Archbishop Tenison’s School (Oval) 11 Plus (11+) Banding Test Information



Founded in 1685, Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England School, known locally as Tenison’s, is a co-educational, voluntary-aided school in Lambeth, London. The school educates around 530 pupils, and is a Specialist Arts College. Tenison’s is located across from The Oval cricket ground, home to Surrey County Cricket Club. The school produces above average GCSE results.


11 Plus Exam Information for Archbishop Tenison’s School


Address: Archbishop Tenison’s School, 55 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SR

County: London – Lambeth

Admissions Info:, 020 7793 8519

School Type: Mixed secondary

Number of pupils: 530 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 92

Open Day Date: TBC

Exam Date: Mid-November

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


Archbishop Tenison’s School 11 Plus Admissions


Each year, Archbishop Tenison’s admits 92 students into Year 7. The school aims to have a balanced intake of boys and girls. Seventy percent of places are allocated to students under the Foundation criteria, for children from worshipping Anglican families and other Christian denominations. The remaining 30% of places are allocated under the school’s Open Admissions criteria.


In both the Foundation and Open criteria, ability banding is applied with spaces filled based on a specific set of criteria.


Under the Foundation criteria, if there are more applicants than available places, the following oversubscription policy is used, giving priority to:


  • Looked After or Previously Looked After children
  • Students from worshipping Anglican families
  • Children from other Christian denominations
  • Pupils who already have a sibling at the school
  • Students who live closest to the school


Under the Open Admission criteria, the oversubscription policy gives priority to:


  • Looked After or Previously Looked After children
  • Students with medical or social needs
  • Students from each of the parishes of St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s, Piccadilly (up to 5 places)
  • Pupils who already have a sibling at the school
  • Students who live closest to the school


Parents can learn more about the school’s admissions process in their admissions policy document.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Archbishop Tenison’s School


Before applying for a Year 7 place at Archbishop Tenison’s, the school recommends that parents do two things. Firstly, they should read the school prospectus to learn more about the school’s values, and secondly, they should attend one of the Open Days to visit the school and meet current staff and students.


Once parents and students have visited the school, the Common Application Form (CAF) should be completed and returned to the Local Authority. Archbishop Tenison’s School must be named on the CAF as one of the preferences.


A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) should also be completed and returned to enable the school to register all applicants to sit the Lambeth Banded Admissions Test in November.


Archbishop Tenison’s School 11 Plus Banding Test Format


All Year 7 applicants who apply through the secondary transfer process are required to take a standardised banding test that consists of three papers:


  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Numeracy


The tests are administered by GL Assessment and are known collectively as the Lambeth Banded Admissions Test. The same testing format is used across the majority of secondary schools in Lambeth. The tests are designed to ensure a balanced intake of children.


Once the tests have been scored, students are placed in one of three ability bands:


  • Band A: Above average
  • Band B: Average
  • Band C: Below average


The school aims to admit 30% of students from band A, 50% from band B, and 20% from band C.


How to Prepare for the Archbishop Tenison’s School 11 Plus Banding Test?


At Exam Papers Plus, we specialise in producing practice test papers for entrance exams like the Lambeth Banded Admissions Test. Each of our papers come complete with answers, so parents can track their child’s progress as they go.


In order to get the most out of our 11 Plus practice test papers, we recommend that students take the tests under timed, exam conditions. If your child is taking the Archbishop Tenison’s School test, we’d recommend the following resources if you’d like them get an idea of the type of questions they may be asked:


Non-Verbal Reasoning

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Verbal Reasoning

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Archbishop Tenison’s School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Archbishop Tenison’s School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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