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Queen’s Gate School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Queen’s Gate School

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Queen’s Gate School is an independent day school in South Kensington, London, for 4-18-year-old girls. It was founded by Miss Eleanor Beatrice Wyatt, in 1891, in Wyatt’s parents’ home but the school moved to Queen’s Gate a year later. Currently, the school looks after 500 students in their pastoral community.

The school boasts great academic results. In 2022, 66.4% of all grades achieved at GCSE being grades 9-8 and 54.2% of all grades achieved at A Level being A*-A. In addition, twelve girls obtained all A*/A grades. In their most recent report from 2021, the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) graded the school ‘excellent’ in multiple categories.

The school offers great clubs like gardening, songwriting, STEM, poetry, creative writing, drone engineering, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Model United Nations. Further, Queen Gate School has some very successful alumni including chef Nigella Lawson, actress Tilda Swinton, and comedian Jennnifer Saunders.

Pupils have ventured to the following locations in the school’s most recent trips: Norway, Israel, Tanzania, Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Costa Rica, South Africa and Amsterdam. Queen’s Gate is also in close proximity to the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and V&A.

Key information for 2024 entry to Queen’s Gate School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023 (midday)
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium 
  • Open event: Autumn Term
  • Exam: Either 30 November, 4 December or 6 December 2023
  • Interviews: January 2024
  • Offers sent: 9 February 2024
  • Acceptance deadline: 5 March 2024
  • Contact details: 020 7589 3587, [email protected], www.queensgate.org.uk

Admissions information for 2023 entry to Queen’s Gate School at 11 Plus (11+)

Online applications for Year 7 entry into Queen’s Gate School are available on the school’s website until November 2023. You can find the link to their registration form on their ‘Admissions Process’ page.

The entrance examination is computer-based and your child will sit it in either November or December 2023. Following this exam, high-achieving students will be invited to the school for an interview. The school will also request a reference from your child’s current school at this time.

As Queen’s Gate is one of the London 11+ Consortium’s 14 schools, entry into the school will be based upon the reference, interview and entrance examination.

If you would like to visit the school for a private tour, you will need to book a visit through their website. There is also a Senior School prospectus online which you can look through to get a better sense of the school.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Queen’s Gate School?

To register your child for the entrance exams, you must fill out the online registration form on their website before the November 2023 deadline. The registration fee is £160 and is non-refundable. 

Bursaries have their own application process for 2024 entry which is being updated in late June 2023, find more details on their website. The deadline for submitting a bursary application is 30 November 2023. There is a limited number of means-tested bursaries for 11+ applicants worth 100% maximum of the value of school fees. 

In the case of 11+ academic scholarships, which are worth 10% maximum of school fees, the scholarships are offered based on their exam results, school report, and interview so there is no need to apply separately.

As for art, music, drama, and sports scholarships, you will be provided the opportunity to note which scholarships your child wants to apply for once you have registered. These scholarships require a reference letter which supports your child’s application written by their current Head or subject teacher; you should request this letter in Autumn 2023 before the exam. After receiving this information, the school will contact you to arrange an interview and/or audition which will be held in January after the exam.

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format for Queen’s Gate School?

The entrance exam is 100 minutes long and it is split into multiple five 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) pieces of fiction which are 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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