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.


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+ 2021


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

11+ 2021 English & Maths Entry Guidelines



Up to the equivalent of 6 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


11+ Assisted Places

Last year, we introduced a new type of means tested bursary called an “Assisted Place” which enabled four pupils to join Forest on fully funded places (100% fee remission ie a free place at Forest). For entry into September 2021, we will have eight Assisted Places available to pupils at 11+. These will be awarded to qualifying applicants according to need and households, with income of £25,000 or below are more likely to be considered.

11+ Assisted Places will be awarded based on greatest financial need, as assessed by the School using the published means-tested financial bands and the processes outlined in Forest School’s Assisted Places Policy to pupils who pass the entrance exam.

Families who want to be considered for an 11+ Assisted Place are asked to fill out preliminary form (Form 1) online to establish eligibility before being required to follow the full application process. Form 1 needs to be completed two weeks before the 11+ registration deadline (midday, Friday 13 November 2020).  Assisted Place Application (FORM 1)

Scholarships, Bursaries & Assisted Places


Key dates for 11+ entry September 2021

11+ Focused Forest Experience Tours  Monday 15 – Friday 19 June 2020 (Book a Place)

Open Day Saturday 19 September 2020 (Book a Place)

The Forest Experience – group tours October – December 2020

11+ Information Morning Saturday 10 October 2020

11+ Information Morning Saturday 21 November 2020

Closing Date for Registrations Friday 27 November 2020 – 12 noon

Closing date for Non-Academic Scholarship Application Forms

Friday 4 December 2020 –12 Noon

Closing date for Bursary Application Forms Friday 11 December 2020 – 12 Noon

11+ Sports Scholarship Assessments Thursday 10 December 2020 Boys & Girls

11+ Entrance Exam Monday 11 January 2021

11+ Music Scholarship Auditions Tuesday 12 January – Thursday 14 January 2021

11+ Academic Scholarship Interviews w/c Monday 18 January 2021

11+ Interview Morning Saturday 23 January 2021

11+ Offers Posted Thursday 18 February 2021

Tours offered to candidates holding offers

Wednesday 24 February and Friday 26 February 2021

Taster Days for candidates holding offers

Wednesday 24 February and Friday 26 February 2021

Deadline for Acceptance of Offer  10am on Thursday 4 March 2021



11+ Registration Form