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Oakhill School, Lancashire: 11 Plus (11+)/Year 7 Entry


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Oakhill School and Nursery is a Catholic independent day school that caters for boys and girls. It comprises a Nursery School, a Preparatory School and a Senior School (it does not have a Sixth Form). Based in Whalley, Oakhill School is proud of the warm and friendly environment it provides to all its pupils. Faith is at the heart of school life, with the school motto being Fides Quamquercus Fortior (Faith Stronger than the Oak).


Academically, pupils at Oakhill Senior School are provided with everything they need to reach their full potential. Small class sizes mean every pupil benefits from having teachers who know them well and can offer them plenty of undivided attention. Unsurprisingly, students typically surpass their predicted targets.


With over 50 activities on offer, including sports, art and languages, the extra-curricular programme at Oakhill Senior School has something for everyone. Students are also given the opportunity to go on school trips, both in the UK and abroad. Participation in the extra-curricular programme helps pupils grow into well-rounded, accomplished young adults.


Students receive strong pastoral support at Oakhill Senior School. Form Tutors are there to guide pupils, and all members of staff work hard to spot minor issues and deal with them before they become anything significant. Whole school events, such as music concerts and school productions, mean pupils make friends across all the year groups, helping to make the school feel like a second home.



Oakhill School, Lancashire: Admissions Process for 11 Plus (11+)/Year 7 Entry


If you are interested in your child starting Oakhill School in Year 7, the best place to begin is by visiting the school. You can arrange this by using the contact details provided lower down. You will meet the Principal, key members of staff and current pupils during your visit, helping you to gain a greater understanding of the school’s ethos.


The next step in the process involves registering your child for a place and paying the registration fee. 


In December of Year 6, your child will attend a Taster Day. In the morning, they will sit a maths test and an English test. In the afternoon, they will get to experience what life is like at Oakhill Senior School. Please note that if your child is unable to attend the Taster Day in December, it is possible to arrange an alternative day. 


Oakhill School is non-selective. The Taster Day is to establish whether your child would thrive at Oakhill. Additionally, the tests enable staff to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, which means additional support can be put in place if necessary.


You will know within two weeks of the Taster Day whether your child has secured a place. Any offer needs to be accepted by the deadline given in the offer letter. Also, the relevant paperwork needs to be completed and the acceptance deposit paid.


Priority may be given to children who already have a sibling at the school or who have a sibling who previously attended the school.



Oakhill School, Lancashire: Scholarships and Bursaries


For 11+ entry, one Academic scholarship is usually awarded to the candidate who performs the best in the entrance assessments. Also, an All-Rounder award is available for 11+ entry. This is awarded based on outstanding achievement in a particular area, such as sport, music, art or service to the candidate’s current school.


Oakhill School offers a limited number of bursaries to children who would benefit from attending the school but whose families are unable to afford the fees. To be considered for a bursary, your financial circumstances will be assessed. If the gross annual income of your household exceeds £60,000, you would be unlikely to qualify for a bursary.



Oakhill School, Lancashire: School Details and Entrance Assessment Information


School address: Wiswell Lane, Whalley, BB7 9AF

County: Lancashire

Admissions info: or 01254 823546

School type: Catholic Independent day school for boys and girls

Visits: Contact the school to arrange a visit

Entrance assessments for Year 7: Maths paper and English paper


The entrance assessments are a standard maths paper and a standard English paper. 


You can expect the maths paper to test your child’s knowledge of topics from the relevant National Curriculum stage and their mathematical problem-solving skills.


You can expect the English paper to test their comprehension and writing skills. The quality of their spelling, punctuation and grammar will also be looked at.


Although Oakhill School is non-selective, doing well in the assessments will boost your child’s confidence and enable them to feel positive about starting Year 7 at Oakhill School. They could even be awarded the Academic scholarship!



Preparing for the Oakhill School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Assessments


At Exam Papers Plus, we believe that preparing for Oakhill School’s entrance assessments by working through our practice tests will help your child in several ways:


  • They will have an idea of what to expect on the day, so will feel less nervous and be able to enjoy the day more.
  • They will improve across all the areas that will be tested, which will help them believe in their ability to do well, both in the assessments and in general.
  • They will get used to working under time pressure (something that will help them when they sit the entrance assessments and in all future exams).



Oakhill School, Lancashire: Practice Materials for the Entrance Assessments


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core Maths and English skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the Oakhill School, Lancashire, 7+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about comprehension and writing:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


Comprehension Guide


This guide covers all the key comprehension question types in a clear, step-by-step manner so that both you and your child know exactly what to expect on exam day.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


Writing Guide


Starting from the foundational basics, this guide works its way through all the key skills your child needs to develop to become an excellent writer within the framework of what’s expected at the 7+ level.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

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The following 7+ packs will help your child develop the key skills needed to do well in the mathematics section of the Oakhill School entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


Each of the following skill practice 7+ mathematics packs focuses on just one specific topic, covering all the possible variations your child may face on exam day:


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

7+ Mathematics: Addition & Subtraction

7+ Mathematics: Multiplication & Division

7+ Mathematics: Geometry

7+ Mathematics: Number & Place Value

7+ Mathematics: Measurement

7+ Mathematics: Fractions

7+ Mathematics: Statistics


Mathematics Guide


This guide covers the full 7+ maths syllabus step-by-step, teaching your child everything they need to know in a fun and interactive manner.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics




Lady Eleanor Holles is keen to find students who can listen to instructions, process information and respond accurately. This pack will help develop these key skills:


7+ Listening Pack 1


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The information provided about Oakhill School and Nursery was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of possible future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Exam Papers Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and resources and is not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of the Oakhill School maths paper and English paper or any other test publisher.

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