11+ Entry

Admission to the schools is based on a child’s potential, and not just on a single test performance. As part of the evaluation process, we aim to meet with all prospective pupils before the assessment day and we also take into account the recommendations from the child’s previous school.  On the day itself, we try to make the experience as stress-free as possible, with pupils sitting their papers together in small groups.  Allowances are made for the anxiety that some children experience when sitting a test, many for the first time, so we meet each individual on arrival and look after them throughout their visit. Between sessions, they are given the opportunity to take a break for refreshments.  We endeavour to give our prospective pupils every chance to shine. 

We are happy to guide each family through the entrance procedure. For more information on our Open Days and 11+ entry assessments please contact our Admissions Registrar, Miss Ellie Townsend on 01600 710 433, email or register your interest online:

Register Interest

To see how we process and store admissions data please refer to the full privacy notice.

Entrance assessment dates - 2021 entry

Year 7
Application Deadline – Friday 6th November 2020
Year 6 Activity Morning Saturday 7th November 2020
Interactive remote activities to take place
Year 7 General Entry Assessments Monday 16th – Friday 27th November 2020, by arrangement
11+ Music Scholarship interviews Monday 16th – Friday 27th November 2020, by arrangement
11+ Sports Scholarship interviews Monday 16th – Friday 27th November 2020, by arrangement
11+ Dance Scholarship interviews Monday 16th – Friday 27th November 2020, by arrangement

For all candidates, we like to request a report from their current school and also invite them along for a brief interview. However, if the above dates are not convenient, we can sometimes arrange alternative dates and entry papers can be sent abroad for those living overseas. Past papers and guidelines for the entry assessments may be requested from the Admissions Registrar or can be downloaded from this website.

Entrance assessment dates in full

Written assessment guidelines

General Entry Assessments for boys aged 11 include written tests in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning, together with an informal interview and a report from present school. The English and mathematics papers are largely based upon levels 1-4 of the National Curriculum. Maths and English sample papers for entry to the senior school are available from the Admissions Registrar.


The English and Mathematics papers will be largely based upon levels 1-4 of the National Curriculum.

(1) English (60 minutes) Candidates will have the opportunity of writing both imaginatively and in response to prose, poetry or visual material. They will be expected to show that their handwriting, spelling and presentation are adequate, and that they are familiar with simple parts of speech and basic punctuation. Straightforward questions on vocabulary, use of pronouns and conjunctions etc. may also be set. The format of the paper may vary from year to year.

(2) Mathematics (50 minutes) The Maths exam will be in two parts:

The first part will be a 15 minute test consisting entirely of arithmetic questions which are to be answered without the use of a calculator. The second part will be a 35 minute test consisting of questions and problems which would cover all aspects of the Mathematics curriculum (arithmetic, algebra, shape and space, handling data and applications). Candidates will be allowed to use calculators for this part. (A simple four function (+,-,x,) calculator will be sufficient.) A small number of questions (accounting for a maximum of 20% of the final assessment) may be set to test the candidate’s ability to understand and apply a new idea.

(3) A Verbal Reasoning Test (50 minutes)


The Governors of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are committed to broadening access to the schools by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with payment of school fees.  Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of the applicants, including the number of children in the family. Pupils holding bursaries may also be given help with travel and other expenses.

More info on bursaries and family fee support

Learning Support

The Study Support department aims to enable all pupils to reach their full potential.

We are a dedicated department where pupils throughout the school can receive the support they require, gain confidence in their abilities and develop strategies to enable them to become independent learners.

We encourage all school staff  to become involved in this process and to recognise their responsibility for the education of our pupils with specific difficulties.

All  staff keep up-to-date with  pupils’ needs through the Study Support Register.

Boys are assessed on entry but can be referred at any time throughout their school career, either by staff or their parents. Support is either full-time or short term (short term is usually three to four sessions).

Pupils are usually taught individually and during a slot suitable to their own timetable. In the junior section of the school we have an emphasis on spelling and comprehension skills as well as personal organisation and handwriting.

Pupils taking GCSEs are offered more tailored approaches to their study skills and are encouraged to develop their writing and subject-specific skills.

Where appropriate, we make access arrangements for public exams. The department will screen and assess pupils to determine whether they are eligible for concessions. Our purpose is to establish a level playing field for all pupils without giving an unfair advantage. All access arrangements are carried out and inspected by the strict JCQ guidelines.

Who do we support?

Any pupil who requires extra support to access the curriculum, typically:

  • Pupils with dyslexia or literacy difficulties
  • Pupils with organisational difficulties
  • Pupils with mild Asperger syndrome or mild autistic spectrum disorders
  • Pupils with numeracy difficulties
  • EAL pupils
  • Sixth Formers who need organisational skills and/or study skills