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 wider 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 2023).

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 sit the ISEB Common PreTest (online exams in English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning) in the latter part of the Autumn Term of Year 6 either here at Caterham School (see date below) or at their school if their current school can facilitate the test.  Please note that pupils who are applying to more than one Senior school which use the Common Pre-Test will only need to sit the test once. 

Candidates will then attend an assessment morning or afternoon on Saturday 14 January 2023 for the 11+ exams. Candidates will sit English and Maths papers in addition to a critical, creative and innovative thinking paper.  All papers are designed to bring out the skills and potential of candidates, whatever they may have studied in the past.  Candidates take assessments in small groups at Caterham School in a normal classroom environment.  

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


11+ Dates for September 2023

Closing date for 11+ applications and bursariesFriday 4 November 2022
ISEB Common Pre-Test to be taken at Current School if they are able to invigilateNovember/December 2022
ISEB Common Pre-test at Caterham School Saturday 19 November 2022
11+ InterviewsMonday 14, Wednesday 16, Friday 18, Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November 2022
11+ Scholarship application closing dateMonday 14 November 2022
11+ Entrance ExaminationsSaturday 14 January 2023
11+ Co-curricular Scholarship AssessmentsWeek of 16 January (dates to be advised)
11+ Decision Letters will be emailed to families on:February 2023 (date to be advised)
11+ Acceptance Closing DateMarch 2023 (date to be advised)