7 plus (7+) Exam – Bancroft’s School – What you need to know




Bancroft’s Preparatory School has a unique set of ‘3 ½ school rules’ which sums up its ethos exceptionally well:


1 Everyone has the right to be happy.

2 Respect other people and their property.

3 Use your common sense.

½ If in doubt, ask’


Whilst academically selective and challenging, it is all about balance and common sense and ensuring children are happy.


The Prep School is purpose-built and has its own specialist teaching facilities housed in two joined red brick buildings. Sports hall and swimming pool facilities are shared with the Senior School. Recent additions in the past four years include new science, drama and DT rooms, which have greatly enhanced its provision.


Bancroft’s School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


School Name: Bancroft’s Preparatory School

Description: Mixed Day

Age range: 7-11

Size: 200 approx.

Fees: £4,430 per term

Address: 611-627 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0RF

Website http://www.bancrofts.org/prep/

Telephone: 020 8506 6774

Admissions email: prep.office@bancrofts.org


Bancroft’s Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


Applications: Approximately 60 boys will be admitted into Year 3, with approx 180 expected to make an initial application.


Registration: Registrations are encouraged in the year prior to entry, but there is no need to apply any earlier. The registration deadline is in December.


Registration fee: £60. A copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport must be sent with your application.


A copy of the form is accessible here.


Bancroft’s Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


Bancroft’s uses its own written exams and 7+ applicants are invited to the Preparatory School for testing on two separate occasions in the January of the year of proposed entry. The emphasis is on creating as relaxed an environment as possible.


The tests cover:


  • Maths
  • English
  • Non-verbal Reasoning


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Bancroft’s Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


With its origins and links dating back to the Drapers Company in 1737, Bancroft’s has a long philanthropic tradition of providing support to deserving young people. The School offers up to two Francis Bancroft Scholarship Awards each year, available to Prep School entrants only, for a maximum of four years.


It is a means tested award designed to support pupils of high ability whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford the full school fees. Places are awarded on the results of the 7+ entrance examinations with school reports and interviews playing an important part too.


The value of an award depends on a number of factors, including total income and the number of dependent children. The assessment of the level of financial assistance is calculated on a graduated scale after parents/guardians have submitted a comprehensive confidential statement of their income and assets via a Financial Disclosure Form.


To make an application for the Francis Bancroft Scholarship, ensure that you tick the relevant box on the registration form. There is no need to make a separate application.


Bancroft’s Prep School: Destination Schools at 11+


Nearly everyone goes to the Senior School, although some go to local grammar schools.


Other Entry Points: 11+ at the Senior School.

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