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Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Basic information: Royal Russell School is an independent co-ed day and boarding school in the Shirley area of Croydon, South London. Patronised by Queen Elizabeth II, it occupies 100 acres of land, including spacious gardens and woods. [1]


Curriculum: In the Upper Junior School, the provision of both academic and non-academic education extends beyond the demands of the national curriculum and thus covers a broad range of relevant disciplines. Teaching is engaging and inspirational, rewarding pupils’ work, effort and initiative and boosting their ability to thrive within a competitive environment. 


Co-curricular: The school takes full advantage of its extensive grounds through numerous sporting facilities, including four full size and four junior size grass football pitches, a new national standard floodlit hockey pitch and a 25-metre indoor swimming pool. Activities range from hockey, basketball and football to cricket, gymnastics and athletics, maximising pupils’ skills and sporting potential along with their physical versatility. [2]


ISI Inspection report: Royal Russell has been rated as ‘Excellent’ across every assessed area during their most recent ISI inspection. According to the report, relationships throughout the school are exemplary and achievements are of the highest standard, securing pupils’ moral, social and cultural development in parallel with their academic growth. [3]


Royal Russell School is home to a community of passionate learners who pursue their goals with high levels of effort and commitment. Its ethos celebrates diversity and inclusivity, fostering a culture of integrity and respect in line with the motto ‘Not for oneself but for everyone’.


Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Exam Information


Address: Coombe Lane, Croydon, CR9 5BX

County: Surrey

Admissions info: or 020 8651 5884

School type: Independent, co-ed day and boarding school

Open events: In the Spring and Autumn Terms

8+ Exam date: November of Year 3


Open Events for Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Entry


Open Events offer families the perfect opportunity to familiarise themselves with life on the Royal Russel campus. You and your child will explore the extensive site through guided tours and learn first-hand about the educational provision and admissions process. More details are available on the school’s website.


Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Admissions


In the first stage of the entry procedure, you should register your child with the school by completing an online form and paying the £100 (£150 for boarders) registration fee. The registration deadline is in October of the year preceding entry.


In the following weeks, the school will get in touch to schedule assessments and a taster day, during which your child will be observed and interviewed by a senior staff member. These typically take place in November of the year preceding entry.


Subject to your child’s successful performance in the exams and interviews, you may receive an offer of a place (in February), to be accepted with a payment of a deposit.


Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and bursaries are only available to Senior School applicants.


Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Exam Format


The Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English (essay)
  • Mathematics (multiple-choice)
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning (multiple-choice)


The English exam examines writing skills, including punctuation and spelling. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The Maths exam assesses problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including your child’s knowledge of times tables.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning exam measures the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Royal Russell School 8 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Assessment 


One of the best ways to prepare for a competitive entrance exam is to use our practice tests. Getting to know the types of questions and the format of the actual exam will help boost your child’s confidence.


Aside from becoming familiarised with the exam format, our practice tests will ensure that your child responds to the questions in an efficient and effective manner. 


They also provide an excellent opportunity for your child to practise working under time pressure. Whilst doing the tests under timed conditions, children can get used to answering questions quickly, with a close attention to detail.


The majority of our 8+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Royal Russell School 8 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Royal Russell School 8 Plus (8+) Exam Practice Papers


Recommendations for each section of the Royal Russell School 8 Plus exam can be found below:




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Royal Russell School 8 Plus English assessment. They will help improve your child’s writing skills:


Writing Skills


8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Rewrite & Improve

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Dictation


The Complete Guide to 8+ Writing


If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.




We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Royal Russell School 8 Plus maths test:


Full Practice Tests


8+ Mathematics Pack 4

8+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving


Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR)


The following packs will significantly boost your child’s skills ahead of the Royal Russell School 8 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning test:


8+ Reasoning Pack 1 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 2 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 3 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 4 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 5 (NVR sections only)




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the Royal Russell School 8 Plus entrance exam:


8+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Royal Russell School 8+ past papers. The information provided about Royal Russell 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.


Other entry points for Royal Russell School:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam


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