How to get into Alleyn’s at 11+

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February 8th, 2017

How to get into Alleyn’s at 11+

Are you hoping for your child to win one of the 135 places at Alleyn's at 11+? Read on!


Alleyn’s has in the region of 135 places available in total at 11 Plus. Please be aware that many of these are given to students attending the Junior School, who sit the entrance exam as well. They typically make up one third of the cohort at 11+, with around two thirds joining at this point. In an average year this would mean that around 90 places are available to external candidates at 11+.

(NB – the school also has a smaller entrance point at 13+, with somewhere between ten and twenty places available each year).

Places are awarded on the basis of performance in an series of examinations in English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Examinations take place on one day in early January of Year 6 (the school year before admission), when students will be 10 or 11 years old.


Parents must register their children by mid November of Year 6. For example, for entry in September 2017 parents were required to register their children by Friday, 18th November 2016. Alleyn’s does not allow for registration earlier than the year before entry at 11+, and the earliest date allowed is 1st September of the academic year before.

To register, parents must complete an application form. There is a separate, special application form for 11+ entry. At this point, parents are required to specify some basic information such as name, date of birth, languages spoken by the student, nationality, any current connection with Alleyn’s, any scholarship or bursary applied for, details of the child’s present school and basic information on the parent(s).

The fee is £100 for students living in the UK, and £200 for students living outside the UK. Payment is handled either by cheque or an external online payment platform called WisePay. To pay Alleyn’s via WisePay, you will need to set up an account on the WisePay website, and then pay the amount due via credit or debit card.

Forms must be returned to the school’s registrar via post, including a photocopy of the student’s birth certificate and one passport sized photo, affixed to the form.

At this point, Alleyn’s will request a report from the student’s current school, a separate letter explaining any relevant medical problems or learning difficulties (including students with statements of SEN), as well as any request for extra time in the entrance examinations. These requests must be be made with the inclusion of a written assessment of the student by an educational psychologist or similar. Any assessment of need must have happened within two years of the entrance test, and must be submitted before the application closing date.

The school’s application form can be found here.


No pre-assessment or pre-testing used by Alleyn’s at 11+. This means that all places are awarded via one set of entrance exams (see below for more information).


Alleyn’s write their own entrance examinations in Maths and English, for which they helpfully provide practice papers (and in the case of the Maths, a syllabus as well). The school doesn’t provide past papers for Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, which is commonplace. In this case, we recommend using the usual suspects such Bond books and GL-Assessment practice papers. Up until the time of writing, the examinations always took place in early January. In 2017, they took place on Monday 17th January.

An 11 + Maths paper for Alleyn’s can be found here

An 11 + English paper for Alleyn’s can be found here.

Although they aren’t exactly the same, parents wishing to give their child extra exam practice papers have two main routes: the practice papers written by the ISEB (purchasable from Galore Park’s website), and the free papers that we provide on our website.

Buy ISEB papers from Galore Park.

View free 11+ papers from Owl Tutors.


Students who do well on the examinations are invited back for an interview. This process happens quickly. In 2017 the entrance exam took place on Tuesday 17th January, and interviewees were invited back the following week.

At 11+ the interview process is usually quite short. There is often a lot of fear around the interview process, but essentially, the school wants to know if your child is going to be happy and do well there. In the words of one of our top school entrance tutors:

[bs_lead]”The interview is a conversation with a purpose, designed to establish whether the school will suit you and you will suit the school. Ask your child to think about why they want to go there, what the school can offer them and what they can offer the school. Can they play an instrument, act, contribute to term sports, play chess, instigate a new club? Tell them!”[/bs_lead]

Five helpful tips on how to help your child with their 11+ interview.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Alleyn’s offers both Scholarships and Bursaries at 11 Plus.

General information on Alleyn’s scholarships and bursaries at 11 Plus.


Academic scholarships are offered on the basis of performance on the school’s entrance test. The maximum value of a scholarship is £4000 a year.  Two types of academic scholarship are available:

  • Saddler’s Scholarships – these are given to the 6 students entering Year 7 with the highest scores on the entrance exams. They are worth up to £4000 per year.
  • Academic scholarships – again these are given based on performance on the entrance exams, and are worth up to £4000 per year.

Music scholarships are available at 11+. They are worth up to £4000 per year, and also include free weekly instrument lessons. Students must sit a 30 minute audition on two instruments, and are expected to be at least at Grade V standard.

Sports scholarships are available at 11+. They are worth up to £4000 per year. Students must attend a separate assessment.

Art scholarships are available at 11+. They are worth up to £4000 per year. Students must attend a separate assessment.

Bursaries and exhibitions

Bursaries are offered under the usual circumstances, i.e. when parents cannot pay full fees. As usual, parents must complete a financial return, which is reviewed each year. Bursaries can be applied for through the regular application form.

The school offers two “exhibitions” alongside their range of scholarships.

Music exhibitions are available at 11+. They include free weekly instrument lessons. Students must sit a 30 minute audition on two instruments, and are expected to be at least at Grade V standard.

Sports exhibitions are available at 11+. They are worth up to £250 per year. Students must attend a separate assessment.

Further information on scholarships, bursaries and exhibitions can be found here.


For 11+ entry in 2017, application fees to Alleyn’s were £100 for students living in the UK, and £200 for students outside the UK.

In the Senior School, fees (payable termly) are £6,042 for the year 2017-2018. This comes to £18,126 a year.

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Finnian qualified as a teacher in Primary education in 2000, and now works as a tutor with Owl Tutors.

Finnian is our most experienced school entrance tutor. He is a highly skilled and knowledgeable English and mathematics teacher, with two decades in the classroom and over a decade tutoring. Finnian previously spent substantial time in the world of business, successfully running his own companies in London and New York, before a desire to teach led him to four years of study to become a primary teacher.