Kingswood School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

Introduction

 

Kingswood School is an independent coeducational day and boarding school located in Bath, Somerset. It was founded in 1748 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and is the world’s oldest Methodist educational institution.

 

In Senior School, pupils take lessons in biology, chemistry, Classical Civilisation, computer science, DT, drama and theatre, English, French, German, Spanish, geography, history, Latin, Mandarin, mathematics, Music, Physics, PE and games, PSHCE (KS3 Only) and religion, philosophy and ethics.

 

The school’s co-curricular Activity Programme offers pupils a wide range of trips and activities, including House music competitions, a trip to Bowood Park, an open-top bus tour of Bath, a visit to Bristol Zoo, hiking in the Mendips, cinema trips, boarders’ film nights, visiting Drayton Manor Theme Park, shopping trips to Bristol, an Advent service and dinner, visiting the SS Great Britain and going to Bath’s Christmas Market.

 

Kingswood is regularly placed in the country’s top 10 co-educational boarding schools. Its 200-acre site is home to an inclusive boarding and day community which benefits from a broad and holistic education. Self-assurance and high levels of personal motivation are instilled in every Kingswood pupil, whilst they are constantly encouraged to progress and maximise their potential.

 

Kingswood School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

 

Address: Kingswood School, Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5RG

County: Somerset

Admissions info: admissions@kingswood.bath.sch.uk or +44 1225 734210

School Type: Independent co-educational day and boarding school

Number of Students: 1,102 (approx.)

Open day: October (upcoming) 

11+ Exam Date: January of Year 6

11+ Exam Type / Board: School’s own

 

Open Events for Kingswood School 11 plus (11+) Entry

 

The Open Morning event is set in October. Personal visits during term time can also be arranged. They include a meeting with the Headmaster or a member of the Senior Management Team and a pupil-led tour of the boarding houses. 

 

They will also provide you with an opportunity to discuss entrance procedures with the Admissions team. These visits normally last around two hours. To book a visit, please fill in the Registration Form available on the school’s website.

 

Kingswood School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

Following your visit to the School, you should register your child for entry. After registration, pupils will take their entrance exams. A school report will also be requested.

 

Prior to the examination, your child will attend a taster morning. During the event, they will join current Year 7 and Year 8 pupils for a Chapel service, then partake in four subject lessons throughout the day. Accepted Year 7 pupils will also be invited to a freshers’ day in June to revisit the school, meet key teaching staff members of staff and get to know their year group.

 

Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance examination and your child’s school report. The top-performing candidates will receive an award which covers up to 25% of the basic fees.The remaining pupils, judged worthy of scholarship recognition, will hold honorary titles which have no monetary award attached, but give the child the status of a scholar in the school.

 

Scholarships can also be applied in the following areas: art, design technology, drama, music and sport. For more information, please visit the school’s website.

 

Kingswood School awards bursaries in cases where it is felt that the child would benefit from access to the school, and where there is proven need based on the family’s inability to afford full fees. Normally, bursaries cover between 10% and 50% of the fees but, in very exceptional circumstances, larger bursaries of up to 100% of the basic fees can be awarded. 

 

In addition to financial need, the school’s criteria for awarding bursaries are: 

 

  • to meet the needs of families facing particularly difficult circumstances 
  • to enable very able children to benefit from Kingswood’s education
  • to enable children with a particular talent to benefit from Kingswood’s education
  • to expand the social spectrum benefiting from an independent education. 

 

Financial eligibility for a bursary is determined by a Means Tested Declaration and an assessment of income and capital, according to the Bursars’ Association. The decision to award or not award a bursary is decided by the Headmaster, in agreement with key members of the Senior Management Team.

 

Note that all financially eligible applicants will not be offered bursaries because demand for bursarial assistance is usually greater than the funds available. For more information, please visit the school’s website.

 

Kingswood School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The Kingswood School entrance assessment consists of the following papers:

 

  • English 
  • Maths 
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning 

 

The English paper examines comprehension and writing skills, whilst the maths paper tests problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills.

 

The Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment is designed to test the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge. 

 

The papers consist of a series of questions that are designed to test your child’s ability to use and apply their knowledge in each subject.

 

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

 

How to Prepare for the Kingswood School 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

Our practice tests help students become familiar with the style and layout of the Kingswood School exams, which can help boost their confidence in the lead up to the big day. They cover all the question types that could be asked in the entrance exam and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work.

 

Once you devise a specific study schedule and a structured approach towards 11+ exam preparation, you will be able to remove unnecessary stress from the preparation process and make it more manageable for your child. We highly recommend that students take our practice tests under timed conditions to get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure.

 

Our practice tests are age-appropriate, yet still challenging, corresponding perfectly with the demands of a competitive independent school’s 11+ entrance exam.

 

They are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase. Please see below our recommended packs to help you prepare your child for the Kingswood School 11+ entrance exam.

 

Kingswood School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

 

Recommendations for each part of the Kingswood School 11+ exam can be found below:

 

English

 

The following practice papers are highly recommended for successful preparation for Kingswood School’s 11+ English paper. They will help improve your child’s comprehension skills, such as inference, and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and punctuation:

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1

 

11+ English Pack 2

 

11+ English Pack 3

 

11+ English Pack 4

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

11+ Complete Comprehension Guide

 

11+ Reading Workbook

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

Mathematics

 

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

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

11+ Problem Solving

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning

 

To develop your child’s Reasoning abilities ahead of Kingswood School’s 11+ entrance examination, we suggest that you make use of the following pack that covers all of the key question types:

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

 

 

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