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St Margaret’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About St Margaret’s School

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St Margaret’s School is an independent school for girls aged 4-16. Located in Hampstead, North London, and with approximately 170 students, St Margaret’s is a small school recognised for its academic excellence and inclusive environment. [1]

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) reported that the school was ‘excellent’ across multiple categories, noting that ‘Pupils have extremely positive attitudes to learning and are enthusiastic and hardworking’. [2]

St Margaret’s offers a wide and challenging curriculum, with pastoral care at the core of the school’s family ethos. Aside from the excellent teaching of traditional subjects, such as English, maths and science, specialist teachers in French, ICT, Music and PE are introduced early on to ensure the pupils are achieving their full potential. [3]

Alongside its excellent academic reputation, there are a number of clubs and activities for the students to take part in, to further enrich their knowledge and develop their own interests. These activities include The Duke of Edinburgh Award; Forest School; a range of sports, options; Orchestra; choirs; Cheerleading; and dance clubs. [4]

Key information for 2024 entry to St Margaret’s School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls 
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium 
  • Open event: 22 June 2023
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Exam date: 30 November 2023
  • Interview date: January 2024
  • Offers sent & acceptance deadline: 9 February- 5 March 2024
  • Contact Details: 020 7435 2439, [email protected], www.st-margarets.co.uk

Admissions information for 2024 entry to St Margaret’s School at 11 Plus (11+)

The school strongly recommends that prospective students and their parents attend one of St Margaret’s open events. St Margaret’s next Open Morning will take place on 29 June 2023. Booking will open on 22 June 2023. You can book and find out more information about this event on St Margaret’s 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 St Margaret’s is the right choice for you. 

St Margaret’s 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 

 

St Margaret’s 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 St Margaret’s, 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 St Margaret’s School?

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

You will also need to email a recent digital photograph of your daughter; a copy of either her birth certificate or the information page of her passport; and a copy of her most recent school report to [email protected]

If you wish to apply for a bursary you should email the Bursar at [email protected]. To find out more information about bursaries at St Margaret’s you can follow this link.

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format at St Margaret’s School?

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 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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