North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020

Entrance exam

Entrance exam and assessment

Our entrance exam for Nursery to Year 10 entry takes place at the end of January for admission the following September. Applications for a Year 7 bursary must be received by 31 October, (please note this deadline has now passed for Sept 2020 entry and we are not taking any further Y7 bursary applications) all other applications for these year groups need to be submitted by 30 November prior to the year of entry.

For September 2020 entry, the main entrance exam has already taken place, although we accept late applications throughout the year subject to places being available.

There is no deadline for Year 12 applications but we advise early application to ensure we can accommodate chosen subject combinations.

To apply, please complete our online application form. There is a non-refundable application fee of £75.

How is my child assessed?

Nursery to Year 2 assessments are quite informal as these children are still very young. For entrants to Year 1 and Year 2, we are continuing to look at children’s  potential and readiness to learn. We may also ask these entrants to do some reading and number work while they are here.

Junior School assessments comprise of written tests in numeracy, literacy and a multiple choice non-verbal reasoning paper. The children will spend some of the day in a current class to allow them to get a feel for the school. This child-friendly environment gives them the opportunity to make new friends, play out and work in a less pressured environment.

The Year 7 (11+) entrance exam is our most popular entry point and we often receive over 200 applications. A whole school day is put aside for the Year 7 entrance exam in January and most children really enjoy the experience. Examinations are taken in maths, English comprehension and English writing and sample papers can be found here. A short interview is held on a separate day.

Entry to Years 8-9 consist of similar examinations with increasing difficulty. A sample Year 9 entrance exam paper can be found here. Candidates also have interviews in modern foreign languages and science as well as with the Head of Year.

Year 10 candidates usually have skills based interviews in the core subjects as well as an interview with the Head of Year. Written papers may be requested in certain circumstances e.g. for overseas students.

Year 12 (Sixth Form) entrance is by interview and predicted GCSE grades, which must then be achieved in the summer.

In all cases, a confidential report is requested from the applicants school or nursery, which along with the assessment results and interview form the basis of our decision.

For further information please see our admissions policy.


Or, if you prefer to chat with someone please call our admissions team on 0113 229 1552