Older Children

11+ Admissions Process

Key Admissions Dates 2022 – 2023

Tuesday 1 November 2022 - Registration & Scholarship Deadline

Saturday 26 November 2022 - 11+ and 13+ ISEB Entrance Assessments

Tuesday 10 January 2023 - Interview and Activity Day for all shortlisted candidates

Tuesday 24 January 2023 - Scholarship Day

Monday 30 January 2023 - Offers sent via email

March 6 March 2023 - 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 £75. 

The deadline for 11+ and 13+ registrations is Tuesday 1 November 2022 for entry into Year 7 in September 2023 or Year 9 in September 2025

Register Online (hoebridgeschool.co.uk)

Scholarships are available in Academics, Sport, Art, Music and Performing Arts as well as an All Rounder Headmaster Award. The deadline for scholarships is Tuesday 1 November 2022. 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 26 November 2022, their current Prep School or another senior school which they have applied for that uses ISEB as their assessment tool. Please note ISEB Common Pre-Tests can only be taken once and must be taken by Friday 2 December 2022 in order for us to consider offering a place.

Candidates will be contacted by Monday 12 December 2022 as to whether they will be invited to our shortlisted interview/activity day on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

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 (25 minutes) – assessing comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.
  • Maths (50 minutes) – assessing mathematical ability across the curriculum, including arithmetic and problem solving.
  • Verbal Reasoning (32 minutes) – assessing thinking and problem solving with words.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning (36 minutes) - assessing thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures.


Interview and Activity Day for Shortlisted Candidates

Invited children will join us on Tuesday 10 January 2023. 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 is included in this part of the assessment process. The day also gives children a chance to try out some activities around different subjects at Hoe Bridge such as Sport, Drama, Music, DT, Art and Science.


Scholarship Day

Following scholarship applications a specific scholarship reference will be sort from their school and shortlist candidates will be invited to our scholarship day on Tuesday 24 January 2023. 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 Monday 30 January 2023 offers and scholarship awards will be 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 1 March 2023.  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 £1000.


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