Surbiton High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam and Admissions Information




Surbiton High School is an independent day school for girls aged 4–18 and boys aged 4–11. It is situated in Surbiton, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and consists of a prep school for boys and a prep school, senior school and sixth form for girls.


The school’s facilities are spread across several different locations, with the main school buildings and assembly rooms being clustered in the centre of Surbiton and the boat house and sports grounds further afield in Teddington and Hinchley Wood respectively.


Surbiton High School celebrated its 135th anniversary in January 2019. It was the first school opened under the Church Schools Company and, today, remains part of United Learning, as the Company is now known.  Regardless of this strong Christian heritage, the modern school accepts pupils from all faiths and backgrounds.


Surbiton High School offers a broad academic curriculum, offset by a wide range of co-curricular activities. In 2018, 79% of all GCSE grades were in the top 9–7/A*–A range, and 94% of all results were graded 9–6/A*–B. The school performs particularly well in modern languages, STEM subjects and drama and the creative arts.


11 Plus Information for Surbiton High School


Address: Surbiton High Senior School, 13–15 Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2JT

County: Greater London

Admissions info: 020 8439 1309 or

School Type: Independent day school for girls aged 4–18 and boys aged 4–11

Number of Pupils:  approx. 1300

Open Day Date: Throughout year

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Surbiton High School 11 Plus Admissions


Surbiton High School operates an academically selective admissions procedure. The entrance examination for Year 7 (11+) entry is held in January of the year of entry. There are no interviews and personal statements are not required.


The entrance exam consists of two papers – English and maths – and candidates are asked to complete a short questionnaire about their personal interests, experiences and approach to real-life problem solving.  The questionnaire is not marked, but may form part of the decision-making process.


A report is obtained from each candidate’s current school prior to the examination.

Pupils from the Surbiton High School Girls’ Prep do not sit the entrance examination unless they wish to apply for an academic scholarship or assisted place. However, they do sit an equivalent paper.


A copy of Surbiton High School’s complete admissions policy can be downloaded from the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Surbiton High School


Parents who would like their daughter to be considered for a Year 7 (11+) place at Surbiton High School must complete the online application form by 1 November of the year preceding entry. There is a non-returnable application fee of £100 (£150 for overseas applicants).


Girls who are registered are invited to take part in a ‘Who am I?’ taster day at the school in November or December. These activity days do not form part of the assessment process.


The school holds open events for prospective pupils and their families throughout the year. However, attendance is restricted to 85 families per event, so advanced booking is essential.


The entrance exam takes place in January of the year of entry and parents will usually be notified of the outcome within two weeks. Acceptances are needed by early March.


All candidates who sit the entrance exam on the main exam day are considered for an academic scholarship (up to a 20% reduction in tuition fees).  A range of other scholarships are presented in Year 7, including the Principal’s Award, which is awarded to a candidate who has achieved an exceptional level in the entrance exam and one or more additional scholarship discipline. A limited number of means-tested bursaries are also available. Further details of scholarships and bursaries, including application forms, can be found on the school’s website.


Surbiton High School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Surbiton High School entrance exam consists of two papers:


  • English (1 hour 15 minutes) – reading comprehension and creative writing
  • Maths (1 hour) – arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving.


The school states that ‘all papers are designed to bring out the skills and potential of the pupil, whatever they may have covered in the past’. No calculators are permitted in the maths exam.


How to Prepare for Surbiton High School 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types that 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 for Surbiton High School exam. 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 exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.




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