Orchard Park High School 11 Plus (11+) Banding Test Information



Previously known as Edenham High School, Orchard Park High School and Sixth Form is a co-educational school in Shirley, Croydon. The school has academy status and is part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, which is a group of schools that share the same educational values. Orchard Park is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. The school offers GCSEs, A Levels and a range of further vocational courses.


11 Plus Exam Information for Orchard Park High School


Address: Orchard Park High School, Orchard Way, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 7NJ

County: Greater London

Admissions Info: admin@orchardparkhigh.net, 020 8776 0220

School Type: Mixed secondary

Number of pupils: Confirmation required

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Dates: October

Exam Date: December


Orchard Park High School 11 Plus Admissions


Orchard Park High School is an academy in the Greenshaw Learning Trust, which is the admissions authority for the school. Orchard Park’s admissions process is administered by the school in accordance with the Trust’s policies.


Each year, the school admits 180 students into Year 7, giving priority to:


  • Looked After or Previously Looked After children
  • Students with exceptional social or medical needs
  • Pupils who have a parent that works at the school
  • Students who live closest to Orchard Park High School
  • Students who are in a tie break for places
  • All other unallocated places


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Orchard Park High School


Before applying for a Year 7 place at Orchard Park, parents and students are advised to attend one of the school’s Open Mornings, which take place throughout October. The school’s Open Mornings do not include a tour of the school but private appointments to view the campus can be made by emailing admissions@orchardparkhigh.net.


All applicants to the school must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) for entry into Year 7 for September. The form can be downloaded from the school website.


In order to gain entry to the school, every candidate is required to sit a compulsory Ability Banding Test which takes place in December.


Orchard Park High School Banding Test Format


The Orchard Park Banding Test takes place in December for entry to the school the following September. Parents will receive notification of the testing arrangements in November.


The Banding Test consists of two papers:


  • A verbal reasoning test
  • A non-verbal reasoning test


Both papers last approximately 30 minutes each and scores are age-standardised to ensure that older students don’t have an unfair advantage.


Based on the results of the banding test, students are placed into one of nine ability bands and places are allocated to students against the band in which they are placed. The number of places in each ability band is determined by the total number of applicants.


Offer letters will be sent to parents by the Home Local Authority on National Offer Day. Parents should then accept the offer in writing before the deadline date.


Orchard Park High School doesn’t provide information on individual scores or rankings and doesn’t have an appeals process. For more information on the school’s Banding Test, please visit the Admissions page, here.


How to Prepare for the Orchard Park High School 11 Plus Banding Test?


When preparing for the Orchard Park High School Banding Test, practice makes perfect. We’d recommend that parents help their children create a detailed study plan that outlines the topics that need to be studied and when.


At Exam Papers Plus, we specialise in producing practice tests to help students prepare for competitive entry exams. Our verbal and non-verbal reasoning practice papers are designed to replicate the types of questions that students could be asked on test day.


When taken under timed exam conditions, our tests can help improve students’ time management skills. As they grow in experience, students will become more aware of how long to spend on each question type.


For students preparing for the Orchard Park High School Banding Test, we’d recommend the following resources:


Non-Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests


Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

Skill Specific Practice



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