FAQs 11+
FAQs 11+

FAQs 11+ Admissions

Everything you need to know for 11+

What is the closing date for receipt of applications for Year 7?

12 November 2021 – All applications for Year 7 entry in September 2022 must be received by this date. Applications received after this will not be accepted.

What happens after I have returned my application form and fee?

You will receive an acknowledgement and your daughter will be registered for the ISEB Common Pre-Test. We will also request a reference from the Head Teacher of your daughter’s current school.

When and where is the Entrance Test?

Many applicants will be able to sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test at their own school, reducing the need for travel and allowing them to stay in their current school ‘bubble’. Applicants can also sit this test at any senior school they have applied for, which also uses this test for 11+ entry.

Does it matter where my daughter sits the examination?

It does not matter where your daughter takes the ISEB Pre-Test – she will not be disadvantaged in any way by not taking the test at Channing. The date by which the ISEB test must be completed is 10 December 2021. If you have applied to several schools who have the ISEB Common Pre-Test for their entrance process your daughter only needs to sit the test once. The set of results produced from the ISEB Common Pre-Test will be shared with all the schools who have registered that candidate. Our Admissions department will be in touch with you to ascertain where and when your daughter will be taking the ISEB Common Pre-Test after we have received your application. Please ensure you submit an application to Channing even if your daughter is sitting the exam at a different school so that we are able to access her results.

Will sample papers be provided?

Please visit the ISEB website which has more information for parents and where you can access the Familiarisation material for the online ISEB Pre-Test

Do I need to register my daughter with ISEB?

No, as candidates are registered by the school to which they apply, parents should not register their daughter for the Common Pre-Tests themselves. Please proceed as usual to make your application to each school for which you would like your daughter to be considered, even if more than one school to which you are applying is using the ISEB Common Pre-Tests this year.

How long is the examination?

The tests take about two-and-a-half hours to complete (English 25 minutes, mathematics 50 minutes, non-verbal reasoning 32 minutes, verbal reasoning 36 minutes) and can be taken together or at separate times, either in the candidate’s own school or at the senior school for which he or she is entered.

Can I make an application from overseas?

Yes. Overseas applications are very welcome to apply to Channing School. Overseas candidates, can sit the ISEB PRe-Test at an approved testing centre if prior permission has been obtained.  ISEB does not allow candidates to be tested at their home, a tutor’s house or anywhere which is not considered a professional venue.

Will my daughter have an interview?

All applicants are invited to attend an interview in January 2022.   Candidates have an individual interview with a senior member of staff for approximately 15 minutes. There is no need for candidates to do any preparation prior to their interview or to bring anything with them.

Do you offer Scholarships and Bursaries?

All applicants who sit the entrance examination are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship (10% of the fees). No separate application is required.

If you wish to apply for a Music Scholarship you must complete the Music Scholarship Application form in addition to the Year 7 application form. All applicants, who meet the published criteria, will be invited to attend a music audition in January 2022. Music Scholarships are awarded for up to 50% of the tuition fees as a result of the audition and qualification in the academic examination.

Bursaries can be awarded for up to 100% of tuition fees on entry to Year 7. In order to assess financial criteria, applicants will be asked to complete a Statement of Financial Circumstances. When considering applications the full family circumstances, not just income, will be considered.

Are applicants with a sibling already at Channing always offered a place?

Siblings of current pupils are given careful consideration but they are not given priority or automatically offered a place. Each applicant is considered on her own individual merit.

When will I know the result of my daughter’s application?

Results will be emailed to parents on Friday 11th February. Please note, if your daughter is placed on the Waiting List, information about her position on the Waiting List is not given. All girls on the Waiting List are considered to have qualified for entry should a place arise.

How long do I have to decide whether to accept the offer of a place?

The date by which you must accept or decline an offer of a place is Monday 7th March 2021 at 12 noon.

What sports are offered to pupils ?

In year 7, 8 & 9 students are able to try a wide variety of sports including netball, football, athletics, volleyball, gymnastics, trampolining, cricket, rounders, tag rugby, cross country and health and fitness. In Year 9 the students also get the opportunity to complete part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh in their PE lessons. From Year 10 girls have the opportunity to go skiing

What languages to pupils study?

All pupils study Spanish in Year 7 as well as Latin. In Year 8 they study Spanish and either French or German and continue to study two languages in Year 9.  In. addition all pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 study Latin.  In Year 10 pupils choose at least one modern foreign language to study at GCSE level.

Do you provide a school bus service for pupils?

We are very well served by public transport with many bus routes passing the school and we are close to two tube stations. Please go to our website to see the range of  transport links to the school. Many pupils walk to school and we encourage pupils to cycle if they can. As well as being good for general health, it is good for the environment. We not therefore currently provide a school bus service for pupils but this is reviewed and considered every year.

What clubs and extra-curricular activities do you offer?

Please visit our website to see the wide range of clubs and activities on offer to our pupils: Extra-curricular activities at Channing.