Francis Holland School (NW1) 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information – Key Details



Founded in 1878, Francis Holland School in Regent’s Park, London, is an independent day school for girls. The school makes up one half of the Francis Holland School institution; the other school is located near Sloane Square (SW1).


The school has a strong academic reputation, while providing a caring and nurturing environment for its 450+ students. Teachers focus on building the girls’ self-confidence during their time at the school, giving them the independence to thrive in life after education.


Alongside a packed academic curriculum, students have countless opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, such as sports, drama and music. Francis Holland School takes full advantage of its location in London, giving students the chance to regularly visit the capital throughout their school life.


Francis Holland School (NW1) Cognitive Abilities Test, 11+ Information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Date: January

Exam Board Type: CEM

Results Date: February


Francis Holland School (NW1) Admissions Criteria


Francis Holland School (NW1) is one of 12 members of the London Consortium and as such, follows its Agreed Code of Practice.


Year 7 admission to Francis Holland School (NW1) is determined by student performance in the school’s 11+ entrance test, which takes place in January of the year of entry. Once the exam is complete, students are required to attend one or more interviews, designed to assess their general intelligence. Pupils must also provide both character and academic references from their current school as part of their application to Francis Holland.


Year 7 entry is not determined by student performance in the 11 plus exam alone. It is the policy of the London Consortium to consider overall performance in the cognitive test, interview and reference(s). Each of these assessment procedures will allow the school to gauge a student’s potential. Should the school have to decide between two or more candidates who meet the admission requirements, they may give preference to girls:


  • who already have a sister in the school
  • whose parent is a former pupil of the school
  • whose parent is a current member of staff
  • with a particular skill, talent or aptitude
  • who are daughters of Church of England clergy


However, girls from the above list will not necessarily be given automatic priority.


For further information on Francis Holland School’s Year 7 admissions process, please contact the Registrar on 020 7535 2777 or email


How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to Francis Holland School (NW1)


Parents and students are encouraged to attend one of the school’s open events, which take place from September to November. These events give parents the chance to ask current teaching staff questions about the admissions process and to also take a tour of the school with current pupils. Parents can book a place at one of the open events, here. Parents must request a registration form for the Cognitive Abilities Test directly from the school.


For more information on the registration process, read the school’s FAQs document.


Francis Holland School (NW1) 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 Francis Holland School (NW1) 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 Francis Holland School (NW1) 11+ past papers. The information provided about Francis Holland School (NW1) 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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