Cheltenham Ladies’ College 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information



Cheltenham Ladies’ College is an independent school for girls aged 11 to 18. Although predominantly a boarding school, approximately one-fifth of the girls are day students.


The college was founded in 1853 and moved to its current location, on the site of the original Cheltenham Spa, in 1873. The college estate has gradually grown and developed over the years with its most recent additions being an impressive arts centre and large health and fitness centre.


In 2018, the college celebrated its best GCSE results in over 10 years, with three-quarters of all results being the top A* / 9 / 8 grades. In the sixth form, girls can choose to either study A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, with the college’s IB results being amongst the highest in the country.  Alongside its rigorous academic curriculum, Cheltenham Ladies’ College also has over 160 co-curricular activities on offer, covering a vast array of interests and pursuits.


Cheltenham Ladies’ College has a comprehensive website packed with information and the ‘Why CLC?’ section of the site includes a video that features current students speaking about life at the college.


11 Plus Exam Information for Cheltenham Ladies’ College


Address: Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3EP

County: Gloucestershire
Admissions info
: or 01242 707070

School Type: Girls’ independent boarding and day school

Number of Students: 850 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 70 (approx.)

Open Day Date: Throughout the year

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Cheltenham Ladies’ College 11 Plus Admissions


Cheltenham Ladies’ College refers to Year 7 as LC1 (Lower College 1). At this level, there are around 45 boarding and 25 day places available each year.


Parents of all girls wishing to be considered for a place in LC1 must register with the college. Although the published deadline for registration is usually around 12 months prior to entry, it is worth registering early to be included in updates about events and assessments.


The college sets its own entrance exams, which take place in January of the year of entry. The entrance exams can be taken at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, at the candidate’s own school (if they are happy to invigilate) or with a private invigilator (a professional person unrelated to the candidate). Places are offered in early February based on performance in the exam and a reference from the candidates’ current school.


Pre-assessments, designed to assess whether a student is likely to pass the college’s entrance exam, are available between February and October in the year prior to entry. These can be arranged via the admissions department. Results obtained in pre-assessments are for guidance only and play no part in the admissions and selection process.


Details of scholarships and awards open to 11+ entrants are available on the college’s website. Means-tested bursaries – known as Beale Awards – are also available.


A copy of the Cheltenham Ladies College official admissions policy can be requested via an online enquiry form.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Cheltenham Ladies’ College


As with all independent schools, it is recommended that you visit the college with your daughter prior to registration. Open days are held throughout the year and private visits can also be arranged. Dates and booking information are available on the college’s website.


To be eligible to take the Cheltenham Ladies’ College 11+ entrance exam, your daughter must be registered. A copy of the registration form can be downloaded from the college’s website. A non-refundable fee of £250 is payable at time of registration unless you are applying for a Beale Award.


The college will send you an acknowledgement when your registration has been processed and details of the exam day will be sent to you in due course.


Cheltenham Ladies’ College 11 Plus Exam Format


All 11+ candidates must sit the college’s own entrance examination papers in:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal Reasoning


A ‘Briefing Paper’, which summarises the subject knowledge required and skills assessed by the exam papers, is available on request from the college admissions department.


How to Prepare for the Cheltenham Ladies’ College 11 Plus Exam


Before taking a competitive entrance exam, a little bit of preparation can go a long way. Our practice papers , which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation. 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 Cheltenham Ladies’ College English paper, 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




To prepare for 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+ Statistics


Verbal Reasoning


Practice Tests


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


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Skill specific practice


The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the Cheltenham Ladies College 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships



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