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Merchant Taylors’ School (MTS) 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Merchant Taylors’ School

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Merchant Taylors’ (MTS) is an independent day school for boys aged 11 to 18, located in a picturesque 280-acre campus just 30 minutes from central London. With a long history dating back to 1561, Merchant Taylors’ has a reputation as one of the best schools in England, known for providing an all-round education of the highest quality. [1]

In 2022, MTS achieved some impressive results with 95% of A Level results receiving grades A*-B and 92.8% of all GCSE results achieving grades 9-7. [2]

With deliberately small class sizes specifically designed to stimulate discussion, Merchant Taylors’ is amongst the best academic schools in the country. In 2022, 95% of all A-Level grades were A*-B and 98% of all GCSE grades were 9-6. Pupils are actively encouraged to think independently and engage in lively debates. [3]

MTS offers a wide range of clubs and societies to enable its pupils to develop a strong conscience and take an interest in the welfare of others. There are multiple charitable activities which students can get involved in, as well as a large range of extracurricular activities, such as choir, astrophysics, chess, robotics, Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award, music, and drama clubs. [4]

Key admissions information for 2024 entry into Merchant Taylors’ School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for boys
  • Registration deadline: Register by 31 October 2023
  • Exam date: 6 December 2023
  • Bursary and scholarship deadline: 30 September 2023
  • Interview date: late January/early February 2024
  • Offer letters sent: mid-February 2024
  • Contact details: 01923 845514, [email protected], www.mtsn.org.uk

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Merchant Taylors’ at 11 Plus (11+)

Merchant Taylors’ strongly recommended that prospective students and their parents attend one of their Open Mornings if they are applying to a place in Year 7. Please check the school’s website for details about when the next event will be. 

This will give you and your child the opportunity to familiarise yourselves with the facilities, meet the staff and ensure MTS is the right choice for you and your child. 

Entrance exams are held in December of Year 6 and consist of an English, maths and an MTS General Paper. 

Successful candidates will then be invited for a one-to-one interview with a member of staff at the school in late January/early February. You will be notified of the outcome of this interview in mid-February. 

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Merchant Taylors’?

To register your child for the entrance exams at Merchant Taylors’, you will need to complete the school’s registration form and pay a £100 registration fee. You will also need to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate and passport.

If you wish to apply for a bursary or scholarship (available in art, design, engineering & technology, drama, music, and sport) you must first be registered with the school and then complete the relevant Subject Scholarship or Bursary Application Forms by the 30 of September 2023. 

Once you have completed the registration process, the school will contact you in November 2023 to confirm your child’s participation in the exams and provide further details. They will also ask you for a reference from your child’s current school.

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

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for Merchant Taylors’?

The entrance exams for Merchant Taylors’ are taken in December when your child is in Year 6 and consist of three separate papers: 

  • English: (1 hour) The first half is a reading comprehension & the second half is a creative writing task
  • Maths: (1 hour) These questions are in line with the Key Stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum
  • MTS General Paper: (1 hour) This will assess your son’s range of skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative expression 

Candidates who successfully pass the entrance exams will then be invited for a one-to-one interview with a member of staff at the school in late January/early February. 

The interview will last approximately 25 minutes and assess your son in four main areas: communication, reasoning, intellectual curiosity, and extra-curricular commitment.

How to prepare your child for the 11 Plus (11+) Merchant Taylors' School exam

The most useful way to prepare for Merchant Taylors’ 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 Merchant Taylors’ School 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

Merchant Taylors' School 11+ Practice Tests

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