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St Benedict's School 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:28 PM

St Benedict's School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

St Benedict’s is a leading independent Catholic school for boys and girls ages 3–18 in West London. The school takes its inspiration from the Rule of St Benedict, which was written 1,500 years ago as a practical guide for personal fulfilment and Christian community life. The aim of the school’s approach is to appeal to not only Catholic families, but also to those of different faiths and no faith.

Pupils study a broad range of subjects at St Benedict’s before making GCSE and A level subjects. Academic challenge is embedded in the curriculum, with pupils challenged to think, learn and research independently from Year 7 with a week-long project entitled ‘Who am I?’. Exam results at St Benedict’s are typically strong; in 2021, over 51% of all GCSE papers were graded 9–8 (A*) and just under 65% of A level results were A*–A. Students leave the school for a wide range of UK universities, including Russell Group institutions, art colleges and Oxbridge, on occasion.

St Benedict’s has a distinguished tradition of sporting excellence and promotes a wholesome approach to sport to pupils from a young age. The main competitive sports on offer are athletics and fencing for boys and girls, rugby and cricket for boys and hockey and netball for girls. Pupils also thrive in the arts; there are six school choirs and several instrumental groups, while two major art shows, dance shows and drama productions take place every year.

Spiritual values are embedded in the education provided at St Benedict’s School. Mass is frequently celebrated and all pupils take part in a retreat day away from school once a year. All pupils are encouraged to get involved in local service, including the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), local charity shops, and residential and nursing homes.

Key information for St Benedict's School

  • Headmaster: Mr Andrew Johnson

  • Address: St Benedict's School, 54 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London W5 2ES

  • London Borough: Ealing

  • Admissions contact: Louise Pepper – [email protected], 020 8862 2254

  • Age range and gender: 3–18, co-educational

  • Number of pupils: 1,052

  • Number of places in Year 7: 110

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed

  • Open day date: Thursday 15th September and Saturday 8th October 2022 – book an open event online

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

  • Registration opens: Currently open – apply online

  • Registration closes: Friday 18th November 2022 at midday

  • Assessment date: Saturday 10th December 2022

  • Scholarship assessment date: Thursday 17th November 2022

St Benedict's School fees and financial assistance

The current senior school fees at St Benedict’s School are £6,525 per term. This covers the cost of tuition, text and library books, scientific materials and games. Lunch is non-compulsory and is an additional cost.

St Benedict’s School offers financial assistance to able and deserving young people whose families would not otherwise have the financial means to offer their child a fee-paying education. St Anselm Awards are means-tested and worth up to 100% of the school fees (and in some cases, over 100% in order to cover other costs, such as uniforms, music tuition and some trips).

Up to five St Anselm Awards are available each year at 11 plus entry. Successful candidates are among the top 10% of academic ability nationally and can demonstrate strong interest, and a track record of success, in some aspect of the school’s co-curricular programme (e.g. sport, music, dance, drama or art). Consideration will be given to families with a combined total income of no more than £60,000 per annum.

Scholarships are also available to candidates applying for Year 7 entry at St Benedict’s School. Scholarship awards are, first and foremost, honorary awards, but in most cases, a remission of 10% will be offered toward the school fees. 11 plus candidates may apply for art & design, drama, music or sports scholarships (all candidates are automatically considered for academic scholarships; no application is required).

St Benedict's School term dates

The term dates at St Benedict's School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 5th September – 16th December 2022

  • Half term: 24th October – 4th November 2022

  • Spring term (Lent): 4th January – 31st March 2023

  • Half term: 13th–17th February 2023

  • Summer term (Trinity): 24th April – 7th July 2023

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

The term dates at St Benedict’s School for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 4th September – 15th December 2023

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

  • Spring term (Lent): 8th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 19th – 23rd February 2024

  • Summer term (Trinity): 15th April – 5th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to St Benedict's School

If you would like to register your child for Year 7 entry to St Benedict’s School in 2023, you will need to first complete the online registration form before Friday 18th November 2022 at midday. A non-refundable registration fee of £125 (£250 for overseas applicants) needs to be paid at the same time as the form submission.

All 11 plus candidates will sit the school’s entrance exam on Saturday 10th December 2022. Candidates who excel in this exam will then be invited to an interview with the headmaster or the deputy head on either 18th, 19th or 20th January 2023. This provides a friendly atmosphere for the candidate to share details of their interests and abilities, and for the interviewer to ascertain what contribution the child might make to the general life of the school. A reference is additionally sought from the child’s current school.

All candidates who are registered to sit the entrance exam will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship. Additional processes apply for co-curricular scholarships:

  • Art & design scholarships: In addition to the main registration form, candidates will need to submit an art & design scholarship application form by Friday 4th November 2022. Candidates will be assessed on the submission of a portfolio of their own work, in addition to a skill test and an interview with the head of art on Thursday 17th November 2022.

  • Drama scholarships: In addition to the main registration form, candidates will need to submit a drama scholarship application form by Friday 4th November 2022. Applicants will be asked to perform a short monologue, provide a scrapbook or portfolio of their experiences, and have an interview with the head of drama. Auditions will take place on Thursday 17th November 2022.

  • Music scholarships: As a guide in deciding whether to apply, it is likely that successful candidates will have achieved ABRSM Grade 5 in their main instrument. In addition to the main registration form, candidates will need to submit a music scholarship application form by Friday 4th November 2022. Applicants will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces of music, undergo aural and sight-reading tests, and have short interviews with the director of music and the headmaster on Thursday 17th November 2022.

  • Sports scholarships: Candidates must specialise in one of the school’s main sports (rugby, cricket, athletics and fencing for boys, and hockey, netball, athletics and fencing for girls). Applicants will have short interviews with the director of sport and the headmaster and undergo trials on Thursday 17th November 2022.

St Benedict’s School will post letters to families with the outcome of their child’s application on Thursday 9th February 2023.

St Benedict's School entrance exam

Children who are applying for 11 plus entry to St Benedict’s School in 2023 will take four tests on Saturday 10th December 2022:

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at St Benedict's School

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