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Reed's School: 11 plus entry guide

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

Reed's School, Surrey

Are you considering Reed's School for your son's education? We've collated everything you need to know about entry to Year 7. Find out about key dates, what's covered on the entrance exam, and how to help your child prepare.

About Reed's School

Reed’s School is a private day and boarding school for boys aged 11–18 with a mixed sixth form in Cobham, Surrey. The Reed’s Foundation was established in 1813 by the Rev Dr Andrew Reed to care for and provide a day education for children who had lost one or more parents. Boarding pupils were first accepted into the school in 1958 and contribute 15% of the pupil population.

Reed’s School aims for all pupils to fulfil their academic potential and feel that “it is cool to be clever”. Pupils are encouraged to develop curiosity in the world around them, to question convention, and to desire to be the best they can be. Academic performance at the school has surged in the last 15 years.

The school’s core values of integrity, compassion, curiosity, resilience, responsibility and independence are facilitated through an extensive co-curricular programme. Boys are regularly successful in national and county cricket, hockey and rugby competitions, with further sports – including football, rowing, go-karting and kung fu – included in the extensive games and activities curriculum. Pupils interested in the creative arts have plenty of opportunities in theatrical life both on and off the stage, and a purpose-built music school forms the backdrop to a vibrant and talented musical community.

Private schools in Surrey

  • Head: Mr Mark Hoskins

  • Address: Reed's School, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2ES

  • County: Surrey

  • Age range and gender: boys 11–18 and mixed sixth form

  • Number of pupils: approx. 800

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 90

  • A level results: 89% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 81% 9–7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

Reed's School term dates

The term dates at Reed's School for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 13th December 2023

  • Half term: 13th–30th October 2023

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

  • Half term: 9th – 19th February 2024

  • Summer term: 16th April – 6th July 2024

  • Half term: 24th May – 3rd June 2024

Fees at Reed's School

The termly fees at Reed's School range from £7,230 to £8,995 per term for day pupils (Years 7–8 and Years 9–13) and start at £9,630 per term for boarding pupils. As well as the cost of tuition, fees include all meals and end-of-year activity trips.

Reed's School is committed to helping vulnerable children by providing financial assistance to access the school. Foundation bursaries are available for children who have lost the support of one or both parents through death, abandonment, ill health, separation or divorce, and who are either in need of pastoral care or have a financial need in the family. Eligible day pupils may receive up to 50% off their school fees, with more assistance available for boarding pupils.

Further information about foundation bursaries is available on the school website.

Admissions process for Reed's School

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. Reed’s School holds regular open mornings throughout the year to give prospective families the opportunity to meet and talk with members of staff, hear from the headmaster, and tour the school with a current pupil. It is also possible to visit the school during the school week – appointments can be made by contacting the admissions office.

1. Register for Year 7 entry

If you would like your son to be considered for a place in Year 7 at Reed's School, you will need to start the admissions process by completing and submitting the online application form before 1st November 2023. A £150 registration fee applies.

2. ISEB Common Pre-Test

All children who are registered by the deadline will sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test between mid-November and mid-December in 2023 (more details below). This can be taken either at your child’s school if the school is happy to invigilate the test, or at Reed’s School. Meanwhile, the admissions team at Reed’s will write to your child’s current school to ask for a report and character reference.

3. Interview

Candidates will also have an online interview with a member of staff in early January 2024. This is an opportunity for your child to talk about their hobbies and interests. They may also be asked some academic questions of a general nature.

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4. Offers

Reed’s School will post a letter with the outcome of your son’s application in early February 2024. If your son is offered a place, you will have until early March to accept.

The ISEB Common Pre-Test

All children applying for Year 7 entry to Reed's School take the ISEB Common Pre-Test between mid-November and mid-December. This is an online test that is completely adaptive, meaning the questions become easier or more challenging depending on how your child is performing. Children will answer questions in four subjects:

  • English: covering comprehension and spelling, punctuation and grammar

  • Maths: questions cover Key Stage 2 national curriculum taught up to the end of Year 5. The main topics are number, measurement, data, algebra and geometry

  • Verbal reasoning: tests logic and problem-solving with written information

  • Non-verbal reasoning: tests your child’s ability to understand and analyse visual information

How is the ISEB Common Pre-Test marked?

Each child will be given a Standardised Age Score (SAS), which is calculated based on the number of correct and incorrect answers, the level of difficulty in each question and their date of birth in years and months (to prevent younger children from being disadvantaged). Your child's ISEB Common Pre-Test score will be sent directly to Reed's School.

As a guide, competitive selective schools like Reed's School will generally require candidates to reach an ISEB Common Pre-Test score of 120 or more.

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How to prepare for entry to Reed's School

Here are some top tips on how to best prepare your child for Year 7 entry to Reed's 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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