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

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Introduction

 

Basic information: St Benedict’s School is an independent Catholic school located in the west London suburb of Ealing. Established in 1902 as a boys school, it has been fully co-educational since 2007.[1]

 

Curriculum: St Benedict’s actively invests in boosting pupils’ skills during their first year in the Senior School. Students are encouraged to learn independently and, to reach their full potential, they are advised to take two sciences, a creative subject, humanities and a language together with mathematics, English and religious studies.[2]

 

Co-curricular: The Senior School offers over a hundred co-curricular activities which include sporting, artistic and academic pursuits. Since the department acknowledges the importance of engaging pupils in various activities, these are available throughout the week. [3]

 

Inspection reports: ISI recognises St Benedict’s efforts to provide pupils with a conducive learning atmosphere. Alongside excellent pastoral care, the school delivers high academic standards, allowing students to enter some of the best universities in the UK and beyond. The most recent ISI report also states that pupils excel in the areas of both physical and creative development.

 

Through an extensive curriculum and a broad programme of co-curricular activities, St Benedict’s enables pupils to obtain exemplary academic and non-academic qualifications. Driven by strong moral and spiritual values, pupils pursue their ambitions with confidence and face life’s challenges with tenacity.

 

St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

 

Address: 5 Montpelier Avenue, Ealing, London W5 2XP

County: Greater London

Admissions info: seniorschool@stbenedicts.org.uk or 020 8862 2000

School type: Independent co-ed day school

Open days: September

11+ Exam date: January of Year 6

 

Open Events for St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) Entry

 

St Benedict’s School welcomes families on campus during Open Events. If you wish to experience the school’s atmosphere, tour its facilities and meet key members of the teaching staff, you are strongly encouraged to attend these events. Please click here to learn how to book.

 

St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

To be considered for Year 7 entry, your child should be registered with the school before the deadline in late November of the year preceding entry. Online forms should be submitted together with a non-refundable registration fee of £125 (£250 for overseas applicants). 

 

Applicants who wish to enter St Benedict’s must provide school reports and a reference from their current school. As a part of the admissions process, they also must sit the 11+ entrance examination. Furthermore, they will be invited to attend an interview with the Headmaster.

 

St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries

 

Academic Scholarships are awarded to the top-performing candidates in the 11+ entrance examination. Awarding criteria include a satisfactory school reference from their current school and a positive conduct during an interview.

 

Art, Music and Sports Scholarships are also available. Art & Design Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a portfolio and a short interview. Drama Scholarships are offered to applicants who exhibit a range of acting skills during an audition and interview with the Head of Drama. Music Scholarships are available to students who have achieved the Associated Board of Music’s Grade 5 at 11+ and who perform well in an audition and interview. 

 

Sports Scholarships are awarded for rugby, cricket, athletics and fencing to boys and for hockey, netball, athletics and fencing to girls. Trials will take place in November of the year preceding entry. As part of the evaluation process, there will be an interview with the Director of Sport.

 

Bursaries are available to families in financial need. In order for your child to be considered for a bursary, they will be asked to sit assessments and attend an interview. To apply, you should request a bursary application from the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the assessment process includes a home visit. More details are available on this page.

 

St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) exam consist of the following assessments:

 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-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 Verbal Reasoning section is designed to test and assess logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.

 

The Non-Verbal Reasoning paper 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 St Benedict’s School 11 Plus entrance examination.

 

How to Prepare for the St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Assessment 

 

Our practice tests help students become familiar with the style and layout of the St Benedict’s School exam, which can help boost their confidence in the lead up to the big day. They cover all the question types that could be asked in the entrance exam and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work.

 

Once you devise a specific study schedule and a structured approach towards 11+ exam preparation, you will be able to remove unnecessary stress from the preparation process and make it more manageable for your child.

 

We highly recommend that students take our practice tests under timed conditions to get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure.

 

Our practice tests are age-appropriate, yet still challenging, corresponding perfectly with the demands of a competitive independent school’s 11+ entrance exam. 

 

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

 

St Benedict’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

 

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

 

English

 

We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the St Benedict’s School 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+ English Pack 5

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

11+ Complete Comprehension Guide

 

11+ Reading Workbook

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Rewrite & Improve

 

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 Benedict’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+ Problem Solving Pack 1

 

11+ Problem Solving Pack 2

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic 

 

11+ Algebra

 

11+ Angles & Degrees

 

11+ BODMAS

 

11+ Estimation & Place Value

 

11+ Factors & Multiples

 

11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

 

11+ Measurements

 

11+ Money

 

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+ Speed, Distance & Time

 

11+ Statistics

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning

 

To develop your child’s Non-Verbal Reasoning abilities ahead of the St Benedict’s School 11+ entrance examination, we suggest that you make use of the following packs that cover all of the key question types:

 

Full 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

 

Masterclasses

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Masterclass

 

Verbal Reasoning

 

To prepare your child for the St Benedict’s School Verbal Reasoning paper, we strongly recommend the use of the following packs:

 

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

 

The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the St Benedict’s School 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

 

Interviews

 

11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide

 

 

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