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Northwood College 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Northwood College

Northwood College for Girls
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Northwood College is an independent school for girls located in Northwood, London. Founded in 1870, Northwood College is recognised nationally for its academic excellence. In 2022, 73% of their GCSEs were awarded grades 9-7 and in their most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report (ISI) the school was graded ‘Excellent’ in every category. [1]

Northwood College offers a thorough and comprehensive curricular programme. Northwood College encourages its students to develop an enthusiasm for creativity and curiosity through their various academic interests. As well as offering the core subjects taught by specialist teachers, such as maths and English, the school offers a selection of other subjects, such as an array of modern foreign languages, computer science, art, drama, Latin, health education and current affairs. [2]

Alongside its excellent academic record, Northwood College offers a vast range of extra and co-curricular activities. These opportunities inspire students to grow into positive, bright and well-rounded members of society. There are a vast number of clubs and societies, including a variety of sports, music and drama options, as well as cookery, computing, chess, languages, manga art and trampolining. [3]

Northwood College also offers its students the opportunity to travel and explore on various school trips throughout the year. These trips range from cultural excursions to museums, theatres and galleries in the UK to language exchanges, ski trips in the USA, water sports in the South of France and adventure expeditions in Borneo and Peru. [4]

Key information for 2024 entry to Northwood College at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls 
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium 
  • Open event: 5 May 2023
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Exam date: 30 November, 4 December or 6 December 2023
  • Interview date: 10, 11, 17, or 23 January 2024
  • Offers sent & acceptance deadline: 9 February – 5 March 2024
  • Contact details: 01923 845007, [email protected], www.northwoodcollege.gdst.net

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Northwood College at 11 Plus (11+)

The school strongly recommends that prospective students and their parents attend one of Northwood College’s open events. Northwood College’s next Open Morning will take place on 5 May 2023. You can book and find out more information about this event on the Northwood College website. Please ensure you book this Open Morning 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 Northwood College is the right choice for you. 

Northwood College is an academically selective school and every place is competitively sought after. There are three parts to their 11+ admissions process: 

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

Northwood College is part of the London 11+ Consortium and has adopted a coordinated approach to the 11+ examination with these other schools. When you apply to Northwood College, 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 Northwood College?

To register your child for Northwood College, you should first set up a parent account on their website using this link. You will then be able to complete the online application form which can be found here. The registration fee is £100 and is non-refundable. Details about the assessment will then be sent to you. 

If you wish to apply for a bursary or scholarship (academic, music, art and design, or sport) you can find out more here. All candidates for the 11+ will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship, as it is based on the child’s performance in this exam.

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format for Northwood College?

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

  • Maths: 20 minutes. Based on the National Curriculum for Year 5 and will not test anything on the Year 6 curriculum
  • Non-verbal reasoning: 10 minutes. Assessment of the candidate’s ability to identify patterns and think logically 
  • English comprehension: 20 minutes. Piece of fiction, 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 and problem-solving: 15 minutes. Tests the ability of candidates to use words and 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 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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