Trinity School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details




Trinity School is an independent day school for boys aged 10–18, with a co-educational sixth form. Based in Croydon, the school began life in 1596 as the Whitgift School, named after its founder the Archbishop John Whitgift. It was renamed Trinity School of John Whitgift in 1954, but remains to this day part of the Whitgift Foundation.


Trinity School moved to its current site in Shirley Park in 1965. Since then it has continued to develop and expand. The most recent additions to the schools facilities include a SEN (Special Educational Needs) centre, a sports pavilion, a new music school and an outdoor adventure centre in Wales.


The music department at Trinity School has an outstanding reputation and boys from the Trinity Boys’ Choir have performed nationally and internationally alongside world-renowned orchestras. Most recently, they featured on the soundtrack for the film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.


The school has a special induction programme to help new boys joining the school at 11+ make the transition from primary school and forge new friendships. It includes a ‘New Boys’ Morning’ just before the start of term and different activities, including water sports trips. Around 60–65% of the boys that join the school are from state primary schools as opposed to independent prep schools.


11 Plus Exam Information for Trinity School


Address: Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 7AT

County: Surrey
Admissions info
: or 020 8656 9541

School Type: Independent day school for boys

Number of Pupils: 1000 (approx.)

Open Day Date: October

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Trinity School 11 Plus Admissions


Trinity school is academically selective and selection for entrance into Year 7 at 11+ is based on entrance exam results, a reference from the candidate’s current school and an admissions interview.


The entrance exam comprises papers in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning. Only boys who are successful in the exam are invited for interview.  Each interview lasts up to half an hour and focuses on academic strengths and other interests. Candidates will be asked to bring a small sample of their work or an object of interest as a discussion point.


Academic scholarships may be offered to candidates who preform exceptionally in the entrance exam. All candidates who take the exam will automatically be considered.


Scholarships are also offered in art, drama, design technology, sport and music. These must be applied for separately and are awarded based on performance in a practical assessment (with the exception of art).


A copy of Trinity School’s complete Admissions Policy can be downloaded from its website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Trinity School


Trinity School holds an open event for prospective new boys and their parents every October. For more information, or to arrange to join a small group tour, parents should contact the admissions team directly: or 020 8656 9541. The school will also put prospective parents in touch with a current parent on request.


Applications are open from September to November in the year prior to entry. All candidates are charged a non-refundable application fee.


In addition to completing the application form, parents must supply the school with a passport size photo of the candidate, a copy of his most recent school report, a copy of his birth certificate and any relevant scholarship application forms.


A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available from the Whitgift Foundation and are awarded based on performance in the entrance exams and interviews. To be considered for a bursary, a bursary assessment form must be submitted ahead of the entrance exam.


Offers of places are mailed in early February and a fast reply is required.


Trinity School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Trinity School entrance exam comprises the following papers:


  • English: reading comprehension and writing task (1 hour)
  • Maths (1 hour)
  • Verbal reasoning (1 hour).


The papers are broadly in line with the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2.


How to Prepare for the Trinity 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 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 the Trinity 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 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 Trinity 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


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




To prepare for the 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 Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


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


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 Trinity 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




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Trinity School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Trinity 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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