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How to get into Bancroft's School
July 22, 2016
Need a quick guide to fees, examinations, and admissions to get into Bancroft's School? Here it is!
Type: Independent co-educational day school, ages 7 - 18
Prep School: £4,430, per term (£13,290, per annum)
Senior School: £5,441, per term (£16,323, per annum)
Registration Fee: £60 for regular students, £20 if applying for a means-tested award
Bancroft’s fees include school lunches, all textbooks, some co-curricular trips, and examination boards’ fees charged during your child’s schooling. For additional fees and information on how and when to pay, click here.
Current Head: Mary Ireland
About Bancroft's School
Bancroft’s School is an independent, co-educational day school in Woodford Green. Originally established by Francis Bancroft and the Draper’s Company in 1737, the school enjoys a 275 year old legacy of excellence.
Headmistress Mary Ireland believes that “[e]ach child only goes through school once, so their experience should be as good as it possibly can be.”
How do I know if Bancroft's is right for me?
Bancroft’s School hosts Open Morning and Evening events throughout the fall so that you and your child can experience all Bancroft’s has to offer before making your final decision.
For entry in September 2017, the 7+ Open Morning is on 15th October, 2016 from 10.00 a.m. to noon, for 11+ entry the first Opening Morning is 19th November, 2016 from 10.00 a.m. to noon, and for 16+ entry the Open Evening is 18th October, 2016 from 8.00 to 9.30 p.m.
The Open events include a Head talk, a tour of the school site, the opportunity to chat with staff and students, and an information pack. Bancroft’s does not require registration for their Open events, but does ask that you and your child arrive early as school site parking is quite limited.
Registration at all entry points asks that parents download and complete the relevant entry form (either the 7+ Entry Registration Form, 11+ Registration Form, 13+ Registration Form,or the Sixth Form Registration Form), including a copy of your child’s full birth certificate and a £20-£60 registration fee payable to Bancroft’s School (see Fees above).
1st December 2016 is the closing date for 7+ registrations for entry in September 2017 and for 11+ entry in September 2017. 31st January 2016 is the closing date for 13+ fee-paying registrations for entry in September 2017 (unfortunately Bancroft’s is not accepting applications for scholarship students entering year 9 at this time), and 31st October 2016 for 16+ registrations for entry in September 2017.
Please note that if your child applies for a means-tested scholarship only, they will not be considered for any of the fee-paying positions, regardless of their examination results.
For more information and important dates, check in with Bancroft’s School here.
What are Bancroft's interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
Bancroft’s 7+ entry requires that your child write Maths and Non-verbal reasoning exams, but does not ask them to interview.
All 11+ students will write both an English and a Maths entrance exam, and will interview. The English exam is sectioned into a 45 minute reading and understanding period, and a 20 minute writing period. Students will be rewarded for relevant, original, and accurate answers with few spelling or grammar errors.
The Maths examination is also divided into two sections, and lasts 75 minutes. The first section will feature a series of increasingly difficult questions from level 5 at Key Stage Two. The second section is comprised of more difficult questions that may be unfamiliar to your child. Bancroft’s doesn’t expect a high score in this section, rather, they are looking for students who can apply logic to a difficult problem (even if the end result is incorrect!)
For the interview portion, Bancroft’s suggests that your child works towards being comfortable discussing their interests and achievements.
Similarly, all 13+ students will sit two 75 minute papers in both Maths and English. If your child does well on the exams, they will be asked to interview with one of Bancroft’s senior level staff and another student. The interviews are mostly about your child’s previous school work, and a report from their current school will be taken into account.
Lastly, 16+ will sit two 90 minute exams for a GCSE subject of their choice. If your child chooses to sit an entrance paper in English Literature, they will be asked to follow special instructions so that their examination covers one of two texts of their choice, and a text that will not be confirmed until the examination. If your child is applying for Art, they should bring a portfolio of recent work with them to the interview.
The interview process for 16+ is relatively easy, but students will benefit from practicing talking about themselves and their academic goals.
Best of Luck!
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