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Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information 2024


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Denstone College is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in Denstone, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. It was established by Nathaniel Woodard in 1868 and has strong Christian and private school traditions.


The extensive curriculum comprises art, biology, chemistry, DT, drama, English, French, Spanish, geography, history, computing, mathematics, music, PE, physics and religious studies. Recent GCSE performance was marked by the highest proportion of top grades at the College since 2010, with almost half of all entries gaining the top grades of 9, 8 or 7. 


The well-resourced co-curricular programme offers over 100 activities every week, including a full programme of sports, music and drama. From shooting and orchestra and specialist sports coaching and clubs such as Motoring Enthusiasts to the Outdoor Pursuits Instructor (OPI) programme which runs a range of expeditions, Denstone College provides each child with the opportunity to develop key skills and virtues that will benefit them in adulthood.


The school’s provision of a high quality education in the classroom and beyond allows pupils to maximise their potential, developing confidence and resilience whilst becoming fully prepared to play a useful role in society.


Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Information 2024


Address: College Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 5HN

County: Staffordshire

Admissions info: or 01889 591415

School type: Co-ed independent day and boarding school

Number of students: 620 (approx.)

11+ Open day: In the Summer and Autumn term

11+ Exam date: November of Year 6

11+ Exam type / Board: School’s own 


Open Events for Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Entry


Denstone College hosts open events twice during the school year, in the Summer and Autumn Terms. After attending an Open Morning, you can schedule a personal visit, during which your child will have the opportunity for more in-depth discussions with staff. This is done through the Admissions team. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below: 



Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


Pupils generally join Denstone College in the First Form (aged 11). If there are more applicants than places available, children are placed on a waiting list, therefore prospective parents are encouraged to register their child well in advance of the likely entrance dates.


To apply for a place at Denstone for your son or daughter, you need to confirm registration by sending a copy of their passport and the registration fee of £100. Once registration is complete, the school will ask for a reference from your child’s current school.


You will then receive information on 11+ assessments, scholarships and interviews. The Denstone entrance examinations take place in November prior to the year of entry. 


Acceptance of a place is made by returning a deposit along with the Acceptance Form (sent to you with the offer letter). The amount is typically refunded during your child’s last term at the school.


Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


The number of scholarships depends on the number and quality of applicants. Academic Scholarships are offered to academically strong candidates and they don’t carry any reduction in fees. Denstone’s scholarship awards also recognise talent and ability in the following areas:


  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sports


To pupils demonstrating exceptional abilities across a multitude of areas, including academia, art and music, the school offers All-Round Scholarships.


A small number of bursaries are available each year, with offers based on your financial circumstances alongside your child’s performance in the entrance assessments.


In order to be considered for a bursary, you will need to complete a Financial Circumstances Form which is then submitted to the Bursar who will make a recommendation to the Head. You should complete this form prior to the entrance examinations.


Bursaries are based on an in-depth financial assessment that takes into consideration all financial circumstances including capital assets and investments, not just income and expenditure. 


Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The entrance assessment for candidates applying to join Year 7 (11+) consists of two papers:


  • English 
  • Mathematics


The English paper focuses on both writing and comprehension skills, including spelling, grammar and inference.


The maths exam tests problem-solving and arithmetic skills. The paper will include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for Denstone College 11+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Exam


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Denstone College’s 11+ exam. With the help of our practice tests, designed and formatted to match the actual exams, your child will learn to deal with various 11+ exam question types quickly and confidently. 


The benefits for your child are numerous: the tests provide focused practice and familiarity with a wide variety of possibilities and examples, serving as an indicator of any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam. We suggest starting early with your revision so that you have plenty of time to identify subject areas that need additional work.


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Please see below our recommended packs to help you prepare your child for the 11+ entrance exam at Denstone College.


Denstone College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

NOTE: The following English and Mathematics practice tests are in standard format, which means that students need to write in their own answers rather than choose from a list of multiple-choice options. This matches the 11+ Exam format used by the school.



To prepare for the Denstone College English examination, the following practice papers are highly recommended. They help improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and inference:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills Pack 1


11+ Inference Skills Pack 2


11+ Poetry Comprehension


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


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We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Denstone College 11+ maths test:


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 Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


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


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This interview guide covers all the key concepts your child needs to be aware of for the 11+ Interview:


11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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


Other entry points for Denstone College:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

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