10 plus (10+) Exam – St. Paul’s Juniors – Deferred Entry – What you need to know


St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) 10 plus (10+) exam for Year 7 entry


Update: This entry point to St. Paul’s Juniors is no longer available. The next entry point is the 11 plus exam. Click here to learn more.


Entry point Ten Plus deferred entry (10+)

School Name St Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court)

Description Boys; day school

Age range 7-13

Size 439 approx.

Fees £6,257 per term

Address Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9JT

Website www.stpaulsschool.org.uk/st-pauls-juniors

Telephone (general enquiries): +44 (0)20 8748 3461




St Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) is an academically selective boys’ school situated in Barnes, greater London, and shares this fantastic site with its senior school. Both schools are however physically separate, operating from adjacent modern buildings on the South Bank of the Thames. Shared facilities include: dining hall, sports centre and playing fields.


Admissions Process for St Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) at Ten Plus (10+) deferred entry, for Year 7 entry


Boys from state primary schools may sit the 10+ deferred entry exam in Year 5. If successful, these boys will join the school in Year 7. Boys who have been unsuccessful in securing a place at this stage are welcome to re-apply again at 11+.


Applications and Registration


For up to date information and application deadlines for St Paul’s 10+ entry, please visit this page of the school’s website.


Open Days/Visits:


St Paul’s Juniors’ annual open morning is a great opportunity for parents and boys to meet the Head, staff and current pupils, and to get a flavour of daily life at the school. Those looking at entry for the next academic year are invited to attend.


Maxine Shaw, the Head of the Juniors, speaks several times during the morning and you will find several members of staff there who will be able to answer your queries. It is essential to reserve a place, so do email spjadmissions@stpaulsschool.org.uk providing your son’s name, date of birth and current school.


If you are unable to make the open morning, do contact them to arrange a small group visit instead.


Details of the next St Paul’s Juniors’ 11+ open morning can be found here.


Entrance Exams


Candidates for 10+ deferred entry will sit examinations in English, maths and reasoning. Candidates are expected to perform competently in all three areas but above all they are looking for candidates who show the potential to benefit from an education at St Paul’s School.




The main aim of the exam is to test the ability of boys to think and to express ideas in ambitious and accurate language.


Comprehension and Analysis (45 mins)

  1. An unseen passage of prose, drama or poetry
  2. Straightforward factual questions about the text to test understanding of content and the meanings of words in their contexts. Boys may be asked for synonyms and alternative expressions to test breadth of vocabulary
  3. Questions that require attention to the associations of words and to patterns of sound and meaning. Boys need to describe these, find examples and consider the effects they have on the reader
  4. Possibly, more creative questions requiring candidates to use relevant material from the passage to write from the point of view of a character or in a similar style to the author


Composition (45 mins)

This paper is an opportunity to write either from experience or imagination in one of a range of forms, such as story, description, speech, diary, letter or article. The school is looking for interesting ideas, expressed using an ambitious and accurate range of vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.




The maths paper is split into 3 sections, with all sections of equal weight. The test is demanding and challenging but it is in line with National Curriculum expectations.


Section A is multiple-choice; 15 questions testing a candidate’s understanding of mainly number and the number system.

Section B is the calculations section, testing knowledge of core ‘pen and paper’ techniques; there will also be some word problems in this section.

Section C is designed to be more challenging with slightly longer and harder worded problems as well as questions that require an ability to problem solve.


Candidates should be working comfortably at National Curriculum Level 5 in number. The ability to handle data and tackle problems involving shape, space and measure will be tested at a standard somewhere between Levels 4 and 5.




The test will focus on Verbal Reasoning, with a variety of different question types.


Recommended Materials:


English practice papers, ideal for St Paul’s School ten plus (10+) deferred entry exam preparation:

10+ English Pack 1

10+ English Pack 2

10+ Reading Workbook

10+ Writing Prompts

10+ Spelling

10+ Vocabulary and Grammar

10+ Punctuation

10+ Inference Skills



Maths practice papers, ideal for St Paul’s School ten plus (10+) deferred entry exam preparation:

10+ Maths Pack 1 

10+ Maths Pack 2

10+ Mental Arithmetic

10+ Problem Solving 



Verbal reasoning practice papers, ideal for St Paul’s School ten plus (10+) deferred entry exam preparation:

10+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1 

10+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2 



Listening practice tests, ideal for St Paul’s School ten plus (10+) deferred entry exam preparation:

10+ Listening Pack 1




Boys who perform well in the written exams are invited back for a short interview. At the same time, parents also have the opportunity to meet with the Head of St Paul’s Juniors. The interviews take place during the week following the tests, so you will have your results within a week. Contact us for more information about the interview process.


Destination Schools at 13+


In most cases, boys move on to St Paul’s. However, a small minority may transfer to other schools, often as a result of a change in parental circumstances. SPJ has a good relationship with other senior schools, such as Eton and Winchester, and will support boys with appropriate references and recommendations.




SPJ offers bursaries at all entry points, including ten plus (10+).


Bursaries are means-tested and full details of income and capital resources will be requested. Each application is assessed on its own individual merit.


Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.


Requests for a bursary form should be made after registration.


Scholarships are honorary. Fee remissions are given to families with three or more children at St Paul’s Juniors, St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School.


For further information, please click here.


Other Entry Points


7+, 8+, 11+, 13+ and 16+



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