Founded in 1885, Channing School is an independent day school for girls located in Highgate, North London. Set in beautiful surroundings, Channing School consistently produces excellent exam results. In 2015, the Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded the school the highest possible judgements in its inspection.
The school is known for providing excellent pastoral care. When new girls join the school in Year 7, they are paired with a girl in Year 8, who offers support and guidance throughout their first year. Channing School also operates a house system where girls compete in academic and sporting events throughout the year. The four houses are: Sharpe, Spears, Waterlow and Goodwin. From Year 9, girls also have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Channing School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) Information
Registration Closing Date: November
Exam Date: January
Exam Board Type: GL Assessment
Results Date: February
Channing School Admissions Criteria
Channing School is a member of the London Consortium and follows its Agreed Code of Practice.
The main entry point to Channing school is in Year 7 and admission is determined by student performance in the school’s entrance test, which takes place in January of the year of entry.
After the examination, students are required to attend an interview, which is designed to assess creativity and broader forms of intelligence. The interview is intended to help the school ensure that it can meet the student’s needs. A reference is also requested from the girl’s current school.
The London Consortium’s policy is to offer places based on a student’s overall performance in the cognitive test, interview, and reference. Year 7 entry is not determined by performance in the exam alone, and the school looks at the three areas very carefully to gauge each candidate’s potential.
Girls who currently have a sister at the school are given careful consideration but are not given automatic priority.
For further information on Channing School’s Year 7 admissions process, please contact the Registrar on 020 8340 2328, or email email@example.com.
How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to Channing School
Before applying for a 11 plus place at Channing School, parents and students are encouraged to attend one of the Open Days from September to November. Parents and their daughters will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet with current pupils and staff. There will also be a talk given by the Head about Channing’s new admissions process. Parents can book a place at one of the Open Day events here.
Registration for the cognitive abilities test is completed online here. Parents will receive an acknowledgement of their daughter’s registration, which enables them to take the entrance test. For more information on the registration process, the school website has a useful FAQs section.
Channing School Year 7 CAT Assessment
The London Consortium has replaced its traditional 11 Plus exam with a bespoke cognitive abilities test. The test assesses Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning in a multiple-choice format. The test is not taken online.
According to a statement issued collectively by the London Consortium’s Headteachers, the test will last for approximately 75 minutes and there will be no other written assessments.
The new cognitive test aims to identify pupils’ academic potential, rather than their ability to retain knowledge.
The test can be taken at any school in the Consortium and this has no bearing on final results. Test results will be posted to parents in February, alongside the results of the overall application.
How to Prepare for the Channing School 11 plus Entrance Test
For many students, the Channing School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) will be their first experience of an entrance exam and, understandably, they may feel anxious. At Exam Papers Plus, we believe that solid preparation is the best way to combat nerves and improve performance. The more relaxed and confident a student feels on the day of the test, the more likely they are to perform to the best of their ability.
The Channing School 11+ entrance exam is created by GL Assessment. It assesses Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning in a multiple-choice format. Here at Exam Papers Plus, we have a number of multiple-choice 11+ papers that are designed in the GL-style. These practice tests provide a good overview of the types of questions that may come up in the Channing School entrance test. We would specifically recommend the following resources:
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Online Practice for the Channing School 11 plus CAT Entrance Test
For students looking for further preparation resources for the Channing School Year 7 entrance test, we recommend the following online practice tests:
These practice tests contain Verbal, Non-Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning modules, all of which may be included in the Channing London Consortium 11+ exam.
Please note however that whilst the London Consortium 11+ exam will likely bear similarities to our online CAT practice tests, the format of the actual exam will be slightly different.
Nevertheless, our practice tests can help parents identify their child’s strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to adjust their study accordingly.
We’d encourage students to take these tests under exam conditions, so your child can get used to answering questions under pressure. This will also help improve their time management skills.
The information in this post was 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. Please note that Exam Papers Plus and Pretest Plus are independent publishers of practice tests and are not affiliated with or endorsed by any other test publisher.