Entry at 7+

How to Apply

All prospective candidates are encouraged to come and visit us before registering to sit an entrance examination. Please come and visit us at one of our upcoming Open Days or Visitor Mornings.

To apply for a place at the College all prospective candidates must complete the relevant registration form, include all the requested supporting documentation, and pay a non-refundable application fee of £100. Acceptance of registration does not constitute an offer of a place.

Once we have accepted your registration we will contact all prospective candidates with details about arrangements for the assessment day. If successful at the assessment day a candidate will be offered a place to study at Eltham College

On accepting a place, parents are required to pay a deposit and sign a contract which outlines the standard terms and conditions under which their child is accepted as a student at Eltham College. Offer of a place is also subject to satisfactory references from the candidate’s current school.

7+ Online Registration Form

Key dates for 7+ entry 2019

Whole School Open MorningSaturday 29 September 2018
Junior School Open MorningSaturday 17 November 2018
7+ Registration DeadlineMonday 3 December 2018
7+ Activity MorningSaturday 12 January 2019
7+ Entrance Examsheld over a two week period from Monday 14 January 2019

7+ Entry Assessments

Entry at 7+ is by assessment. All candidates are assessed in English, which includes an element of verbal reasoning, Mathematics and reading.

Prior to the assessment all registered candidates are invited to an activity morning where they can take part in a range of activities including Art, Music, IT and Games, designed to familiarise them with the Junior School and meet the staff and students whom they might encounter on their assessment visit. Attendance at this Activity Morning is voluntary but hugely beneficial.

In early December invitations will be sent to the parents of registered candidates to bring in their child to the Junior School for assessment. The children are invited in age order, eldest to youngest, in groups of around eight over a three-week period. Children from the same school will not usually be assessed together as this can sometimes be distracting.

The assessment session takes place in the morning and lasts approximately two hours. It is designed to test numerical, language and reading skills which underpin a child’s ability to cope well with the pace and level of the curriculum and the organisational demands of the Junior School’s busy curricular and co-curricular programme. Childrens’ behaviour during the assessment process and what they tell us about their hobbies and interests are taken into account when making final decisions.

All prospective candidates are assessed by Mr Cavendish, Head of the Junior School, and other senior staff. By meeting all the children in small assessment groups, Mr Cavendish is better able to report back to parents at an individual level and gain a fuller insight into their relative abilities, confidences and needs.

Generally those who are successful in being offered a place have a strong reading ability, with a reading age well in excess of their chronological age; are adept with using language in different forms; spelling, writing and verbal reasoning; and possess a good grasp of basic concepts appropriate to their age and schooling.

Some children are inevitably stronger in some areas than others, but chronological differences are taken into consideration as are reports from their current school.

7+ Admissions Detail

Assessment Decisions

Mr Cavendish’s decision is final in all matters relating to entry to the Junior School. Decisions will be sent to parents before the February half term.

The decision will be one of the following:

  • Your child has done well enough to be offered a place;
  • Your child has not done well enough to be offered a place in view of the competition;
  • Your child is below the standard required for entry to the Junior School. We may consider re-assessing them the following year for Year 4 entry.

If your child has been offered a place your offer letter will include how to accept the place and the acceptance deadline date.