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Ibstock Place School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Ibstock Place School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry


Ibstock Place is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 4–18 located on the edge of Richmond Park in Roehampton, South West London.

Ibstock Place School aims to set conditions which enable its pupils to excel through the concentration of four ‘Cs’: the provision of a dynamic and forward-thinking curriculum; a warm and inclusive culture; a beautiful and stimulating context and a longstanding and profound commitment to co-education.

There are plenty of co-curricular opportunities on offer for pupils at Ibstock Place School, with activities in art and design, dance, drama, music, sports and PE and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There is a wide variety of clubs, including debating societies, Raspberry Pi and robotics club, sound recording club and a TechFuture club for girls.

Pupils achieve excellent academic results at Ibstock Place School. In 2021, 86% of GCSE entries were graded at A*/A or 9/8/7 and 43% of GCSEs were the very top grade of 9 alone. Meanwhile, 90.5% of A level grades were A*–B.

Key information for Ibstock Place School

  • Headteacher: Christopher Wolsey

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

  • London borough: Wandsworth

  • Admissions contact: Miss C Voysey – [email protected], 020 8392 5803

  • Age range and gender: 4–18 (co-educational)

  • Number of pupils: 989

  • Number of places in Year 7: 110

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed

  • Open day date: Saturday 17th September and Wednesday 5th October 2022

  • Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry: Computer-based test and learning workshop (round 1), main 11 plus exam (round 2) and headteacher’s reference

  • Registration closes: Monday 31st October 2022

  • Assessment date for Year 7 entry: Saturday 26th November and Friday 9th December 2022

  • Scholarship assessment date: TBC

Ibstock Place School fees and financial assistance

The termly fees for 2022-23 at Ibstock Place School are £7,940. These include the charges for lunch and a pupil’s personal accident insurance. Ibstock Place School has a limited number of bursaries (financial assistance) available to families whose children meet the academic criteria for selection, and who demonstrate financial need in order to send their children to the school. Bursaries may range from 10% to 100% fee remission. Application forms can be obtained from the bursar and must be returned by Friday 2nd December 2022.

Most scholarships at Ibstock Place School are only available for candidates at 13 plus entry. However, the school does offer The Richard Hastie-Smith Music Award to 11 plus candidates who demonstrate outstanding music potential. This runs for two years (subject to satisfactory performance while the pupil is at school) and includes free individual tuition on a nominated instrument.

Ibstock Place School term dates

The 2023–24 term dates for Ibstock Place School are:

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

  • Half term: 16th –27th October 2023

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

  • Half term: 12th – 16th February 2024

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

  • Half term: 27th – 31st May 2024

Admissions process for Ibstock Place School

If you are interested in registering your child for Year 7 entry in 2023 at Ibstock Place School, you will need to complete the online registration form before Monday 31st October 2022 and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £160. You will additionally need to complete the examination entry form by the same date. If you are applying for a bursary, you will be able to obtain the application form from the bursar from 1st October 2022 – this will need to be returned by Friday 2nd December.

All 11 plus applicants to Ibstock Place School will take a computer-based test (administered by CEM Select) and a learning workshop on Saturday 26th November 2022. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to sit the 11 plus written entrance papers at Ibstock Place School on Friday 9th December 2022.

Candidates who are applying for The Richard Hastie-Smith Music Award are encouraged to contact the Director of Music at Ibstock Place School to arrange an informal ‘pre-audition’ in the autumn term. Shortlisted candidates will then take an assessment in early January. These awards may only be made to candidates who reach the qualifying academic standard in the 11 plus entrance exam.

Ibstock Place School makes its offers dependent on the child’s performance in the computer-based test, the learning workshop, the written entrance exam and a confidential reference requested from the candidate’s current headteacher. Offers will be made approximately five weeks after the formal examinations (late January to early February 2023).

Ibstock Place School entrance exam format

There are two rounds of assessment for applicants to Ibstock Place School:

First round

All candidates will take a computer-based test, administered by CEM Select, on Saturday 26th November 2022. Children are tested on their cognitive ability through questions in English comprehension, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. This test is non-adaptive – this means that all students will see the exact same questions throughout the test, and they can move back at any time to double-check their answers.

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Candidates will take part in a Learning Workshop on the same day.

Second round

Candidates who reach a sufficient standard in the first test are then shortlisted and invited to the main 11 plus exam at Ibstock Place School on Friday 9th December 2022. This includes two papers in English and maths, both of which are based on the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Ibstock Place School does not issue past or sample papers for these.

You may wish to explore the following resources to help your child prepare for the 11 plus exam at Ibstock Place School:

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at Ibstock Place School:

Ibstock Place School does not provide 11 plus preparation materials or sample materials. Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the selection process:

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