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



St. Catherine’s School occupies a 25-acre site in the village of Bramley, near Guildford in Surrey. It is an academically selective Church of England School for girls aged 4–18, which accepts both day students and boarders.


St. Catherine’s School first opened in 1885 with 11 boarders and 6 day students. Its chapel, which dates back to 1894, still has its original Victorian stained-glass windows (designed by Charles Eamer Kempe) and Father Willis organ.


Today, St. Catherine’s School educates around 900 girls. It celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2010, and has since opened its 125th Anniversary Halls, an award-winning facility for music and drama, to mark the occasion. The new halls were officially opened by Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, who went on to become the school’s official patron in 2015.


The school’s most recent inspection by ISI was in 2016 and it was found to be ‘excellent’ in all areas.


11 Plus Exam Information for St. Catherine’s School


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

County: Surrey

Admissions info: or 01483 899609

School Type: Girls’ independent school (day and boarding)

Number of Students: 900 (approx.)

Open Day Date: Throughout the year

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


St. Catherine’s School 11 Plus Admissions


St. Catherine’s is an academically selective school.  All applicants wishing to be considered for entry into Year 7, including those from St. Catherine’s Prep School, must sit the school’s own 11+ entrance exams in Maths, English, Science and Verbal Reasoning. A report is also requested from the Head of the applicant’s current school.


Means-tested bursaries are available and four academic scholarships are awarded to 11+ entrants each year. These are awarded based on performance in the entrance exams.


St. Catherine’s publishes an Annual Information Booklet, which covers everything from the school’s curriculum and co-curricular activities, through boarding and pastoral care to applications, admissions and fees. A copy of the Whole School Admissions Procedure can also be downloaded from the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to St. Catherine’s School


It is recommended that all parents interested in applying for Year 7 entry to St. Catherine’s School for their daughter attend one of the school’s open mornings (held year round). Booking can be made via the online form on the school’s website.


Parents of all applicants must complete the registration form, which can be downloaded from the school’s website, and return it to the school along with a non-refundable registration fee of £100 (£200 for overseas students).


The deadline for registration is at the beginning of November. However, it is advisable to register by mid-September so that your daughter can attend a taster morning (open to registered girls only) in early October.


For more information about the St. Catherine’s School application and admissions process, please contact the Registrar: or 01483 899609.


St. Catherine’s School 11 Plus Exam Format


The 11+ entrance exam for St. Catherine’s School consists of the following papers set by the school:


  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Verbal Reasoning.


The papers are based on the content of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. The school does not publish past or specimen papers.


How to Prepare for the St. Catherine’s School 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance examination process. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of a competitive independent school’s entrance exam.




To prepare for the St. Catherine’s School English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




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




11+ Complete Writing Guide


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11+ Spelling Pack 1


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To prepare for Maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


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


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


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+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Statistics


Verbal Reasoning


Practice Tests


To prepare for the Verbal Reasoning paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


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. Catherine’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




To develop your daughters’s skills in Science, we highly recommend the following packs:


11+ Science Pack 1


11+ Science Pack 2



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