The 11+ London Consortium is simply a group of independent schools in London that have agreed to use the same admissions procedure for entrance into year 7.
Parents and students often apply to more than one of the schools in this group, so managing applicants together makes the admissions process fairer and more efficient. All schools in the group set the same entrance exams, with the same mark schemes, sharing the results with each other. This means that students have to sit fewer exams and have more flexibility over where they sit them. It also means students can be matched more effectively to schools that best fit their profile.
This group used to be known as the North London Girl’s School Consortium, but has now changed its name after incorporating more schools into one group and developing a new cognitive ability test. The schools that currently make up the 11+ London Consortium are:
Open events, held throughout the year, will allow parents and pupils to visit schools and help them to decide where to apply. It is important to use these opportunities to decide which schools will best suit your daughter. You should ring each school early in the Autumn Term for the dates and times of Open Days.
You start the applications process by requesting an Application Form directly from the school for which you wish your daughter to be considered. If applying to more than one school, you will need to complete a separate application form for each one. Any schools applied for will then process your application and send you information regarding the next steps. Registration closes in November.
If you have applied to more than one school in the London 11+ Consortium, you can state a preference for the school in which you wish to take the exam, giving a second or third choice if applicable. Depending on space, a candidate may be asked to sit the exam in a school which is not her first choice, but this will have no bearing on how the application is considered; the result of the test will be shared with all schools to which the candidate has applied and the location of the test will not affect her chances of success at other schools.
The candidate’s junior school will need to provide a reference before the entrance examination. Each of the London 11+ Consortium schools to which you have applied will ask for a reference individually. They will seek detailed information on the student’s current academic level and performance as well as more general information on character and attitude towards learning.
From 2019 entrance onwards, the separate maths and English 11+ tests will be replaced with one Cognitive Abilities test. This is an effort to reduce pressure on students and combat intensive preparation techniques. It is taken in person at a Consortium school. Please see below for details.
In addition to the Cognitive Abilities Test, candidates will also be asked to interview at each Consortium school to which they have applied. Each Consortium school decides their interview format and interview date separately. Minimal information will be provided in order to ensure equal opportunity, but interviews will generally test problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Results will be shared with all Consortium schools to which you have applied. Each school will decide individually whether to offer a place based on the candidate’s reference, and their performance at examination and interview. Different schools may place different weight on each part, but all are important.
Offers are sent directly to parents by all Consortium schools on the same date in February, using either post or email. Candidates may be offered a place on a waiting list; everyone on the waiting list is considered to have met qualifications for entry if a vacancy comes up.
If offered a place, you will need to send your acceptance by early March. If no acceptance has been received by the date given, the place will be re-offered to another candidate. You can only accept an offer at one school. After accepting an offer from one school, is good practice to inform any other school at which you hold an offer immediately, so they may reallocate their places to students on waiting lists.
The Cognitive Abilities Test will test candidates’ current level of academic attainment as well as their potential. The Consortium website states that it has been created as a ‘bespoke examination’, with a different format to any other tests currently available.
Though they do not state which examination provider they have used, it is clear from their familiarisation booklet that it has been created by CEM. This booklet provides a useful introduction to question style and is available on the Consortium website (www.london11plus.co.uk). Other details are as follows:
As ever, the website is at pains to state that the exam is tutor-proof. This means that they are secretive about format and will not provide sample papers. However, familiarity with CEM-style reasoning questions will undoubtedly help with speed and accuracy, as will a slow but steady revision schedule for maths and English, while reading widely to improve vocabulary.
The London 11+ Consortium follow the regulations and guidance for access arrangements set down by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). This means that any applicants who have had a professional assessment, which identifies a learning difficulty or an uneven learning profile, may have 25% extra time.
For this to apply candidates must have either at least one standardised score of less than 85, or at least two standardised scores of less than 90, which relate to one of the following processing scores:
If this is the case, the candidate’s current school should have been made aware and should already be allowing extra time in tests. The Consortium school to which you are applying will need to receive evidence from a specialist and also from your current school by 30th November to qualify for access arrangements.
If standardised scores do not fall into the conditions described above, there are rare occasions where extra time will be allowed, but these will require extensive evidence and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If, in these cases, extra time is refused, the educational professional’s report will still be taken into consideration alongside the test results when deciding whether to offer a place.
As the cognitive test is multiple choice, and answered on paper, laptops will not be necessary.