Forest School offers approximately 140 places for boys and girls at age 11 in September each year. They will join our pupils from the Preparatory School to form eight single-sex classes in Year 7.


Bursaries, Scholarships and Assisted Places at Forest School

In line with Forest School’s founding principles, the School is looking to increase the number of pupils who can access a Forest education, regardless of parental income. We wish to maintain the wonderful diversity of the Forest community and allow more pupils who would not otherwise be able to attend Forest to enjoy all the opportunities for learning and personal development that Forest provides for young people.

At present, bursaries (means-tested awards to help parents pay the school fees) are exclusively linked to scholarships which allow pupils to take up scholarship awards (awarded on merit) which at most cover less than half the full school fees. However, we now want to use more of the money available to fund separate means-tested bursaries available to anyone offered a place at Forest, not only to scholars. For entry in September 2020 we will therefore be introducing four new bursaries available to pupils at 11+. These will be offered as free places with 100% fee remission and will be awarded to qualifying applicants according to need. These new bursaries will be called ‘Assisted Places’.

In the short term, the existing bursary and scholarship schemes will run alongside the new 11+ Assisted Places as outlined below.  However, in the longer term the ultimate goal is to reduce the number of non-means-tested fee subsidies and to move to a scheme where scholarships across the school would be offered on an honorary basis to recognise the academic achievements of able children, and to ensure that substantial fee discounts are targeted at those pupils with the greatest financial need.

Scholarships, Bursaries & Assisted Places

Entry requirements

Candidates should have reached the age of 11 before 1 September in the year of entry.


Selection criteria

  • Performance in English and Mathematics examinations.
  • A written, confidential report from the current school.
  • After the entrance examinations, candidates who have performed well and who are being considered for a place will be invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff. Candidates will have the opportunity to talk about their interests and achievements, both academic and co-curricular.

Guidelines 11+ 2020


Entrance examination

Mathematics – 1 hour (non-calculator) with questions on numerical skills and reasoning.

Questions require arithmetical knowledge such as addition, multiplication and fractions. There are problems to solve in a variety of contexts.

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate logical and creative thinking when problem-solving. In the exam, we advise candidates to show all their working. There will be credit when the candidate demonstrates a correct method even if they have made a mistake en route to the final answer!

English – 1 hour 10 minutes.

Questions will assess reading and comprehension. Candidates read a short passage and then answer questions on the passage.

We are looking for evidence that candidates have clearly understood what has happened in the passage. Candidates who do well demonstrate that they can understand layers of meaning and show sensitivity to the writer’s use of language.

In relation to the passage, there will be at least one question giving candidates the opportunity to write creatively.

Here, we are looking for original and accurate writing. Candidates who do well enjoy expressing their understanding of some aspect of the passage in an imaginative and engaging manner.

Download 11+ Sample Papers: (Please note that the creative writing section is now part of the English comprehension section.)


Sample Paper 2020


11+ 2020 English & Maths Entry Guidelines


Up to the equivalent of 10 places may be awarded annually to candidates at 11+ following scholarship assessment in January of the year of entry. The number of places allocated includes both scholarship and bursary awards.

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships
  • Sport Scholarships

11+ Q&A Music Scholarships

11+ Q&A Sports Scholarships

Key dates for 11+ entry September 2020

Open Evening Monday, 24 June 2019

Open Day Saturday 21 September 2019

The Forest Experience – group tours September – December 2019

11+ Information Morning Saturday 12 October 2019

11+ Information Morning Saturday 23 November 2019

Closing Date for Registrations Friday 29 November 2019 – 12 noon

Closing date for Non- Academic Scholarship Application Forms and Bursary Friday, 6 December 2019 – 12 Noon

11+ Sports Scholarship Assessments Thursday, 12 December 2019 Boys & Girls

11+ Entrance Exam Saturday 4 January 2020

11+ Music Scholarship Auditions Wednesday 8 January – Friday 10 January 2020

11+ Academic Scholarship Interviews w/c Monday 13 January 2020

11+ Fee Paying Interviews Saturday 25 January 2020

11+ Offers Posted Thursday 20 February 2020

Tours offered to candidates holding offers Monday 24 February 2020 – Wednesday 4 March 2020

Taster Days for candidates holding offers Wednesday 26 February 2020  – Friday 28 February 2020

Deadline for Acceptance of Offer  10am on Thursday 5 March 2019


The closing date for 11+ September 2020 entry has passed, parents should be aware that any requests for late registration cannot be considered.

11+ Registration Form