Alleyn’s School 11 plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to Alleyn’s School has changed. Click here to learn how to prepare for the new assessment.




Alleyn’s is one of the UKs top academic co-ed schools; a school which firmly believes that boys and girls learning together provides the best framework for students to excel; to discover new ideas, skills and passions; and to prepare for university, the world of work and life in general.


Situated in south east London on a 30 acre site, it aims to provide a fully holistic approach to education to support and nurture every individual, enabling each to fulfil his or her own potential while making lasting friendships and enjoying life to the full.


Whilst the school’s website is a little daunting in its traditional design, we urge you to persevere and discover this great school!


Alleyn’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information


Entry Level Eleven Plus (11+) exam

School Name Alleyn’s

Description Co-ed; day

Age range 11-18

Size 985 approx

Fees £6,284 per term

Address Townley Road, Dulwich, London, SE22 8SU


Telephone (general enquiries) +44 (0) 208 557 1500

Admissions (11+) Tel + 44 (0) 208 557 1478

Admissions email


Alleyn’s School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


There are approximately 135 places available at Alleyn’s at 11+.


Open Days


Prospective families are encouraged to attend any an Autumn Term Open Day. There is no need to book. All sessions include a talk by the Headmaster and pupil-guided tours.


If you would prefer to see timetabled lessons and the school on a normal working day, you can attend one of the weekday afternoon sessions. They provide a chance to talk to Heads of Department and other senior members of the teaching staff over a cup of tea. To reserve your place for an afternoon session, contact Louise Mawer on 0208 557 1478 or email:




Registration opens in September and ends in mid November. Check out the school’s website for key dates and deadlines.


Application forms can be downloaded from the school’s website during the Sep-Nov registration period.


Alleyn’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


Candidates for 11+ at Alleyn’s School take papers in:


  • English
  • Maths
  • Reasoning


English paper


The exam consists of two sections. Section A is a prose passage, followed by comprehension questions. The questions test understanding, both of what has been read (including vocabulary) and the effects of the writer’s use of language. This section is worth 60% of the marks. Section B consists of directed writing questions (composition). Clarity, fluency and accuracy of written expression are the prime criteria for this section; imaginative flair is also rewarded. This section is worth 40% of the marks.


Maths paper


The exam is largely set on the National Curriculum KS2 Level 5 and above. The final questions on the paper are harder, extension questions.


Reasoning paper


The verbal reasoning test mainly involves reasoning with words. It typically includes a variety of question types that involve the production of, use of, and relations between, words.


Non-verbal reasoning involves reasoning with abstract figures. Some questions, for example, might look at relationships between shapes and sequences of shapes, by identifying common features from a set of figures and applying them to a new figure.


Spatial reasoning tests are similar to non-verbal reasoning tests in that they involve reasoning with abstract figures. Spatial reasoning questions typically involve the mental creation, retention and manipulation of visual images.


Answers are marked in pencil on a pre-printed multiple-choice answer sheet.


Alleyn’s School 11 Plus (11+) Interviews


Children who have done well in the written tests are invited to attend an interview day, which consists of two elements: candidates are assessed in small groups and also have a one-to-one interview with one of the teachers on the School’s admissions panel. Parents are not interviewed. Candidates will be asked about their interests in and out of school. The school will be seeking to identify those best suited to the education offered at Alleyn’s.


Parents will be advised if their child is under consideration for an academic scholarship at 11+ and these candidates will be invited for a longer interview.


Alleyn’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers




English practice papers, ideal for Alleyn’s eleven plus (11+) exam preparation:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Mark Schemes


Alleyn’s School 11+ English Sample Paper 2




Maths practice papers, ideal for Alleyn’s eleven plus (11+) exam preparation:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics




To practise Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, we advise taking the following practice tests:


Non-Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests 


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Skill specific practice


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Alleyn’s School 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Bursaries and scholarships are available for entry at 11+ to Alleyn’s and further information can be found on the school’s website.



Other Entry Points: 7+, 9+, 16+



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Alleyn’s School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Alleyn’s School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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