7 plus (7+) Exam – Bute House – What you need to know
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School Name: Bute House
Description: Girls; day school
Age range: 4-11
Fees: £4,654 per term
Address: Luxembourg Gardens, Hammersmith, London, W6 7EA
Email (for all general enquiries): email@example.com
Telephone (general enquiries): 0207 603 7381
Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7603 7381 x202
Head Helen Lowe proudly states that ‘every girl runs her own best race’ at Bute House due to its non-competitive ethos. But this does not mean that any girl can rest on her laurels – this is far from the case. With stellar 11+ exit results, this is a school to be reckoned with on all levels: academic, sport, art and extra-curricular. Every girl is encouraged to be the absolute best she can be.
Based in Hammersmith, South West London, it is located beside St Paul’s playing fields, giving the girls excellent access to a wide range of sports facilities. Bute House is also known for its strong drama and dance provision, including extra drama tuition on Saturday mornings (at additional cost) to prepare for English Speaking Board and LAMDA examinations.
Admissions Process for Bute House at Seven Plus
Applications: The closing date for 7+ registrations and bursary applications for seven plus entry to Bute House is on 31st October of the year preceding entry or when the number of confirmed candidates reaches 200. This number is often reached very quickly, so it’s best to register as soon as you can.
The school has a unique ballot system for entry at 4+ and those that do not get in at this juncture – which is the majority – are automatically contacted by the school at the appropriate time to ask if they would like to try for 7+ entry, so there is a list already in the making, three years prior.
The closing date for registrations for 7 plus entry in 2017 is in October.
Registration: Register with the School Registrar by sending a completed registration form, registration fee of £65 and copy of your daughter’s birth certificate up until the 31st October of the year preceding entry.
Confirm your place at the Assessment by sending an examination fee of £75 and completed Assessment Confirmation by 31st October. This form is sent out with the Open Day invitation in May to registered candidates only.
Open Days/Visits: An Open Day is held towards the end of the summer term, to which registered candidates and their families are invited.
Entrance Exams and Assessment Day
The Bute House 7 plus Assessment takes place at the beginning of January. Around 200 girls are called for assessment, which takes place across a whole morning.
Girls are put into small groups based on their month of birth. Each group will interact with three to four different members of staff. Opportunities are provided for teaching in order to assess each girl’s potential and learning behaviours. There are also opportunities for play and informal chat.
Assessments usually run over two days so every child can be seen in a small group and assessed fairly. However, activities will be completely different on each day, so insider knowledge cannot be garnered from the previous day! Assessments and tasks will be of the same standard on both days.
As a guide, girls will engage in a series of fun, carefully planned activities to assess as many aspects as possible. Tasks are designed to assess reading competence, writing ability, mathematical skills and strategies as well as reasoning and problem solving.
Last year, girls were asked to continue a story about a necklace that had been thrown away and maths questions included ones on 3D shapes, corners, surfaces and vertices; and to take part in the cobweb game, where a ball of wool was thrown amongst the group, and when a girl caught it, she had to talk about herself. A group drama-based activity included the girls being asked to imagine they were a toaster, a roller-coaster and a piano! They were also asked to read one on one and then asked questions about what they had just read.
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Those selected for interview will be informed by letter soon after the January assessment, and interviews will take place in the January.
Each girl will be interviewed by The Head or a senior member of staff. The interview process is made as relaxed as possible. Girls will be asked to read and answer questions on a range of topics and will be encouraged to share their experiences and views. After the interview with the candidate, parents/carers, are asked to join the Head or senior member of staff to discuss their reasons for applying to Bute House. This also gives parents an ideal opportunity to ask any further questions they may have.
Last year girls were asked about their school, what they were reading and their favourite authors.
Destination Schools at 11+
2015 destination schools included:
City of London School for Girls 5
Godolphin and Latymer 34
Lady Eleanor Holles 11
Latymer Upper 17
Notting Hill & Ealing High 18
St Paul’s Girls’ School 16
Cheltenham Ladies’ College 5
Wycombe Abbey 5
Other Entry Points: 4+ by ballot
Scholarships and Bursaries
Bute House offers bursaries. Full bursaries are available to cover all of the published fees, as well as an allowance for uniform and residential visits.
A bursary is means-tested. Its value is calculated based on the financial circumstances of the family.
Up to six means tested bursaries are awarded each year from Year 3.