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Hampton School: 11 plus entry guide

By Atom | Apr 24, 2023, 9:55 AM

Hampton School, London

Are you considering Hampton School for your son's education? We've collated everything you need to know about entry to Year 7, including key dates and what's covered on the entrance exam.

About Hampton School

Hampton School is a large independent day school for boys aged 11–18 on a 28-acre site in South West London. It's currently one of the best private schools in the country, ranked 16th in the national league tables. There are many close links with Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH) – the neighbouring independent girls’ school.

Boys at Hampton School are taught to develop a spirit of intellectual enquiry. From Year 8, pupils are encouraged to take part in the Hampton Extended Learning Project – a programme of extended learning in areas of personal interest, as well as creative projects. The GCSE curriculum is extensive; as well as traditional academic subjects, boys can choose to study subjects including Ancient History, Greek with Latin, Mandarin and Russian.

Hampton School has a varied co-curricular programme and is well known for its sporting prowess, with many boys competing at regional, national and international levels. Over 1,000 fixtures are played annually in 18 different sports. As well as thriving art, music and drama programmes, there are over 50 clubs and societies including beekeeping, coding, lego robotics, model aviation and creative writing.

  • Headteacher: Kevin Knibbs

  • Address: Hampton School, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 3HD

  • London borough: Richmond upon Thames

  • Age range and gender: 11–18 (boys only)

  • Number of pupils: 1,300+

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 16

  • A level results: 95.9% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 95.4% 9–7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: Mrs Dorothy Jones – [email protected], 0208 979 9273

  • Open day: 9th May, 28th June and 23rd September 2023. See the school website for details

  • Overview of selection procedure: entrance exam, headteacher’s reference and interview

  • Registration closes: 1st November 2023

  • Assessment date: late November 2023

Hampton School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates for Hampton School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 13th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 16th April – 5th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Fees at Hampton School

The current tuition fees at Hampton School are £7,630 per term. Lunch is charged separately at £375–£457 per term.

Hampton School is committed to providing financial support to boys whose families could not otherwise the school fees. The school’s dedicated charity, The Fitzwygram Foundation, was established in 2018 to fund completely free places at the school – there are currently 85 boys receiving a fully-funded education, and many more whose funding is partially supported. Bursaries are means-tested or needs-based and range from 10–100% reduction in school fees.

More information about financial assistance at Hampton School is available on the school website.

Hampton School admissions process

Hampton School welcomes around 160 children to Year 7 each year. Boys join from both state primary and independent prep schools.

If you're thinking about Hampton School for your son, we recommend visiting the school first to make sure that it's the right fit for them. Visits and open events can be booked via the school website.

1. Register for Year 7 entry

To begin the admissions process, register your son for entry via the admissions portal. If you would like your child to be considered for a place in September 2024, you will need to submit the form by 1st November 2023. A non-refundable registration fee of £125 applies – if your child receives free school meals, you will be able to waive this.

After you have registered your child, Hampton School will write to his current headteacher to request a confidential reference in support of his application.

2. Entrance exam

Your son will be invited to take the school's entrance exam in late November. We've included more details about the exam format and content below.

3. Interview

Children who demonstrate potential in the entrance exam will be invited back to the school for an interview on either Friday 5th or Saturday 6th January 2024. Boys will meet separately with two teachers for around 30 minutes in total.

The interview is designed to get to know your child as an individual. As well as exploring his academic and all-round potential, staff will be looking to see if your child fits with the Hampton ethos and values.

Learn more about private school interviews

4. Offers

Hampton School will email you with the outcome of your child's application on Friday 9th February 2024. If your son receives an offer, you will have until Friday 1st March 2024 to accept the place.

Hampton School entrance exam

The Year 7 entrance exam takes place at Hampton School at the end of November. Children take three papers:


A 40-minute paper testing writing skills. Children will be asked to complete a piece of creative or descriptive writing based on an image, using language skills (e.g. grammar, vocabulary and punctuation) to engage the reader and create convincing dialogue. This paper also includes a short reading comprehension exercise.

Hampton School recommends that candidates read a wide range of children's novels to prepare for this exam. Find out how to engage your child with reading and download our recommended reading lists for Years 3–6.

Words and reasoning

In this 40-minute paper, your child will be tested on his ability to extract information from a factual passage and from materials such as maps or timetables. There will also be some verbal and non-verbal questions about the meaning and use of words, and some visual and verbal puzzles - similar to verbal and non-verbal reasoning.


A 45-minute paper focusing on problem-solving. Questions include simple calculations, number patterns and relations, spatial reasoning and logical reasoning.

For success in this exam, your child should have a good understanding of mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), and know how and when to apply them to solve problems.

How to prepare for entry to Hampton School

Here are some top tips on how to best prepare your child for Year 7 entry to Hampton School

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Engage with their progress: celebrate their improvements in their areas of challenge together! An accurate, ongoing assessment of your child’s strengths and development areas is instrumental for preparing efficiently. Atom's Parent Portal gives you data-driven insights into your child’s areas of strength and development.

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