7 plus (7+) Exam – Dulwich Prep London – What you need to know

School Name: Dulwich Prep London

Description: Boys (some girls in the nursery); day and weekly boarding (only a small proportion board)

Age range: 3-13 years

Size: 846 approx.

Fees: Day fees per term from £3,610 to £5,615; Boarding fees per term from £6,884 to £7,025

Address: 42 Alleyn Park, London, SE21 7AA

Website: www.dulwichpreplondon.org

Telephone: (general enquiries) +44 (0)20 8766 5500

Email: (general enquiries) information@dulwichpreplondon.org

Head: Mr Michael Roultston

Email: m.roulston@dulwichpreplondon.org

Registrar: Mrs Franki Aitchison

Email: registrar@dulwichpreplondon.org

Telephone +44 (0)20 8766 5525




Dulwich Prep London (DPL) is one of two schools run by the Dulwich College Preparatory School Trust (which despite its name, has nothing to do with Dulwich College). Its other school is in Cranbrook in Kent. The leadership and management of both schools are separate, although there is an overlap of governors.


DPL is an independent school for boys aged between 3-13 years, with girls in the Nursery. It is predominantly a day school but offers minimal weekly boarding from Year 5.


Facilities are impressive. A high-tech drama studio, a learning support department inspirationally named ‘Sky Lab’ and a Centre for Science and Technology, opened in 2014, boasts it own observatory.


Its interactive prospectus states:


‘Courage is not innate and we strive to teach our boys the need to be courageous…[we create] opportunity [for boys] to try and fail and try again…’


This sums up the school’s ethos beautifully.


Boys move on to a selection of schools, with Dulwich College being the most popular. 31 boys got places there in 2014/15 for example.


The school has an impressive interactive prospectus, which can be accessed here.

Otherwise you can order a hard copy version using this enquiry form.


Admissions Process for Dulwich Prep London at Seven Plus


At 7+ they welcome 20 boys into the Lower School in Year 3 – and then a further 5-10 in Year 4 (8+)




Dulwich Prep London likes to receive registrations in the November of the year prior to entry. They do sometimes have ‘chance vacancies’ and families can contact the registrar if they have missed the main assessment period/deadlines to check on availability. Once a registration form has been received, the registrar’s office will be in regular contact.


Use the enquiry form to request a registration form.

Open Days/Visits:


Dulwich Prep London’s open day is taking place in September. It is a great opportunity to tour the school, meet the pupils and listen to the head.


It is also possible to arrange an individual visit during the normal school term. If you would like to do this, make an enquiry via the enquiry form here.


Assessments and Activity Days:


At Dulwich Prep London boys are assessed in the January of the year of entry. Exams in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning are combined with some activities on the same day, which include games and fun singing. The assessment takes place over a half-day period. Each boy will also meet the Head of the Lower School for an informal one to one chat. Other staff will meet the boys in different situations during the session.


Parents also get the opportunity to have a coffee and chat with the Headmaster when they drop their sons off.


In addition to the exams and activity assessment, parents also need to provide their son’s two most recent school reports and a reference from their current school.


Entrance Exams:


Candidates will do exams in mathematics, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The normal minimum standard for admission is above the average standard level of attainment for the age group, based on the National Curriculum. Past papers are not available.


Recommended Materials:


7 plus English practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London 7+ preparation:


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Inference Skills


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing




7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London 7+ preparation:


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics


7 plus Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London 7+ preparation:


7+ Reasoning Pack 1

7+ Reasoning Pack 2

7+ Reasoning Pack 3


7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London 7+ preparation:


7+ Listening Pack 1


Scholarships and Bursaries


Dulwich Prep London offers a small number of means-tested bursaries at 7 plus for pupils who are academically gifted, have the aptitude and promise to benefit from the myriad opportunities offered and who would not otherwise be able to afford the school fees. Applications should be made by the end of November in the year prior to entry. Applicants will be invited for assessment and interview. Parents will be asked to fill in a confidential statement of financial circumstances which will include income and capital resources. A home visit will be made prior to an award being given to discuss the relevant details.


All bursaries will be subject to annual review and could change should a family’s situation improve or deteriorate.


Some awards are also available for 8+ entry.


Other Entry Points


At all age points – 4+, 5+, 8+, 9+, 10+ and 11+


Destination Schools


47 scholarships were awarded to DPL boys in 2014/15.


Destination schools were:


Alleyn’s School5King’s College School2
Bradfield College1Marlborough College1
Bryanston School1Radley College2
City of London School3Royal Russell School3
Dulwich College31St Paul’s School1
Eastbourne College1Tonbridge School8
Eltham College1Trinity School1
Emanuel School1Wellington College1
Epsom College1Westminster School8
Eton College2Whitgift School3
Harrow School1Winchester College3



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