11+ admissions

11+ admissions

As a highly successful School, entrance to Caterham is by selection based on academic merit and on an assessment of each child’s likely positive contribution to the School. A vital part of the admissions process is getting to know each child as an individual.

We are always pleased to meet families who are considering our School. For details of open days and visitor mornings please click here.

Pupils wishing to join Caterham School must submit their application by early November of Year 6 (see below for admissions dates for September 2022).

Candidates will sit the ISEB Common PreTest (on-line exams in English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning) in the latter part of the Autumn Term of Year 6 at their Prep School where their current School’s teachers will supervise the test. For pupils who are unable to sit the ISEB exams at their current school, they will be invited to sit these at Caterham School on Saturday 20 November and further details about this will be communicated nearer the time.  Please note that pupils who are applying to more than one Senior school which use the Common Pre-Tests will only need to sit the tests once per academic year. 

Prospective pupils are interviewed in the November prior to the year of entry which enables us to get to know each child as an individual. Candidates will be contacted with a date and time after the closing date for applications – please note the dates below.

Candidates will then attend the morning or afternoon on Saturday 8 January 2022 for the 11+ exams and will sit English and Maths papers. Candidates will also complete an interactive, problem-solving activity in a group setting.  All papers are designed to bring out the skills and potential of the candidates, whatever they may have covered in the past.

The exams take place at Caterham School in a normal classroom environment with a teacher and Sixth Form pupils remaining with the candidates, who are in small groups, throughout the morning or afternoon. 

As part of the application process, a reference will be sought from the prospective pupil’s current school.


11+ Dates for September 2022

Entry Closing date for 11+ applications and bursariesFriday 5 November 2021
11+ ISEB Common Pre-Test to be takenNovember/December 2021
11+ InterviewsMonday 15, Wednesday 17, Friday 19, Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 November 2021
11+ Scholarship application closing dateMonday 15 November 2021
11+ Entrance ExaminationsSaturday 8 January 2022
11+ Co-curricular Scholarship AssessmentsThursday 13 and Friday 14 January 2022
11+ Decision Letters will be emailed to families on:Thursday 10 February 2022
11+ Acceptance Closing DateMonday 7 March 2022


Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of £125 is required for every application.

To make a day application please click here.

Approximately a third of our parents benefit from reduced fees, either through scholarships, or bursaries, which you can read about here. If you wish to enquire about fee assistance, before you make an application, please contact Mrs Alison Jones, our Registrar, on 01883 335 058 or email: [email protected].