Reed’s School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to Reed’s School has changed. Click here to learn how to prepare for the new assessment.




Reed’s School occupies a leafy 40-acre site on the edge of the village of Cobham in Surrey. It is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 11–18, with a co-educational sixth form. Of the 700 pupils at the school, approximately 100 are boarders.


The school was established in 1813 by the Reverend Doctor Andrew Reed as a school for orphans and, today, the school’s Foundation Bursary scheme still supports children who have lost one or more parent.


On the school’s spacious campus, restored Edwardian buildings sit side-by-side with state-of-the art contemporary facilities, including a purpose-built music school, complete with recording studio, and an indoor cricket centre with bowling machines and analytical equipment.


Pupils follow a broad academic curriculum in the first three years (prior to choosing their GCSE subjects), which includes Reed’s unique Year 9 FutureTech course: a cross-curricular programme incorporating robotics, computer-aided design, mathematical problem-solving and nanotechnology.


The academic curriculum is offset by the school’s co-curricular programme, with a strong focus on the arts and sport, and activities curriculum.


The school does not publish its examination results in national league tables, stating that ‘The value of an education should not be summed up in the results of a single exam, but instead in the adults our pupils become and the difference they make to the world.’ However, its most recent GCSE and A Level results are available on its website.



11 Plus (11+) Information for Reed’s School



Address: Reed’s School, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES
County: Surrey
Admissions info: or 01932 869001
School Type: Boys’ Independent Day and Boarding School
Number of Pupils: 700
11+ Open Day Date: Throughout year
11+ Exam Date: January of Year 6
11+ Exam Type / Board: School’s own



Open Events for Reed’s School 11 plus (11+) Entry



The school holds regular Open Mornings throughout the year. They offer the opportunity to tour the school, meet and talk to members of staff and hear a presentation from the Headmaster. The tour ends with refreshments. Book your place here.


Individual visits are also and option. They can be scheduled during the school week via the  Admissions Office.



Reed’s School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions



The 11+ entrance assessment is held in early January. There will also be an interview with a member of teaching staff.


Candidates who demonstrate outstanding performance in the entrance assessment will be invited back for an academic scholarship interview with the headmaster. Other scholarships  – for art, music and sport – are available at 11+ and are assessed separately.


A limited number of Foundation Bursaries are available. These are primarily for pupils who have a need to board, but applications are accepted for day students.


Reed’s School publishes an Admissions booklet that contains all the key information and dates. A hard copy can be requested from the admissions office or it can be viewed online on the school’s website. 


Parents who would like their son to be considered for a place in First Form (Year 7) at Reed’s School must submit a completed Registration Form, with a non-refundable registration fee of £100, by deadline in mid-November.



Reed’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format



The entrance exam for Reed’s School consists of the following assessments:


  • English (multiple-choice)
  • Mathematics (multiple-choice)
  • Reasoning (Verbal & Non-Verbal)
  • A 20-minute creative writing task


The English paper examines Technical English skills, whilst the writing assessment measures writing skills. For the writing task, marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The maths exam assesses your son’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper may include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


The Verbal Reasoning paper is primarily designed to test and assess his logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning test measures his ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, assessing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge.


Please see below our recommended packs to help prepare your child for the Reed’s School 11+ entrance exam.



How to Prepare for Reed’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam



Consisting of thoroughly researched and up to date questions, our practice tests successfully reflect the actual 11+ exam. They offer a methodical approach towards 11+ exam preparation which can help you identify the strong and weak areas in your child’s knowledge base. 


Aside from identifying potential weaknesses, our practice papers will help you recognise your child’s strengths, and thus you will be able to adjust their study schedule accordingly. 


The preparation process should become a little less demanding with a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’.


Whilst age-appropriate, our practice tests are challenging, and are successfully used by tens of thousands of students every year. Practical and convenient, 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 Reed’s School 11 plus entrance examinations.



Reed’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers



Recommendations for each section of the Reed’s School 11 Plus exam can be found below:


Technical English


To  improve your son’s Technical English skills ahead of the Reed’s School English assessment, we highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Technical English + Skill Specific Practice


11+ Punctuation


11+ Sentence Completion 


11+ Spelling Pack 3 


11+ Comprehension Pack 1 


11+ Inference Skills




11+ English Masterclass


Creative Writing


To prepare for the Reed’s School creative writing task, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will improve your son’s writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:


11+ Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Mathematics: multiple-choice format


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


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4 


Skill Specific Practice


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+ Problem Solving – Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving – Pack 2


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics




11+ Mathematics Masterclass


Non-Verbal Reasoning + Verbal Reasoning


To develop your son’s Reasoning abilities ahead of the Reed’s School 11+ entrance examination, we suggest that you make use of the following packs that cover all of the key question types:


Non-Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests 


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Skill specific practice


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Why do some of the recommendations above show me grammar school papers?


The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.


Whilst Reed’s School is an independent school, they actually use the grammar school (multiple-choice) format for some of their exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.



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