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Streatham & Clapham High School 11+ guide

By Atom | Jul 15, 2024, 1:43 PM

Streatham and Clapham High School, London

Considering Streatham & Clapham High School for your child? We’ve collated everything you need to know about 11+ entry. Learn how to apply, what’s on the entrance exam, and how to help your child prepare for success.

Key information for Streatham & Clapham High School

  • Address: Streatham & Clapham High School, 42 Abbotswood Road, London SW16 1AW

  • Age range and gender: girls aged 3–18

  • Type of school: independent day

  • Number of students: 850+

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • 11+ open days: October in Year 5 and Year 6

  • 11+ selection criteria: ISEB Common Pre-Test, creative writing submission, group assessment and school report

  • Financial assistance: means-tested bursaries

  • 11+ scholarships: academic, art, music, drama, sport

About Streatham & Clapham High School

Streatham & Clapham High School is a leading private girls’ school founded in 1887. The school is located in southwest London, just a few minutes' walk from Streatham Hill Station. It benefits from great transport links throughout the capital and beyond. A daily minibus service is also provided.

The school strives for academic excellence and is in the top 20% of independent schools in the country. Most A level students achieve grades A*-C. Alongside study, the school has sporting fixtures year-round, encouraging talent outside of the classroom. Pastoral care is also an integral part of school life. According to the school, its care programme creates ‘an environment in which pupils feel warmly supported and valued’.

The school has new facilities which have won a prestigious RIBA award. The facilities are 'amongst the most environmentally friendly and efficient in south-west London'.

Dates for your diary

  • Registration opens: June in Year 5

  • Registration closes: end of October in Year 6

  • ISEB Common Pre-Test: October–January in Year 6

  • Group observation and creative writing: November in Year 6

  • Offers of places: February in Year 6

  • Acceptance deadline: March in Year 6

Streatham & Clapham High School 11+ entrance exam

All children applying for 11+ entry to Streatham & Clapham High School sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test. This is an exam created by the Independent Schools Examination Board which is usually taken in the autumn term of Year 6.

The ISEB Common Pre-Test is taken online and consists of multiple choice questions. It is entirely adaptive, which means the questions become more difficult depending on how your child is performing. The questions span four subjects:

  • Maths: questions are based on the Year 5 national curriculum – although children in Year 6 may find this section challenging. The questions range from arithmetic to multi-step problem solving.

  • English: questions are split into two sections: reading comprehension, and spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • Verbal reasoning: your child will be tested on their ability to reason and solve problems with written information, such as letters, words, symbols and numbers.

  • Non-verbal reasoning: these questions assess your child’s logic, critical thinking and problem-solving skills using figures and diagrams. They will need to show that they can analyse and manipulate 2D and 3D figures.

The ISEB Common Pre-Test takes around 2 and a half hours to complete. Your child can sit the four subjects together or at separate times. If they are taking all four subjects on the same day, they will be allowed a short break between each section.

In addition to the ISEB, girls applying to Streatham & Clapham High School are invited to a group observation activity. This is a 2.5-hour session in November in Year 6. Your child will get involved in a problem-solving challenge with other children and will have a short creative writing task to complete towards the end of the session. This will be related to the theme of the morning activity.

Complete guide to the ISEB Common Pre-Test

Find out everything you need to know about the format and subjects tested on the ISEB Common Pre-Test. See example questions, answers to FAQs, and learn how to prepare.

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Atom’s top tips for applying to Streatham & Clapham High School

Streatham & Clapham High School is a selective school, and competition for places can be high. Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the selection process.

Bitesize learning

It’s important to build a good knowledge base before school entrance exams. Your child should have a good understanding of the content they’ve been taught at school before testing their knowledge with practice tests.

Using a ‘little and often’ approach when learning is key – our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. For children aged 10–11, child psychologists recommend regular study sessions of 20–30 minutes.

With Atom Home, you don’t need to worry about creating a study schedule. When you enter your target schools, you’ll get a bespoke learning plan tailored to your schools’ entrance exams. Know exactly what your child needs to do each week to confidently pass.

Learning plan for Streatham & Clapham High School on Atom Home

Read widely

Entrance exams test children’s ability to analyse and interpret written information. Regular reading is a great way to help your child build these skills.

Encourage them to read books from different genres and by a diverse range of authors. Increasing the variety of your child’s reading will help them understand different styles, tones and purposes. Meanwhile, reading a little every day will help widen their vocabulary, sharpen their analytical thinking, and enhance their imagination.

Looking for reading inspiration? Check out our Key Stage 2 reading list.

Hone curiosity

Selective schools are often looking for children who are interested in learning. You can help by supporting your child’s broader learning, their intellectual curiosity, and their passion for developing an understanding of the world.

Talk to your child about the world we live in and inspire an interest in current affairs with age-appropriate journalism. It’s also a good idea to make sure they’re benefitting from a rich variety of experiences, such as visiting libraries, museums and galleries.

Refine exam technique

When your child feels confident with their knowledge of the exam topics, they’ll be ready to put their knowledge to the test.

Mock tests can help your child develop problem-solving skills and refine exam technique. They’re also a great way to consolidate learning, while highlighting any knowledge gaps they might want to tackle before exam day.

When you set Streatham & Clapham High School as a target school on Atom Home, your child will get ISEB mock tests as part of their learning plan. Atom’s mock tests mirror the real ISEB – the curriculum, the timings, the controls and even the colours. Know what to expect on exam day.

An ISEB non-verbal reasoning mock test on Atom Home

Celebrate progress

Setting regular, achievable goals and celebrating your child’s progress – no matter how big or small – will help keep their motivation high.

Make sure to encourage a growth mindset. This means celebrating effort, as well as achievement! When your child makes mistakes or struggles to understand a particular topic, help them understand that they’ll improve through practice. Regular praise will help your child improve their resilience when tackling new and challenging topics.

Tailored exam prep for Streatham & Clapham High School

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