Older Children

11+ & 13+ Admissions Process

Please note we have limited places for entry into Year 7 September 2023 and Year 9 September 2025. Please contact admissions to discuss further by completing our enquiry form HERE.

Key Admissions Dates 

Year 7 Entry in 2024 & Year 9 Entry in 2026

Friday 3 November 2023 - Registration & Scholarship Deadline

Saturday 25 November 2023 - ISEB Entrance Assessments

Tuesday 9 January 2024 - Interview and Activity Day for all shortlisted candidates

Friday 12 January 2024 - Offers sent via email

Tuesday 23 January 2024 - Scholarship Day

Friday 26 January 2024 - Scholarship Offers sent via email

Monday 4 March 2024 - Acceptance Deadline



Registration for 11+ and 13+ entry and Scholarships

All girls and boys must be registered to sit our entrance examination. To register your child, please complete our online registration form, along with the non-returnable registration fee of £100. 

The deadline for 11+ and 13+ registrations is Friday 3 November 2023 for entry into Year 7 in September 2024 or Year 9 in September 2026

Register Online (hoebridgeschool.co.uk)

Scholarships are available in Academics, Sport, Art & DT, Music and Performing Arts as well as an All Rounder Headmaster Award. The deadline for scholarships is Friday 3 November 2023. Please click on the link below for further information about our scholarships and how to apply.

11+ Scholarships (hoebridgeschool.co.uk)



Children are assessed for their suitability via the assessments outlined below and a confidential reference from their current headteacher.

All children sit the online ISEB Common Pre-Tests during the first term of Year 6. Candidates will either sit the assessments at Hoe Bridge School on Saturday 25 November 2023, their current Prep School or another senior school which they have applied for that uses ISEB as their assessment tool.

Candidates will be contacted by Monday 11 December 2023 as to whether they will be invited to our shortlisted interview/activity day on Tuesday 9 January 2024.

Further Information on ISEB Common Pre-Tests

ISEB Common Pre-Tests are widely-used, age-standardised assessment for children applying for selective independent senior schools which are adaptive and age-standardised. Assessing English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning; they are in a multiple-choice format and take approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete. No special preparation is required for the Common Pre-Tests, which are designed to identify potential as well as attainment. Please see a breakdown of the different areas below:

  • English (40 minutes) – assessing comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.
  • Maths (40 minutes) – assessing mathematical ability across the curriculum, including arithmetic and problem solving.
  • Verbal Reasoning (30 minutes) – assessing thinking and problem solving with words.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning (25 minutes) - assessing thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures.


Interview and Activity Day for Shortlisted Candidates

Invited children will join us on Tuesday 9 January 2024. Children are interviewed individually by current members of the senior leadership team. The aim of the interview is, within a relaxed atmosphere, to get an insight into each child’s interests and to see how they think and how they react to questions which they will not have prepared for. We look for children with an inquisitive mind, who will challenge and question, who are flexible in their thought process and who are able to develop their answers. In addition, a short composition/English creative writing task, group reading and team building activities are included in this part of the assessment process for us to better understand the whole child.


Scholarship Day

Following scholarship applications a specific scholarship reference will be sought from their school and shortlist candidates will be invited to our scholarship day on Tuesday 23 January 2024. Please see our scholarship information link below for further information on scholarship assessment which differs depending on the scholarship applied for.

11+ Scholarships (hoebridgeschool.co.uk)


Offers & Scholarship Awards

On Friday 12 January 2024 offers will be sent followed by scholarship awards on Friday 26 January 2024 by emailed to parents of candidates. This email will be followed by a personal letter from our Headmaster, Mr Webster. 


Acceptance Deadline

Acceptances must be received by Wednesday 4 March 2024.  In the event of acceptance not being received by this date the offer of a place will be withdrawn and given to another family. Places are secured by signed the Acceptance Form and paying the Acceptance Deposit of £750.


Register For 11+ Admission

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