St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information

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Introduction

 

St Catherine’s School is an independent girls’ school in the village of Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey. Founded in 1885, the school’s patron is Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall. [1]

 

Pupils study art, biology, chemistry, design technology, drama, English, French, geography, German, history, home economics, Latin, mathematics, music, physical education, physics, religious studies, Spanish, textiles, ICT and computing. After classes, they get to choose from a wide selection of activities, clubs and societies on offer, including LAMDA, Music Theory, Mandarin and Model United Nations.

 

Providing an all-round education within a safe and healthy environment and first-class facilities, the school ensures the personal and physical development of pupils while boosting their academic potential. As they actively prepare to enter adulthood and face all of its complexities, girls at St Catherine’s grow in character and maximise their talents and abilities, demonstrated freely both in and out of the classroom.

 

St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

 

Address: St Catherine’s School, Station Road, Bramley, Guildford, GU5 0DF

County: Surrey

Admissions info: admissions@stcatherines.info or 01483 899609

School type: Independent day and boarding school for girls

Number of students: 640 (approx.) 

Open days: Throughout the year

Exam date: January of Year 6

Exam type / Board: School’s own

 

Open Events for St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 plus (11+) Entry

 

The school holds Open Mornings and Prospective Parents’ Mornings throughout the year.

Click here for details on how to book.

 

St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

  

The admissions process begins with registration. You will be expected to submit a completed Registration Form along with a payment of the non-refundable registration fee of £100. The registration deadline is in early November of the year preceding entry. 

 

Upon registering, your daughter will be invited to attend a Taster Morning in October. The entrance examinations for 11+ entry take place in January of Year 6. There may also be an interview. 

 

Offer letters are sent out later the same month, and the acceptance deadline is in early March. To accept a place, you will be asked to pay a deposit of £500 for day pupils and £1,000 for boarders.

 

St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries

 

The school awards four Academic Entrance Scholarships on the basis of performance in the entrance examinations. Two scholarships are valued at 20% of the fees, and the other two at 10%. Scholarships are awarded in the areas of Art, Textiles, Drama, Music and Sport, as well.

 

There is one Music Scholarship, valued at 20% of the fees and tuition on one instrument, and another one of 10% of fees and tuition on one instrument. The deadline for applications is in November and auditions are in January.  

 

Bursaries are means-tested and offered to girls from low-income families who show interest in receiving financial support from the school. However, candidates will still be expected to show a certain level of academic ability, assessed through the entrance examinations. 

 

Bursaries are reviewed annually and may vary in value. They may cover up to 100% of fees. Click here for more details.

 

St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11+ exam consists of the following tests:

 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science 
  • 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 daughter’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper may include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.

 

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

 

There will also be a Science paper, examining her knowledge in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

 

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

 

How to Prepare for the St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

Our practice tests help students become familiar with the style and layout of the St Catherine’s, Bramley, exams, 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. They are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase.

 

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

 

St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

 

English

 

We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11+ English paper. They will help improve your daughter’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 daughter’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the St Catherine’s, Bramley, 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

 

Science

 

To develop your daughter’s skills in the areas of Science ahead of the St Catherine’s, Bramley, 11+ exam, we highly recommend the following packs:

 

11+ Science Pack 1

 

11+ Science Pack 2

 

Verbal Reasoning

 

To prepare your child for the St Catherine’s 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 Catherine’s, Bramley, 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 Catherine’s, Bramley, 11+ past papers. The information provided about St Catherine’s, Bramley, 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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