Channing School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to Channing School has changed. Click here to learn how to prepare for the new assessment.



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, 11 Plus Information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Board Type: CEM

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


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 via an online form available on the school’s website.


Registration for the cognitive abilities test is completed online. 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 Entry, 11 Plus Assessment


The London Consortium has replaced its traditional eleven plus exam with a bespoke Cognitive Abilities Test. The test assesses Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. This test has been created for the London Consortium by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). It’s worth noting that the CEM definition of Verbal Reasoning includes question types, such as comprehension, that you would usually find in an English test.


Some of the questions will be in a multiple-choice format. Students will be required to mark their answers on a separate answer sheet. The test lasts for approximately 75 minutes, with a 30-minute break midway. CEM tests tend to consist of shorter timed sections, each focusing on a specific question type. These sections are then taken in a mixed order rather than one subject after another. So, for example, a 5-minute Verbal Reasoning comprehension section could be followed by a 10-minute Maths LNR section, followed by a 6-minute Verbal Reasoning cloze section.


There will be no other written assessments. The Consortium has implemented this new cognitive test to identify pupils’ overall academic potential, rather than their ability to retain knowledge for a particular exam.


Students can take the test at any school in the Consortium and parents will receive test results in February.


How to Prepare for the Channing School 11 plus Entrance Test


Whatever a student’s current attainment level, investing additional time for preparation in the lead-up to the entrance test will likely improve their confidence ahead of the actual exam. As the assessment focuses on Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, we would recommend our selection of eleven plus papers that are designed in the CEM style. All our packs include answers so you can quickly check your child’s work and identify where they might need to focus and improve.


Click here to view our full list of recommendations specifically designed to help students prepare for the new London Consortium 11 plus exam.



We hope you find this article useful. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need some advice or if you have any questions or queries.



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