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Eltham College 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:00 PM

Eltham College: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

Eltham College is an independent day school in Mottingham, within the London Borough of Bromley. It was founded in 1842 as the School for Sons of Missionaries and remained single-sex until around 40 years ago, at which point girls were welcomed into the sixth form. In 2020 the school became fully co-educational from Year 3 to Year 13.

Eltham College has a longstanding reputation for excellent pastoral care and places a strong premium on valuing and supporting its students as individuals. Pupils are supported academically and emotionally every day and engage in a wellbeing curriculum which is built around the 5 ‘R’s of resilience, respect, relationships, responsibility and readiness.

Pupils at Eltham College have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities beyond the curriculum in an expansive space of 67 acres. The school’s many on-site facilities include the Eric Liddell Sports Centre, the Gerald Moore Gallery for modern and contemporary arts and a new state-of-the-art wellbeing centre. Sport is taken seriously at Eltham College and the school produces some of the highest-performing teams and players in the region. Meanwhile, creative pupils flourish in music and the arts; almost two-thirds of students play a musical instrument and there are twice-daily drama rehearsals taking place in the school’s bespoke Antony Barnard Theatre and dance studio.

Academic excellence has always been at the heart of the education provided by Eltham College. Students learn in small classes (no more than 24) and study a wide range of subjects, including three languages in years 7 and 8 (Latin plus two from French, German, Mandarin or Spanish). In 2021, almost half of all GCSE students achieved all 9/8 grades (A* equivalent), while 92% of A level grades were either A* or A. The majority of students leave Eltham College for higher education destinations including Oxbridge, Russell Group and US universities.

Key information for Eltham College

  • Head Master: Mr Guy Sanderson

  • Address: Eltham College, Grove Park Road, Mottingham, SE9 4QF

  • London Borough: Bromley

  • Admissions contact: Mrs C St Clair-Charles – [email protected], 020 8857 1455

  • Age range and gender: 7–18, co-educational

  • Number of pupils: 1,033

  • Number of places in Year 7: Approximately 60

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed (competitive)

  • Open day date: Saturday 17th September 2022 – book a place online

  • Overview of selection procedure: Entrance exam, interview and school reference

  • Registration opens: Currently open – apply through the Eltham College website

  • Registration closes: Monday 14th November 2022

  • Assessment date: Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th January 2023

  • Scholarship assessment date: Week commencing 23rd January 2023

Eltham College fees and financial assistance

The fees at Eltham College from September 2022 are £7,410 per term. Lunch is an additional cost of £330 per term. These fees are reviewed by the school governors annually in March.

Eltham College has a bursary provision for pupils who perform well in the entrance exam and at interviews, and whose families would not otherwise be able to afford the school fees. These are means-tested awards, with the financial value dependent on the circumstances of the parents and their combined assets. You will need to indicate if you wish to apply for a bursary at the time of registration as you will be asked to complete a separate application and provide documentary evidence of your financial circumstances.

Scholarships are also available at 11 plus entry to Eltham College in the following areas: Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport. The financial value of these is undisclosed.

Eltham College term dates

The term dates at Eltham College for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 5th September – 14th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th–28th October 2022

  • Spring term (Lent): 5th January – 31st March 2023

  • Half term: 13th–17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 24th April – 6th July 2023

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023

The term dates at Eltham College for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 4th September – 13th December 2023

  • Half term: 16th–27th October 2023

  • Spring term (Lent): 5th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 18th April – 4th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to Eltham College

All prospective candidates for Eltham College are invited to visit the school at one of its upcoming open days or visitor mornings (bookable through the school website) before applying. Once you have decided to register your child for Year 7 entry in 2023, you will need to complete the online registration form and pay a non-refundable application fee of £150 before the deadline on Monday 14th November 2022.

All registered candidates will be invited to the school’s entrance exam, which includes a mixture of written and online papers, on either Tuesday 3rd or Wednesday 4th January 2024. Every candidate will also have a one-to-one interview with a senior member of Eltham College teaching staff.

Academic Scholarships are awarded (at the headmaster’s discretion) to 11 plus applicants who excel in the entrance exam and interview. For co-curricular scholarships, there will be additional steps in this process:

  • Art Scholarships: Candidates who reach the required standard for a place in the entrance exam will be asked to submit a digital portfolio of their recent work (within the last year). Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an assessment interview and a practical challenge in a workshop setting.

  • Drama Scholarships: Candidates who perform at a high enough level in the entrance exam will be invited to an audition with the director of drama. They will be asked to perform a monologue and then will re-work their monologue to see how well they can adapt to direction. They will also be asked to produce a scrapbook which outlines their interest in drama and gives detail about their previous performances and inspiration.

  • Music Scholarships: Eligible candidates for Music Scholarships offer at least two instruments (including singing), with at least Grade 5 standard on their first instrument and Grade 3 on their second. Awards will be made on the basis of an audition, interview and references from a current music teacher.

  • Sports Scholarships: Candidates who have been successful in the entrance exam will be invited to attend a practical assessment at the school, including rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, a fitness test and optional swimming. Eligible candidates should have reached a minimum standard equivalent to (or potential to achieve) county representation in one or more of the assessed sports.

Eltham College will let families know if their child has been successful on Friday 10th February 2023. Acceptances of places will need to be made by Friday 3rd March 2023.

Eltham College entrance exam

The 11 plus entrance exam will take place at Eltham College on either Tuesday 3rd or Wednesday 4th January 2023. Candidates will take four tests:

  • English (written paper): a 45-minute test which includes both reading comprehension and creative writing.

  • Maths (written paper): a 45-minute test which includes both multiple-choice questions and problem-solving questions. Calculators are not allowed.

  • Verbal reasoning (online test): An online test which assesses the candidate’s ability to reason and solve problems with written information. This test is adaptive, meaning that the questions become more difficult depending on how the child is performing.

  • Non-verbal reasoning (online test): An online test which assesses the candidate’s ability to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures. This is also an adaptive test.

Sample papers for English and maths are available on Eltham College’s website. You may also find the following resources helpful for your child’s preparation:

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at Eltham College

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