Entrance Examinations 2019

The 2019 Entrance Examinations session for Years 7 to 10 will take place on Saturday 10 November 2018 from 9.30am to 3.30pm. 

All candidates must be registered before sitting the entrance examinations. Registrations, bursary and scholarship applications must be received by the deadline of Friday 5 October 2018 to allow us to process the registration and contact schools for references.

Following receipt of the registration form, any candidate with a learning need will have an assessment with Lorna Prestage, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator, prior to the entrance examination. In this instance, early submission of the registration form is advised in order that this appointment can be made in good time.

Format of the day

Candidates are requested to report to the college for 9.30am and entry to the building will be from no earlier than 9.00am. Candidates should wear their current school uniform and should bring a pen, two pencils, eraser and ruler. Candidates for Years 9 and 10 (13+ and 14+) should bring a calculator and protractor and the relevant language dictionary.

Candidates sit papers in English and Maths and for those looking at Year 9 and 10 a language paper.The papers vary in length from 45 minutes to 1 hour. All candidates also sit a 50 minute online assessment which includes Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning, appropriate to their age and year of entry. More information is available under the relevant age group information.

The online assessment is provided by Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). The test is designed to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without the need for excessive preparation.

For more information on the online assessment please visit the CEM website at https://www.intuproject.org/CEMSelect/CSFamiliarisation.swf

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There are no practice papers available for the online assessment. CEM advises parents that children can best prepare for their online assessment by learning to work quietly on their own, completing homework set by their school, and by reading and making sure they understand all the words in any books they read. Children should also, wherever possible, be encouraged to try to solve problems by looking things up for themselves. Children should be familiar with using a keyboard and a mouse including the ability to click, drag and slide with a mouse.

The following practice papers may prove helpful:

  • Bond How to do 11+ Verbal Reasoning published by Nelson Thornes (ISBN 9 780192 742292)
  • Bond How to do 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning published by Nelson Thornes (ISBN 9 780192 742285)
  • Bond How to do 11+ Maths published by Nelson Thornes (ISBN 9 780192 742278)

They can be ordered from Waterstones, 1 Priorsgate, Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QG, Tel 01926 883804.

A copy of a past English paper is included in the prospectus pack or can be downloaded below.

English Test Paper for incoming Year 7 and 8.

English Test Paper for incoming Year 9 and 10.

Please contact the Registrars if you have any queries or concerns.

Access arrangements for children with a SEND

Children with a special educational need or disability may be considered for access arrangements in the entrance examinations. Any access arrangements will usually be based on the child's normal way of working in their current educational environment, for which evidence will be required.

All children with a SEND should see one of our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities support team, prior to the entrance exams taking place, who will be happy to discuss their needs.

Offers Made

After the Entrance Examinations are marked the Admissions Panel sits to discuss applications. The Panel will take into consideration the Entrance Examinations results, references from feeder schools and, for those with learning support needs, the assessment by the Special Educational Needs professional, prior to the Entrance Examinations.

Those entering Years 8, 9 and 10 will also have their personal interviews considered.

Exam results will be posted, first class, on Thursday 29 November 2018. No information will be available before hand.

For those offered a place confirmation of acceptance with £300 deposit is then required to secure the place by Monday 4 March 2019. This deposit is refunded after the end of the final term which the pupil spends at Princethorpe.

Once you have confirmed your acceptance of a place and sent your £300 deposit you will be sent Joining Details. These include details of Term Dates, Induction Day, the School Day, Medical Questionnaire, Uniform, Buses, Meals, Locker Keys, Stationery, Parents’ Evenings and the Parent Teacher Association.

In the event that there is a higher number of suitable candidates than places available it is possible that we will move into a waiting group situation. The parents of these candidates will be invited to express their interest in joining the waiting group and will be advised accordingly should additional places become available after the acceptance deadline of Monday 4 March 2019.


Our Registrar, Mrs Vanessa Rooney and her assistants, Miss Helen Morgan and Mrs Catherine Rogers will be pleased to talk you through the admissions process. Please contact them on 01926 634201 or 01926 634262.

"The Entrance Examinations Day was very well organised and so many smiles! Nice that Mr Hester greeted everyone. Very organised admin process. Lovely to see so many teachers, staff and Sixth Formers helping with the day. It fitted with our view of the college as a community as well as ensuring that it ran smoothly and quickly."

Prospective parent

"He came out of the exams happy and relaxed and feeling he'd been able to do his best, huge thanks!"

Prospective parent