Newstead Wood School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



Located in the London town of Orpington, Newstead Wood was founded in 1957 and gained academy status in 2011. A selective all-girls’ school, Newstead Wood teaches over 1,000 girls aged 11-18. The school specialises in engineering and languages and has been previously described by Ofsted as “an outstandingly successful school”.


Newstead Wood offers its pupils the opportunity to travel during their school life; watch this short video from the school’s 2017 trip to Borneo:



11 Plus Exam Information for Newstead Wood


Address: Newstead Wood School, Avebury Road, Orpington BR6 9SA

County: London (Bromley)

Admissions Info:, 01689 853626

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,012 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 160

Open Day Date: September

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


Newstead Wood 11 Plus Admissions


Admission to Newstead Wood School for Year 7 is by academic selection, via an 11 Plus exam. The school is regularly oversubscribed, with an average of eight applications for every one place at Year 7. Parents and students are encouraged to attend the school’s open day in September to ensure that the school is the correct environment for prospective pupils before applying for a place.


It is highly likely that there will be more applicants than available places in Year 7. The school ranks the top scorers in the 11+ selection tests and ranks them in order, giving priority to:


  1. Girls who live within a 9-mile radius of the school
  2. Daughters of a staff member that has been employed at the school for more than two years at the time of application
  3. Girls who do not meet the above conditions


Parents should be aware that, to date, no places have ever been offered to applicants from group #3, due to the high volume of applications that Newstead Wood receives.


For more information about Newstead Wood’s admissions process, visit the school’s website directly.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Newstead Wood


To apply for a place at Newstead Wood School, parents must first complete their Local Authority (LA) Application Form and state the school as one of their preferences.


Parents must return the Common Application Form (CAF) to their LA within the registration period. Secondly, parents must also complete Newstead Wood’s own Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which can be downloaded from the school’s website.


Parents will receive the results of the tests via post by mid-October.


Newstead Wood School Catchment Area


Does Newstead Wood have a catchment area?


Yes, Newstead Wood has a wide catchment area (within a 9-mile radius of the school).


Newstead Wood 11 Plus Exam Format


Girls will sit two tests in the following subjects:



Both these tests are multiple-choice and take between 40 – 50 minutes each.


The scores achieved by girls in the tests will be age adjusted and placed in ranked order based on the total score achieved.


How to Prepare for the Newstead Wood 11 Plus Exam?


Newstead Wood School has an excellent reputation and consistently ranks highly in UK grammar school league tables. With this in mind, it’s inevitable that competition for Year 7 places will be high.


The school looks for pupils to have good reasoning skills and its two-part 11 Plus test will challenge many girls. Students should focus on both Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning skills in order to have a complete knowledge and understanding of the types of questions that may be asked.


Practice Exam Papers for the Newstead Wood School 11 Plus Exam


If your daughter is due to sit the Newstead Wood School 11 Plus exam, we would specifically recommend the following resources:


Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

Skill Specific Practice


Non-Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests



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