St. Bede’s College, Manchester 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information

Introduction

 

St. Bede’s College is an independent Roman Catholic co-educational school in Whalley Range, Manchester. Founded in 1876 by the Bishop of Salford, Herbert Vaughan, the school admits children from both Roman Catholic and non-Catholic families.

 

The broad curriculum comprises art, biology, business, chemistry, classical civilisation, computing, design technology, drama, economics, English, French, German, Spanish, geography, geology, history, Latin, mathematics, music, physical education, physics, photography, religion, science and statistics.

 

Co-curricular activities include Mythology Society, Science Club, Art Club, Chamber Choir, Boys’ Football, Girls’ Hockey and many others.

 

The school’s Catholic heritage and extensive pastoral provision ensure that pupils leave as well-rounded individuals guided by respect, dignity and compassion. The school’s excellent record in pupils’ personal development suggests that St. Bede’s College’s efforts to make each school day interesting, challenging and stimulating have paid off.

 

St. Bede’s College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

 

Address: Alexandra Park, Manchester M16 8HX

County: Greater Manchester

Admissions info: admissions@stbedescollege.co.uk or 0161 226 3323

School Type: Independent coeducational day school 

Number of Students: 700 (approx.)

Open day: Throughout the year

11+ Exam Date: January of Year 6

11+ Exam Type / Board: School’s own

 

Open Events for St. Bede’s College 11 plus (11+) Entry

 

Open Events are held throughout the year. Regular monthly mini open events and the school’s annual open events take place on the first Thursday and Saturday of October. These events offer you and your child the best opportunity to meet staff and pupils, whilst taking a tour of the College’s departments. Booking is made via an online form available on the school’s website.

 

St. Bede’s College 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

The admissions process for Year 7 entry starts with registration, which should be done at least one year prior to entry. 

 

You and your child will then be invited to meet the Headmaster and take a tour of the College. 

Your child will also be expected to attend a Taster Day during which they will learn about the school’s standards and expectations as well as what it is like to be a pupil at St. Bede’s College.

 

Places are offered on the basis of your child’s performance in the entrance examination, their conduct during the Taster Day and current-school reports/references. The Headmaster makes the final decision about whether or not your child will be admitted.

 

Entrance assessment results and offers of places are usually made known in the first week of March. You will be expected to accept or decline the offer within the following twelve days.

 

The school offers a limited number of means tested bursaries of up to 50% of fees. Assistance is calculated on a sliding scale and is reassessed annually. The awarding of a bursary is discretionary and is based on a range of factors, including your income (from all sources), assets (including personal property) and other family circumstances. 

 

The evaluation process includes a home visit. Offers of support are sent out in writing. To apply for financial assistance, you must fill out an application form, obtained from the Bursar.

 

St. Bede’s College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The St. Bede’s College 11+ exam consists of the following papers:

 

  • English 
  • Mathematics 
  • Verbal Reasoning 

 

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

 

The maths exam assesses your child’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 their logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary. 

 

Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the St. Bede’s College 11+ entrance examination.

 

How to Prepare for the St. Bede’s College 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

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.

 

Our 11+ practice tests are thoroughly researched and up to date. They are designed to reflect the demands of a competitive entrance exam and are successfully used by tens of thousands of students every year. They are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase.

 

Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the St. Bede’s College 11 plus entrance examination can be found below.

 

St. Bede’s College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

 

Recommendations for each section of the St. Bede’s College 11 Plus exam can be found below:

 

English

 

We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the St. Bede’s College 11+ English paper. They will help improve your child’s comprehension skills, such as inference, and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and punctuation:

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1

 

11+ English Pack 2

 

11+ English Pack 3

 

11+ English Pack 4

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

11+ Complete Comprehension Guide

 

11+ Reading Workbook

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

Mathematics  

 

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 St. Bede’s College 11+ maths test:

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

11+ Problem Solving

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

 

Verbal Reasoning  

 

Practice Tests

 

To develop your child’s Reasoning abilities ahead of the St. Bede’s College 11+ entrance examination, we suggest that you make use of the following packs that cover all of the key question types:

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4

 

Skill specific practice

 

The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the St. Bede’s College 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:

 

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

 

 

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