Oundle School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



Oundle School is the third largest independent boarding and day school in England. The school is fully coeducational and around three-quarters of its pupils are boarders.


Located in the historic market town of Oundle, on the River Nene in Northamptonshire, the school’s buildings are scattered throughout the town.  Some of the boarding houses are in the centre of the town, with large grounds extending to the rear. Others are located on the edge of the town alongside the school’s playing fields and sports facilities.


Oundle School has been governed by a Royal Charter since 1930. However, its history extends back much further, to 1556, when Sir William Laxton bequeathed money for the foundation of a free grammar school in Oundle. Sir William Laxton was the Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and the Company still supports the school today and is responsible for nominating eight of its governors.


Oundle School operates a complex two-strand curriculum, with examined subjects being taught alongside a range of non-examined and voluntary courses. It also has its own unique subjects, including ‘Trivium’, which it describes as “a course based on ‘interestingness’”.  In the First and Second Forms (Years 7 and 8) at Oundle, there is a strong focus on the traditional academic subjects, with a wider range of choices becoming available to pupils from the Third Form (Year 9) onwards. The school has a strong record when it comes to exam results and 94% of GCSE grades fell into the A*–B bracket in 2018.


11 Plus Exam Information for Oundle School


Address: Oundle School, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4GH

County: Northamptonshire

Admissions info: admissions@oundleschool.org.uk or 01832 277125

School Type: Coeducational independent boarding and day school

Number of Pupils: 1110 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 60 (approx.)

Open Day Date: September, January and May

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own and CAT4


Oundle School 11 Plus Admissions


Each year around 60 places are available for 11+ entry into the First Form (Year 7) at Oundle School. Boarders enter the junior boarding house, called The Berrystead, and day pupils enter Scott House. There are 20 places available in The Berrystead and 40 available in Scott House.


The school is academically selective and places are offered based on performance in a written entrance exam and interview. The exam consists of a cognitive abilities test, plus papers in maths, English and science.


Candidates applying for day places in Scott House take the cognitive abilities test online in November. Based on the results of the test, candidates may be offered a place or invited to take the entrance exam in January.


Candidates applying for boarding places in The Berrystead take the test and exam at Oundle in January and stay overnight.


A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available. However, decisions regarding bursaries are made around two years ahead of entry, so parents requiring financial assistance must contract the school well in advance of the entry date.


Four academic scholarships and two music scholarships are available at 11+ entry and extend for two years. Candidates who perform at a high level in the entrance exam are invited to take separate scholarships papers to contest the academic awards. Candidates for the music awards are auditioned and interviewed. Scholarships are awarded in recognition of proven talent and do not necessarily offer any remission of fees.


The school publishes a booklet of Admissions Information, which can be downloaded from is website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Oundle School


Oundle School holds three open days each academic year – in September, January and May – for prospective pupils and their families. To book a place on one of these open days or to arrange an individual visit, please contact the Admissions Office directly: admissions@oundleschool.org.uk or 01832 277125.


Parents who are interest in applying for an 11+ place at Oundle School should request a prospectus via the website. A registration form is included in the prospectus pack. A non-refundable fee of £250 is payable on registration.


It is recommended that parents who wish to apply for a place at Oundle School for their child register as early as possible, especially as decisions about bursaries are made approximately two years in advance of entry.


Oundle School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Oundle School entrance exam consists of the following papers and tests:


  • English paper (1 hour): reading comprehension and writing composition
  • Maths paper (1 hour): arithmetic and problem solving
  • Science exam
  • Cognitive Ability Test


Calculators are not permitted for the maths paper.


Candidates who perform to a high standard in the English and maths papers are invited to sit a scholarship paper, which is made up of a half-hour section of maths problems and a half-hour section of English reading comprehension.


How to Prepare for the Oundle School 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 English and maths paper of the Oundle School 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 Oundle School English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




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


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Statistics




To develop your child’s skills in Science, we highly recommend the following packs:


11+ Science Pack 1


11+ Science Pack 2




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT4)


The following Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT) online practice tests and courses are highly recommended for successful preparation for the online Reasoning test. They will familiarise your child with many different Reasoning question types that could come up in the exam:


CAT Practice Test 1


CAT Practice Test 2


CAT Practice Test 3


CAT Practice Test 4



CAT Quantitative Reasoning Course


CAT Non-Verbal Reasoning Course


CAT Spatial Reasoning Course


CAT Verbal Reasoning Course



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