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St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, 11 Plus Entrance Exam Information 2024


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St. Gabriel’s School is an independent day school located at Sandleford Priory in Sandleford, two miles (3 km) south of Newbury. It was founded in 1929 in Mill Hill and was re-located to its current site by an order of Anglican nuns in 1948. It came under the authority of a Board of Governors in 1974.


The Senior School offers girls an education centered on the real world yet with idealism at its heart. The formal curriculum is broad and balanced with a wide range of subjects at GCSE and A level, including English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computing, along with two modern foreign languages (French and Mandarin Chinese).


With the aim to improve their overall well-being, PSHE and Physical Education are also taught at St Gabriel’s. Girls benefit greatly from the extensive PSHE programme, which includes career education and skills for lifelong intellectual curiosity.


The school’s ethos is centered on developing girls’ talents to the fullest within a happy and secure, supportive and caring environment. It is reinforced by an outstanding system of pastoral care which ensures that strong bonds between pupils, parents, teachers and administrative staff are formed and maintained.


Over 60 clubs and subject clinics are available within the co-curricular programme, including football, chess, Robotics Club and Jazz Band, debating and curriculum clinics. The equestrian team welcomes everyone who has a horse or pony.


At St. Gabriel’s, girls are prepared for success both in the classroom and through the exciting range of co-curricular activities, so that they can face the world with assurance, grit and a love of learning in their adulthood. 


The school, through providing full support, aims for every pupil to exceed their expectations, whether that is achieving an A* rather than an A, or a B rather than a C. In this way, the school ensures that the entire community remains true to its motto: Your route to success.


St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024


Address: Sandleford Priory Newbury RG20 9BD

County: Berkshire

Admissions info: or 01635 555680

School type: Independent day school for girls

Number of students: 500 (approx.)

Open day: October, March

11+ Exam date: October/November of Year 6

11+ Exam type / Board: School’s own


Open Events for St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, 11 Plus (11+) Entry


St. Gabriel’s holds a number of open events that you can attend throughout the year. Open Mornings comprise a pupil-guided tour of the school. They offer a perfect introduction to St. Gabriel’s on a normal school day and include a talk by the Principal, as well as meetings with members of the Senior Leadership Team and academic staff over refreshments.


You can also arrange an individual visit at a suitable time. More details are available on this page. The school’s exact location can be viewed on the map below:



St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


Girls registered for entry to Year 7 are invited to Candidates’ Day in October, during which they get a taste of life in the Senior School prior to taking the entrance examinations.


Entrance examinations take place in October / November prior to their year of entry. Your daughter will sit a paper-based exam and attend a short and informal interview with the Principal and Vice-Principal.


Offers are made after a successful performance in the entrance examinations together with a satisfactory confidential progress report from your daughter’s current school. The registration fee is a total of £100.


St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The 11+ exam at St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, consists of the following papers:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal Reasoning


The English paper focuses on both writing and comprehension skills, including spelling, grammar and inference.


The maths exam tests pupils’ problem-solving and arithmetic skills. The paper will include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


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


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the St Gabriel’s School 11+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, 11 Plus (11+) Exam


A competitive and selective entrance exam requires preparation. Our practice tests are an appropriate addition to the preparation process, offering familiarisation with the exam layout and the types of questions your daughter will encounter on exam day.


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Our practice tests help identify the weaker areas in your daughter’s knowledge base that require additional work. By distinguishing her strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to devise a study plan that focuses on studying little and often.


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St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

NOTE: The following English and Mathematics practice tests are in standard format, which means that students need to write in their own answers rather than choose from a list of multiple-choice options. This matches the 11+ Exam format used by the school.



To help improve your daughter’s comprehension and writing skills (including spelling, vocabulary and inference) ahead of the St. Gabriel’s School 11+ English exam, we recommend that you make use of the following packs:




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11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


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11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1


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11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




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


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Verbal Reasoning


Practice Tests


The following packs will help prepare your daughter for the St. Gabriel’s School 11+ Verbal Reasoning paper:


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Skill specific practice


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11+ Number Calculations


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11+ Related Words


11+ Rhyming Synonyms


11+ Shuffled Sentences


11+ Synonyms


11+ Word Completion


11+ Word Match


11+ Word Opposites


11+ Word Pairs


11+ Word Puzzles


11+ Word Relationships




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


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