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King Edward’s School Bath 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1552 by Royal Charter, King Edward’s is the oldest school in the historic city of Bath. A coeducational day school, it educates girls and boys from age 3 to 19 across its three schools: pre-prep, junior and senior. Pupils attending the junior school do not get automatic entry to the senior school and must go through the same assessment process as external applicants.

 

The school has occupied its current site on North Road since 1959. The 19-acre campus affords beautiful views across the city. The buildings are made up of a grand 19th century house and modern, purpose-built facilities.

 

Originally a boys’ school, King Edward’s started admitting girls to the sixth form in 1986 and became fully coeducational in 1997.

 

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 study a broad curriculum with an even greater range of subjects and more choice introduced in Year 9. The school’s objective being that by the time pupils come to choose their GCSE subjects, they will have a good idea of where their strengths and interests lie. The school regularly appears at the top of league tables and in 2018 nearly 79% of GCSE results were grades A*–A (9–7).

 

Alongside its academic curriculum, King Edward’s School offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities and has a strong tradition in music, drama, art, debating, CCF (combined cadet force), outdoor pursuits and sport.

 

11 Plus Information for King Edward’s School Bath

 

Address: King Edward’s School, North Road, Bath BA2 6HU

County: Somerset
Admissions info
: admissions@kesbath.com or 01225 820339

School Type: Coeducational independent day school

Number of Pupils: 1010 (approx.)

Open Day Date: Throughout the year

Exam Date: January

Exam Type / Board: School’s own

 

King Edward’s School Bath 11 Plus Admissions

 

Places for 11+ entry to the senior school (Year 7) are offered based on academic merit and potential. All applicants are assessed through an entrance exam, interview and a reference from his or her current school.

 

The entrance exam consists of papers in English (reading comprehension and essay writing), maths and verbal reasoning.

 

Approximately ten entrance bursaries are awarded to senior school pupils each year. These normally continue for the duration of the pupil’s career at King Edward’s unless the immediate family’s financial circumstances change. For all enquiries relating to bursaries, please contact the Bursar’s PA, Mrs Jane Howard: J.Howard@kesbath.com  or 01225 820333.

 

Academic scholarships are awarded to pupils who perform at a high level in the entrance exam and special talent awards are awarded to pupils who show exceptional talent in art, drama, music or sport.

 

A copy of the school’s Admission and Equal Opportunities Policy can be downloaded from its website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to King Edward’s School Bath

 

Parents of prospective pupils are encouraged to visit King Edward’s School before registering their child. The school holds regular open events, for which pre-registration is required, and is happy to arrange individual visits. The dates of open events are published on the school’s website when available along with online registration forms and individual visits can be arranged through the admission office: admissions@kesbath.com or 01225 820339.

 

Parents who wish their child to be considered for 11+ (Year 7) entry to King Edward’s Bath must complete a registration form. The completed form should be returned to the school along with a non-refundable registration fee of £50. The deadline for registration is at the beginning of December in the year preceding entry.

 

On receipt of a completed registration form, King Edward’s will contact the applicant’s current school to obtain a reference.

 

The parents of all registered prospective pupils will be invited to meet the head teacher in January and their child will attend an interview with a senior member of teaching staff at the same time. The entrance exam also takes place in January.

 

King Edward’s School Bath 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The entrance exam for King Edward’s School Bath consists of the following papers:

 

  • English (1 hour): fiction comprehension, non-fiction comprehension and creative writing
  • English (30 minutes): spelling and sentence completion
  • Maths (50 minutes)
  • Verbal reasoning (50 minutes)

 

The maths test is aligned with the National Curriculum and no calculators are permitted.

 

The verbal reasoning and spelling tests are standardised to take into account the age of each child on exam day.

 

King Edward’s holds a ‘teach-in’ session in December each year, which registered applicants are invited to attend. During this session, the school provides information about the different elements of the exam and applicants have the opportunity to practise answering sample exam questions.

 

How to Prepare for the King Edward’s School Bath 11 Plus Exam

 

One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test 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 King Edward’s entrance 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 King Edward’s English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and sentence completion:

 

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 1

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 2

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 3

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

11+ English: Writing Prompts

 

11+ Sentence Completion

 

To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:

 

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 1

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 2

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

 

To prepare for the verbal reasoning paper, we would highly 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

 

The information provided about King Edward’s School Bath 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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