Are you hoping for your son to win a place at Dulwich College at 11 Plus? Registration for 2021 entry will open at the beginning of April, so we've set out what to expect from the process.
Dulwich College has approximately 70 places available at 11 Plus. 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 boys will be 10 or 11 years old.
Parents must register their children by early November of Year 6. For example, for entry in September 2020, parents were required to register their children by Friday, 8th November 2019.
To register, parents must complete an application form. There is a seperate application form for 11+ entry. At this point, parents must specify some basic information such as name, date of birth, nationality, any scholarship or bursary applied for, details of the child’s present school and basic information on the parent(s).
The registration fee (which is non-returnable) is £150 for students living in the UK, and £300 for students living outside the UK.
Forms must be returned to the school’s registrar via post, including a photocopy of the student’s birth certificate and two passport sized photos.
At this point, Dulwich College will request a report from the student’s current school, a 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.
Registration for 2021 and beyond will open at the beginning of April 2020.
No pre-assessment or pre-testing is used by Dulwich College at 11+.
Dulwich College set their own entrance examinations in Maths and English, for which they helpfully provide multiple practice papers (and in the case of the Maths, mark schemes as well). The school doesn’t provide past papers for Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, which is commonplace. In this case, we recommend using Bond books and GL-Assessment practice papers. The examinations will usually take place in early January.
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.
Students who do well in the examinations are invited back for an interview. This process happens quickly. In 2020 the entrance exam took place on Monday 6th January, and interviewees were invited back from Monday 13th January to Tuesday 21st January. 160 boys were invited for interview.
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:
“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!”
Bursaries and Scholarships are both offered by Dulwich College at 11 Plus.
Academic scholarships are offered on the basis of performance on the school’s entrance test. They can be held by boarding or day students. The value varies between 10% and one third of the school’s annual fees.
Music scholarships are available at 11+. In this case, students must complete a separate application form, specifying relevant information about instruments played. In addition to the regular admissions process, students must attend auditions at the school. Here they are required to play two pieces, sight read a short piece and complete some tests. The school also offers Choral and Organ Scholarships.
Art and Sports Scholarships are not offered by Dulwich College at 11 Plus.
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.
Parents must pay a deposit on accepting a place at 11+. For 2020 entry, this was £1850 for day students and £3,700 for boarders. Deposits are repaid once the student leaves, assuming all bills are paid.
Day fees (per term) are £7,082 for 2020 entry.
Boarding fees (per term) are £14,782 for full boarders for the year 2020-2021, and £13,859 for weekly boarders.
This blog was written by Finnian, one of our most experienced school entrance tutors. Contact us if you would be interested in arranging one-to-one 11 Plus tuition with him.