7 plus (7+) Exam – St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) – What you need to know
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School Name: St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court)
Description: Boys; day school
Age range: 7-13
Size: 439 approx. 36 pupils are taken in at Year 3 for seven plus entry
Fees: £6,257 per term
Address: Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9JT
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8748 3461
Admissions office: 7and8PlusEntry@stpaulsschool.org.uk or +44 (0)20 8746 5444
St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) is an academically selective boys’ school situated in Barnes, greater London. It is the preparatory school of St Paul’s School. Both schools are separate, but share the same site. They operate from adjacent modern buildings on the south bank of the River Thames and share many facilities, including a dining hall, sports centre and playing fields.
Boys enter at 7+, 8+ and 11+ by competitive examination. Means tested bursaries are available at all points of entry. The vast majority of boys go from St. Paul’s Juniors to St Paul’s. The few that do not progress to St Paul’s get places at their first choice schools.
The first entry point is in Year 3, via the 7 plus exam. Strategically, entry in Year 3 via the seven plus exam makes most sense, as it can get even more competitive at higher age groups. Boys who join St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) and stay for the full duration of their studies will be automatically registered for transfer to St Paul’s at 13+. This means they have a place at St Paul’s, conditional upon their academic ability and successful passing of the entrance exam to the senior school. It is not an unconditional offer of a place, only an unconditional offer of registration.
St. Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) Seven Plus Admissions Process
Applications: Boys can be registered from their fourth birthday. The closing date for registration is in October.
Registration: the registration form is available to download here.
When registering, the terms and conditions state that St Paul’s ‘must be your first choice for 13+ education’.
Registration fee: £175.
Open Days/Visits: St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) hosts one main open morning each year. This is an opportunity for parents and boys to meet the Head, staff and current pupils, and to get a flavour of daily life at St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court). 7+ families are asked to attend between 9.00am and 10.00am. If you are unable to make the open morning, you are advised to contact the school to make a time for a small group visit.
Entrance Exams: Held in December. Examinations are designed to provide an understanding of current levels and to test potential. About 300 will take the exam. 54 places are available at 7+.
All candidates sit papers in mathematics, English and reasoning. St. Paul’s Juniors does not release past papers, but you can access a suggested seven plus reading list and the maths 7 plus maths syllabus.
This is the SPJ seven plus exam timetable (for the 2020 entry exam):
8.30 am Arrival
9.00 – 9.45 Verbal Reasoning (45 minutes)
9.45 – 9.55 Short Break (10 mins)
9.55 – 10.35 Mental and Written Maths test (40 minutes)
10.35 – 11.05 Long Break (30 minutes)
11.05 – 11.50 Reading (comprehension) and Non Verbal Reasoning (45 minutes)
11.50 – 12.00 Short Break (10 minutes)
12.00 – 12.35 English Dictation (35 minutes)
12.40 Collection Time
NOTE: For 2020 entry onwards, this English Writing Task will be replaced by a Dictation Task. This will be a short passage read out by a teacher which boys will copy down. It will test spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and handwriting. You can view the school’s announcement here. To prepare for this new assessment, we recommend using our new 7+ Dictation Pack and our 7+ Listening Pack, which includes Dictation exercises.
- Previous St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) seven plus maths papers have included questions on time, money and symmetry. An emphasis on extended number problems and mental maths (where workings out are not usually allowed!)
- Last year, the St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) seven plus English comprehension paper was multiple choice. Candidates were also tested on their spelling. A recent seven plus composition title was ‘The Present’. Candidates were given a plan to fill in to start them off and advised to spend 15 minutes planning their story.
- The St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) seven plus reasoning paper contains a mixture of elements including verbal reasoning, shapes, arrows, sequences of numbers and codes. The seven plus verbal reasoning paper concentrates on vocabulary and the meanings of words. It is designed to get progressively harder.
Practice Exam Papers for the St. Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) 7+ (7 plus) Exam
7 plus English practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) 7+ preparation:
7+ English Pack 1 (Comprehension Sections Only)
7+ English Pack 2 (Comprehension Sections Only)
7+ English Pack 3 (Comprehension Sections Only)
7+ English Pack 4 (Comprehension Sections Only)
7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors (SPJ( (formerly Colet Court) 7+ preparation:
7 plus Reasoning practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) (formerly Colet Court) 7+ preparation:
7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) (formerly Colet Court) 7+ exam preparation:
7+ Listening Pack 1 (Ideal Preparation for the new Dictation Assessment)
Interviews and activities
Approx two candidates per place will be called back for an assessment and a short group interview with the Head or a senior member of staff.
The school says:
Boys who perform well in the written tests will be invited back for a half day group assessment. Group sizes will be approximately 10. This process will involve a Maths lesson, an English lesson and group problem-solving task. At the same time, parents will have the opportunity to meet with the Head of St Paul’s Juniors. The group assessments will take place during the two weeks following the tests, enabling boys to know their results within a fortnight.
In previous years, candidates have been asked to write a short story and answer some complex maths questions. For example, questions which featured in recent interviews included: a group of five candidates being asked, ‘if everyone in the group shook hands with one another, how many handshakes would there be in total?’ and ‘Would you rather be blind or deaf?’ Contact us for more details if you reach this stage.
Parent interview – parents are also interviewed at St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) and both parents are encouraged to attend if possible. This is very relaxes and a good opportunity to meet the Head and ask any questions you may have.
Destination Schools at 13+
In most cases boys move on to St Paul’s. However a small minority may transfer to other schools, often as a result of a change in parental circumstances. St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) has a good relationship with other senior schools, such as Eton and Winchester, and will support boys with appropriate references and recommendations.
St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) offers bursaries at all entry points, including seven plus. Not every school will offer financial support at such a young age as a child’s potential is still relatively unknown.
Bursaries are means-tested and full details of income and capital resources will be requested. Each application is assessed on its own individual merit and offers of financial support, if appropriate, will be made in the November of the year prior to entry.
Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.
Requests for a bursary form should be made after registration.
For further information, please click here.
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