Bancroft’s School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details




Bancroft’s School is a co-educational independent day school for children aged 7–18. It first opened its doors on the Mile End Road in the East End of London in 1738, but later moved to Tottenham and then, in 1889, to its current site at Woodford Green in the London Borough of Redbridge.


The school takes its name from Francis Bancroft, a wealthy businessman, who bequeathed a large amount of money to The Worshipful Company of Drapers so that they could establish alms houses and a school for the poor.


The original school buildings at Woodford Green, which form an impressive neo-gothic quad, were designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield, who also designed the Royal College of Music in London and Selwyn College in Cambridge.


In the Third Form (Year 7) at Bancroft’s School, pupils study a broad academic curriculum of fifteen subjects, which are narrowed down into a personal personalised programme of study as they approach their GCSEs. They also have a wide range of co-curricular activities available to them.


11 Plus Exam Information for Bancroft’s School


Address: Bancroft’s School, High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0RF

County: Essex

Admissions info: or 020 8506 6761

School Type: Independent day school (co-educational)

Number of Pupils: 1000 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 60 (approx.)

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Bancroft’s School 11 Plus Admissions


Places in Year 7 at Bancroft’s School are offered based on performance in a competitive entrance exam and an interview.


Each year approximately 450–500 candidates sit the exam, competing for around 60 places.


The entrance exam comprises papers in English and maths and takes place in January of the year of entry. Candidates who perform well in the exam will be invited for interview, where they will be interviewed in pairs by a member of staff.


Offers are posted out in February following the exam and interviews.


The school’s complete admissions policy is published on its website as is an information booklet for prospective parents.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Bancroft’s School


It is recommended that you visit Bancroft’s School before registering your child for the entrance exam. Dates for open days will be published on the school’s website when available.


For your child to be able to sit the 11+ entrance exam for Bancroft’s School you must complete the registration form and pay a non-refundable fee of £60 (this fee is reduced if you are applying only for a place with a means-tested award). A copy of your child’s birth certificate must also be sent with the form and fee.


The closing date for registrations is at the beginning of December in the year prior to entry (while your child is in Year 6).


The school offers Drapers’ Scholarships, Music Scholarships and assisted places. Candidates who only apply for scholarships and/or awards will not be considered for fee-paying places.


For further information about the application and admissions process at Bancroft’s School, please contact the Senior School Admissions Office: or 020 8506 6761.


Bancroft’s School 11 Plus Exam Format


The entrance exam for Bancroft’s School comprises three papers:


  • English Paper 1 (45 minutes): comprehension
  • English paper 2 (20 minutes, including planning time): writing
  • Maths (75 minutes): arithmetic and problem solving


The questions on the maths paper become progressively more challenging. Children should complete as much as they can of Section A of the paper before attempting the more difficult problems on the second part of the paper (Section D). This section is designed to help the school make decisions about scholarships and borderline candidates. No calculators are allowed.


How to Prepare for the Bancroft’s School 11 Plus Exam


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Bancroft’s School 11+ entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


The practice papers are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of a competitive independent school’s entrance exam.




To prepare for the Bancroft’s School English papers, we would recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


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Bancroft’s School 11+ English 2016 Sample Paper


Bancroft’s School 11+ English 2017 Sample Paper




To prepare for the maths paper, we would recommend using the following practice papers:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Bancroft’s School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Bancroft’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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