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Ibstock Place School: 11 plus entry guide

By Atom | Apr 24, 2023, 1:43 PM

Ibstock Place School, London

Are you considering Ibstock Place School for your child? We've collated everything you need to know about applying for a place in Year 7. Learn about key dates, what's covered on the entrance exam, and how to help your child prepare.

About Ibstock Place School

Ibstock Place School is a private day school located on a 10-acre site on the edge of Richmond Park in Roehampton, London. It consists of a prep and senior school, providing education to boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 18.

Ibstock Place has a long history of co-education. It's thought that educating boys and girls together is fruitful, fulfilling, and effective at preparing them for adult life. Students learn within a supportive environment, while a vertical tutoring system allows them to build friendships with children of other ages.

Beyond the classroom, students at Ibstock Place have access to multiple co-curricular opportunities. Sports fixtures take place throughout the week and at weekends, with many more sports on offer at lunchtime and after school. There is also an exciting range of dance classes, drama productions, art exhibitions, gallery visits, and music ensembles and choirs.

  • Headteacher: Christopher Wolsey

  • Address: Ibstock Place School, Clarence Lane, Roehampton, London SW15 5PY

  • London borough: Wandsworth

  • Age range and gender: boys and girls aged 4–18

  • Number of pupils: 950+

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 68

  • A level results: 89.6% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 88.3% 9–7

Key info for 11+ admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]](, 020 8392 5803

  • Open day: Saturday 16th September 2023 and Wednesday 11th October 2023. Book through the school website.

  • Entry process: online test and learning workshop (stage 1) and written tests (stage 2)

  • Registration closes: 31st October 2023

  • Assessment date: 25th November 2023 (all applicants), 14th December 2023 (shortlisted candidates)

Ibstock Place School term dates

The term dates at Ibstock Place School in 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: Thursday 7th September – Wednesday 13th December 2023

  • Half term: Monday 16th October – Friday 27th October 2023

  • Spring term: Thursday 4th January – Friday 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February 2024

  • Summer term: Thursday 11th April – Wednesday 3rd July 2024

  • Half term: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024

Ibstock Place School fees & financial assistance

The fees at Ibstock Place School for 2023–2024 are £8,595. This includes the cost of tuition, lunch, and pupil personal accident insurance.

Financial assistance

Ibstock Place School is able to offer means-tested financial assistance, known as bursaries, to children who are offered a place but whose parents would not otherwise be able to afford the school fees. Bursaries range from 10% to 100% fee remission and are reviewed every year.


Ibstock Place School has recently launched a new range of scholarships. These are not means-tested but awarded based on a child's talent and potential in a particular area. Children applying for 11 plus entry can apply for any of the following scholarships:

10% fee remission. Awarded to children who demonstrate academic excellence in the 11+ entrance exam (no separate application is required).

Ibstock Place 11+ admissions process

11 plus is the main entry point to Ibstock Place senior school, with around 80–90 places available to children applying from other schools. Most children apply from within the UK, but the school also accepts UKiset applications from children overseas who are unable to attend the entrance exams in person.

1. Visit the school

If you're thinking about applying to Ibstock Place School, it's a good idea to visit first to get a feel for the school and to see if your child would thrive there. The school holds a range of open events, including whole school 'open house' days, senior school open mornings and evenings, and small group tours.

2. Register for Year 7 entry

To begin your child's application to Ibstock Place School, you'll need to complete the online registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £160 before 31st October 2023. After registering your child, you'll be asked to submit an examination entry form.

Ibstock Place will send a request for a confidential reference to your child's current school in early November 2023.

3. Ibstock Place 11+ assessment day

All children who are registered for Year 7 entry will be invited to the Ibstock Place 11+ assessment day on Saturday 25th November 2023. This consists of an online cognitive abilities test and a learning workshop.

Online cognitive abilities test

Your child will take an adaptive computer-based test which assesses four subjects:

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Non-verbal reasoning

  • English

  • Maths

Learning workshop

Children will be placed in groups of ten. They will have a fun problem-solving task where there is no single answer. Your child will be assessed on skills such as:

  • Problem-solving

  • Lateral thinking

  • Intellectual curiosity

  • Creativity

  • Teamwork

  • Independent work

4. Second-round entrance exams

Children who perform well on the assessment day and whose schools have provided a positive reference will be shortlisted for the next stage of the admissions process.

The second-stage entrance exams will take place on Thursday 14th December 2023. Your child will be invited to either a morning or afternoon session.

They will take English and maths papers which are set internally by the school. Questions for both papers are based on the national curriculum.

5. Offers

Ibstock Place will send you the outcome of your child's application by both email and letter (First Class post) in mid-February 2024. If your child is offered a place, you will be invited to an offer holder day in late February, where you can meet current pupils and ask questions.

If you would then like to accept your child's place, you will need to send your formal acceptance and deposit (£1,750) by early March 2024. This deposit is held for the duration of your child's time at the school.

How to prepare for the Ibstock Place 11 plus exam

Ibstock Place School is competitive, with many children applying for between 80 to 90 places in Year 7. Here are our top tips to help your child prepare effectively.

It can be tempting to jump straight into practice papers to prepare for school exams. However, this is not an effective way to learn and can cause children to feel demotivated.

Your child should have a good understanding of the content they’ve been taught in Year 5 before testing their knowledge with practice papers. Using a ‘little and often’ approach when recapping content is key, as our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. Experts recommend study sessions should last no longer than 30 minutes for children aged 10–11.

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