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




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.


Dulwich Prep London 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


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

Admissions Email: registrar@dulwichpreplondon.org

Telephone +44 (0)20 8766 5525


Dulwich Prep London 7 Plus (7+) Admissions




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 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.


Dulwich Prep London 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


Candidates will do exams in:


  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Reasoning (verbal and non-verbal)


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.


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Dulwich Prep London 7 Plus (7+) 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.


Dulwich Prep London: Destination Schools


A typical breakdown of destination schools from DPL:



Alleyn’s School 5 King’s College School     2
Bradfield College 1 Marlborough College     1
Bryanston School 1 Radley College     2
City of London School  3 Royal Russell School     3
Dulwich College 31  St Paul’s School     1
Eastbourne College 1 Tonbridge School     8
Eltham College 1 Trinity School     1
Emanuel School 1 Wellington College     1
Epsom College 1 Westminster School     8
Eton College 2 Whitgift School     3
Harrow School 1 Winchester College     3



Other Entry Points: At all age points – 4+, 5+, 8+, 9+, 10+ and 11+


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