11+ Entry

Joining Forest at 11+

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+ Entry 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 15 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 and a varied vocabulary. 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.)


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

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 Thursday 5 March 2020 – 12 Noon

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