City of London Freemen’s School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information




Although Freemen’s School is owned by the City of London Corporation, it is located in Ashtead Park in the Surrey Hills. The original school was founded in Brixton in 1854 to provide care and education for orphaned children of Freemen of the City (men and women who had the right to carry out their trade or craft within the Square Mile). It moved out of the city to its current home in 1926.


Since then, the site has been expanded considerable and many new facilities have been added. The most recent development work includes a purpose-built boarding house, a new music school and an award-winning swimming pool.


The school has been fully co-educational since its very beginnings over 160 years ago. A majority of the girls and boys, aged 7 to 18 years, are day students, with just under 10% boarding. 11+ entrance to the school is competitive, with around 150 applicants competing for just 20 places each year.


11 Plus Exam Information for City of London Freemen’s School


Address: City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead Park, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1ET

County: Surrey

Admissions info: 01372 822423 or

School Type: Co-educational independent school (day and boarding)

Number of Pupils: 910 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 20

Open Day Date: Throughout the year

Exam Date: November of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: BUSSATs


City of London Freemen’s School 11 Plus Admissions


Freemen’s School is academically selective. However, they state that they are looking for ‘well-rounded pupils with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word’.  The school’s admissions process supports this, combining competitive entrance exams with interviews designed to find out about candidates’ character and interests.


The assessment process for Freemen’s School has recently changed. Now, at 11+, all candidates take online assessments (BUSSATs) in English, mathematics and general knowledge, plus a non-verbal reasoning assessment and short written paper in English, in November of Year 6.


A confidential report from the head teacher of the candidate’s current school will also be requested. This covers academic ability and other interests and aptitudes, as well as attitude and behaviour.


Interviews are an important of the admissions process and most candidates will be invited to attend an interview day in January based on the results of the entrance exams and the report from their current school. Interview days comprise of a half-hour group interview and half-hour individual interview, plus other activities.


Letters about the school’s decision are sent out in the first week of February and acceptances must be made within one calendar month.


The school publishes a list of FAQs regarding admissions and assessments on its website and a copy of the Freemen’s School complete Admissions Policy can also be downloaded.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to City of London Freemen’s School


Freemen’s School encourages prospective parents and pupils to visit the school before registering for a place. They hold a number of open events throughout the year. Some are whole school events, while others are aimed at a specific intake.  Details are published on the school’s website along with an online attendance request form. Personal visits can also be arranged for other times via the Admissions Team: 01372 822423 or


Parents who want their child to be considered for a Upper 3 (Year 7) place at Freemen’s School, must complete a registration form, which can be completed online or downloaded, and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £100.00 (£150.00 for overseas applicants). The deadline for registration is 15 October in the year prior to entry. All candidates registered by the published deadline will be examined and assessed for entrance.


Academic scholarships are available at 11+ and are awarded on the basis of the entrance assessments (there is no separate application). Scholarships take the form of a nominal financial reduction on fees, the main reward being acceptance into an enrichment programme. Music scholarships are also available. These must be applied for separately and are awarded based on performance in an audition and interview.


Please contact the Outreach and Partnerships Officer for information about means-tested bursaries:


City of London Freemen’s School 11 Plus Exam Format


The entrance exam for 11+ entry into Upper 3 at Freemen’s School comprises:


  • Online BUSSATs assessments in English, mathematics and general knowledge (2 hours)
  • Non-verbal reasoning assessment (40 minutes)
  • English writing task (30 minutes).


BUSSATs (British Universities & Secondary Schools Achievement Tests) are designed to assess academic ability against the school’s own benchmark – a unique academic performance index (API) based on the performance of a control group of existing students –  to find pupils who are a good match to the school.


The online assessment will consist of multiple-choice questions that test reading comprehension, punctuation, vocabulary (word meaning), maths (knowledge, understanding and application of number and calculation, shape and data skills) and general knowledge. Some example questions are published on the school’s website.


How to Prepare for the City of London Freemen’s School 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for a competitive entrance exam is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual exam in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Freemen’s School 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.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.




To prepare for the online assessment (BUSSATs), we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve reading comprehension, punctuation, spelling, writing and vocabulary and maths skills:




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


Technical English


11+ Punctuation


11+ Sentence Completion


11+ Spelling Pack 3




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+ Money


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


Non-Verbal Reasoning


To prepare for the non-verbal reasoning assessment, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4




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