+ Consortium:

Exam format for the London 11 Plus (11+) Consortium entrance exam

Last year, a new exam format was introduced for the Consortium 11+ entrance examination. The test is created by them in conjunction with ATOM learning, and comprises multiple different sections in one 100 minute, online exam:

  • 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 

If your child is eligible for extra time, they will be given extra time for each section individually (please inform your schools of choice well in advance if your child is eligible).

The first three sections are adaptive. This means your child will be shown different questions depending on their performance. However, all children who sit the exam on the same day will be given the same English comprehension text to answer questions about (the piece will be different on different exam dates). 

The problem-solving and analysis components are non-adaptive. Therefore, all children who sit the exam on the same day will be shown the same questions.

All questions are based on the Year 5 National Curriculum and are multiple-choice, or will require a short answer to be typed into a box (e.g. one word or number). There will be no extended writing questions, therefore your child does not need to practice typing for this exam.

Channing School

Channing School
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Number of pupils: 1,000

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 84

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/channing-school-6318

School’s contact details: 020 8340 2328, [email protected], www.channing.co.uk

Full exam information article: click here

Channing School, founded in 1885, is a day school for girls aged 4-18. Located in picturesque Highgate, North London, Channing School consistently ranks highly on national exam boards.

In 2022, 88.5% of GCSE grades were awarded levels 9-7. For A-Levels, 87.3% of grades were awarded A*-Bs. Their 2022 ISI report rated their provision of educational quality as being of the highest possible standard.

Alongside their impressive academic record, the school boasts more than 200 extracurricular activities and clubs for students to become involved with. 

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. 

To get a feel for the school, you may register on their website now to join one of their Open Days. You can find out more information about these, and book them, on their website. 

Channing School offers bursaries for up to 100% of the tuition fees based on a Means Tested Financial Assessment. See their website for further information on bursaries.

Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park

Francis Holland School Regents Park
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Number of pupils: 534

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 76

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/francis-holland-school–regents-park-6465

School’s contact details: 020 7723 0176, [email protected], www.fhs-nw1.org.uk/

Full exam information article: click here

Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park, is one part of the Francis Holland Schools Trust. The school’s fortunate positioning at the edge of Regent’s Park provides many sports and well-being opportunities for its students. 

This school performed impressively well in its most recent exams, with 86% of GCSE grades being awarded levels 9-7, and 90% of A-Levels being awarded A*-Bs. 

You can register to apply for their 2024 11+ entrance exam on their website now. After registering with the school, you will also be able to book an Open Day. Their next Open Day is being held on June 29th and you can find further information about this on their website. 

Bursaries are available and are awarded based on the student’s family circumstances, financial circumstances, talents and academic ability.

Francis Holland School, Sloane Square

Francis Holland Sloane Square
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Number of pupils: 718

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 13

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/francis-holland-school–sloane-square-6464

School’s contact details: 020 7824 5005, [email protected], www.fhs-sw1.org.uk

Full exam information article: click here

Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, is the other senior school within the Francis Holland Schools Trust. This school was recently voted Sunday Times’ Independent Secondary School of the Year 2023. 

Their most recent exam results were outstanding, with 94% of GCSEs being awarded grades 9-7s and 97% of A-Levels being awarded A*-Bs. Francis Holland offers a challenging curriculum and a wide range of extracurricular activities, enabling its students to reach their full academic potential.

You may also register for their next Open Morning, through their website, which will take place on 21st June 2023.

Like its sister school, bursaries are available based on the student’s family circumstances, financial circumstances, talents and academic ability. Please see their website for further details on this.

Godolphin and Latymer School

Godolphin and Latymer
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Number of pupils: 820

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 4

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/the-godolphin-and-latymer-school-7118

School’s contact details: 020 8741 1936, [email protected], www.godolphinandlatymer.com

Full exam information article: click here

Godolphin and Latymer School was founded in 1861 and is located in Hammersmith, West London. Named the Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year in 2020, Godolphin and Latymer is recognised nationally for its academic excellence and pastoral care. 

The school boasts an incredibly impressive academic track record, with 98.3% of GCSEs being awarded levels 9-7 in 2022, and 98% of A-Levels receiving grades A*-Bs. 

On top of this, they provide their students with opportunities to partake in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. They were awarded Sunday Times’ Independent Secondary School of the Year in 2020. 

If your daughter would like to attend this school, registration is open now on their website. After registering, you will be sent an exam entry form sometime in Autumn.

Godolphin and Latymer offer bursaries for between 10-100% of the tuition fees, based on a financial needs assessment. Please see their website for further information.

More House School

More House School
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Number of pupils: 137

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 314

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/more-house-school-6709

School’s contact details: 020 7235 2855, [email protected], www.morehouse.org.uk

Full exam information article: click here

More House School is a Catholic school for girls founded in 1952. Though the school has an explicitly Catholic ethos, girls of any or no faith are invited to join, and they pride themselves on having a diverse community of students. 

In 2022, the overall pass rate for A-Level results was 100%, with 98% A*-C grades and 69% A*-B. In the same year, 29% of all GCSE grades were 9-8, with 47% awarded 9-7 and 97% 9-4.

The school aims to be a nurturing and warm environment for its students, instilling values such as tolerance, honesty, and justice. 

More House will hold their 11+ Consortium exam on 30 November 2023. Every single candidate will be invited to interview, and the interview is valued just as much as the exam in terms of deciding whether the school is a good fit for your daughter. 

You may also now register to attend one of their Open Days, which are being held on the 7 and 22 of June 2023. Bursaries are available, please see their website and contact the registrar for more information on bursaries.

Northwood College

Northwood College for Girls
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Number of pupils: 886

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 162

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/northwood-college-for-girls-gdst-6743?results=true

School’s contact details: 01923 845 007, offi[email protected], www.northwoodcollege.gdst.net/

Full exam information article: click here

Northwood College is based in Northwood, London. Founded in 1870, the school aims to provide the best possible education tailored to each student based on their strengths, interests, and goals. Northwood College was shortlisted for the Independent School of the Year Award in 2022. 

They have a strong academic track record, illustrated in their 2022 results, where 73% of GCSEs were awarded levels 9-7, and 89% of A-Levels were given grades A*-B. In their most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report (ISI) the school was graded ‘Excellent’ in every category.

You may register now for you and your daughter to attend their Open Day which will be on the 5 May 2023. You may also now register for an account on their website, which will allow you to file an application form for their 11+ entrance exam. 

There are a limited number of bursaries available for up to 100% of the tuition fees, and these are awarded based on financial need and academic ability. To be eligible, your daughter must score within the top 20% of students in the Consortium 11+ exam.

Notting Hill and Ealing High School

Notting Hill and Ealing High School
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Number of pupils: 905

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 45

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/notting-hill-and-ealing-high-school-gdst-6749

School’s contact details: 020 8991 2165, [email protected], www.nhehs.gdst.net

Full exam information article: click here

Notting Hill and Ealing High School (NHEHS) is based in Ealing and was founded in 1873. The school produces tremendous academic results, with 92% of A-Levels achieving A*-Bs in 2022, and 92% of GCSEs also receiving grades 9-7. 

In the 2019 Times School League Tables, NHEHS was one of only 10 schools to appear in the top 20 for both their GCSE and A-Level results and it was named the TES Senior School of the Year in 2021.

In 2022, its ISI report rated the school as excellent in all areas. The school was voted Independent School of the Year in 2021 by the TES Independent School Awards.

You may register on their website now for an Open Day. From May 2023 you will be able to register with the school for their 2024 11+ entry. All applicants who sit the exam will be invited back for informal interviews in January 2024. 

There are around 50-55 places for girls from other schools to join Notting Hill and Ealing in Year 7. Bursaries are available for between 30-100% of the tuition fees and are based on family circumstances and academic success.

Queen’s College London

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Number of pupils: 530

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 108

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/queen-s-college-london-6815

School’s contact details: 020 7291 7070,  [email protected], www.qcl.org.uk

Full exam information article: click here

Queen’s College London is located on Harley Street in Central London and was the first British school to offer academic qualifications to women. Founded in 1848, the school continues its legacy of providing excellent education for girls. 

Queen’s College celebrates the achievements of every pupil and in 2022 82% of all GCSE grades were awarded 9-7. Moreover, in the same year, 85.3% of all A-Level grades were awarded A*-B.

Queen’s College provides its students with a broad a balanced curriculum, leaving room for pupils to discover and pursue their interests. 

You will also be asked to submit an examination entry form after you have registered, and this must be completed by 13 November. Your daughter will then be able to sit the entrance exam on the 30 November, or the 4 or 6 of December. 

Bursaries are available for up to 100% of the cost of tuition fees based on the family’s financial situation.

Queen’s Gate School

Queens Gate School
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Number of pupils: 530

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 138

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/queen-s-gate-school-6816

School’s contact details: 020 7589 3587, [email protected], www.queensgate.org.uk

Full exam information article: click here

Queen’s Gate School was founded in 1891. The school values academic excellence which is illustrated in their consistently high exam results. In 2022, 79.6% of their GCSE results were at levels 9-7, and 82.4% of their A-Levels were awarded grades A*-Bs. 

Furthermore, Queen’s Gate School values the individuality and self-expression of the girls who attend, nurtured through their no-uniform policy and encouragement of involvement in an array of extracurriculars. 

In their most recent report from 2021, the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) graded the school ‘excellent’ in multiple categories.

Bursary awards for up to 100% of the tuition costs are available based on the family’s financial situation. The deadline for applying for a bursary award is 30 November 2023.

South Hampstead High School

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Number of pupils: 948

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 36

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/south-hampstead-high-school-gdst-6910

School’s contact details: 020 7435 2899, [email protected], www.shhs.gdst.net

Full exam information article: click here

South Hampstead High School was founded in 1876. Girls at South Hampstead perform incredibly well in academic settings but are also well-rounded individuals. Their 2022 exam results were very impressive, with 94.5% of GCSEs attaining grades 9-7, and 93.1% of A-Levels being awarded grades A*-Bs. 

In their most recent report from 2023, the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) wrote that South Hampstead High School’s students “radiate confidence tempered with self-depreciation, humility and good humour” and scored the school ‘excellent’ in multiple categories. The school was also awarded the title of Independent School of the Year in 2022.

Entry to this school is competitive as there are only 55 places to join this school in Year 7. Girls who perform well on the Consortium exam will be invited back for an interview in January 2024. 

Bursaries are available for up to 100% of the tuition costs and are awarded based on family income and financial situation. Please check their website for further information on the dates for their 2024 entrance process and bursary awards.

St Augustine’s Priory

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Number of pupils: 479

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 184

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/st-augustine-s-priory-7609

School’s contact details: 020 8991 7519, [email protected], www.sapriory.com

Full exam information article: click here

St Augustine’s Priory School is a Catholic school for girls aged 3-18. The school is located on a picturesque campus with 13 acres of ground, including their own farm, in Ealing. 

The school welcomes girls from all faiths and backgrounds to apply. They pride themselves on their focus on pastoral care and well-being, which nurtures girls to be ready to tackle academic challenges. 

In 2022, 80% of A-Levels were awarded grades A*-Bs and 68.4% of GCSEs were grades 9-7. They were last inspected by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) in 2021 which scored the school ‘excellent’ in multiple categories and were reviewed by the Good Schools Guide in 2020 which wrote that they were “wowed” by the school and described it as a “hidden gem”.

If your daughter would like to attend St Augustine’s Priory, you may book to visit them on their next Open Morning, which is on 23 September 2023.

There will be a ‘Selection Day’ in January, which will consist of interviews, activities, and a farm visit for the girls. There are bursaries available for up to 75% of the fees, based on strong academic performance and financial circumstances.

St Helen’s School

St Helens School
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Number of pupils: 1,201

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 46

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/st-helen-s-school-6974

School’s contact details: 01923 843 210, [email protected], www.sthelens.london

Full exam information article: click here

St. Helen’s is a school for girls aged 3-18 and was founded in 1899. The school is based in Northwood, North West London. 

St Helen’s has an exceptional academic track record, as highlighted through their 2022 results, where 93.9% of A-Levels were awarded grades A*-B, and 89.6% of GCSEs were awarded levels 9-7. 

The school was shortlisted for World’s Best School Prize for Innovation. They value extracurriculars and pastoral care just as much as they value academic rigour. The curriculum at St Helen’s is challenging and well-balanced, encouraging each child to fully develop their academic, creative and social skills.

You can book to visit them on an Open Morning, the next of which will be held on 23 September 2023. Their bursary programme is two-fold: offering up to 100% of the tuition fees (based on a Means Tested Financial Award) and also 1:1 mentoring and coaching for the girls eligible.

St James Senior Girls’ School

St James Senior Girls School
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Number of pupils: 266

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 207

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/st-james-senior-girls–school-6985

School’s contact details: 020 7348 1748, [email protected], www.stjamesschools.co.uk/seniorgirls

Full exam information article: click here

St. James’ Senior Girls School was founded in 1975 and is set in Kensington Olympia. The school prides itself on offering an education that ‘nurtures mind, body and spirit’. 

There are 25-30 spaces available for girls from different schools to join them in Year 7. In 2022, 58.6% of their GCSEs were awarded grades 9-7, and 80.4% of their A-Levels were awarded grades A*-B. In their 2019 ISI inspection, the school was reported as being ‘excellent’ across all categories and noted that the ‘main factors behind pupils’ excellent achievements are the high quality of teaching’.

Though St James is not a denominational school, they focus on providing a spiritual education to girls of any or no faith. To get a feel for the school, you may register for their 3 May Open Day on their website now. 

There are a limited number of bursaries available, which are based on the financial situation of the student’s parents. Please read the bursary application process document on their website for further information.

St Margaret’s School

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Number of pupils: 167

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 7

ISI report: https://www.isi.net/school/st-margaret-s-school-7005

School’s contact details: 020 7435 2439, [email protected], www.st-margarets.co.uk

Full exam information article: click here

St. Margaret’s is a school for girls aged 4-16 located in Hampstead, North London. In their 2022 exam results, 61% of GCSE grades were A*/A or equivalent and 40% were grade 9. 

In their 2022 report, the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) said that the school was ‘excellent’ across multiple categories: ‘Pupils have extremely positive attitudes to learning and are enthusiastic and hardworking’. There are only 5 spaces to join St Margaret’s in Year 7, so entry is highly competitive. 

St Margaret’s offers a wide and challenging curriculum, with pastoral care at the core of the school’s ethos. There are also a number of clubs and activities for the students to take part in, to further enrich their knowledge and develop their interests. 

There are bursaries available to cover up to 100% of the tuition costs, based on the financial situation of the parents. Please see their website for further information.

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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