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11+ Entrance Assessment for 2024/25 Portsmouth Havant Fareham

Independent Schools in Portsmouth, Fareham & Havant

Greetings, parents! In the Portsmouth area, you’ll find a variety of independent schools, each offering its own unique blend of educational ethos and environment, ranging from the grand to the intimate, and spanning a spectrum of academic rigour. We take great pleasure in assisting children with their preparation for the 11+ common entrance assessments, recognising the significance of this milestone. Additionally, we recognise the importance of ensuring everyone is well-informed regarding relevant dates and schedules. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on that front.


Academic Scholarships may be awarded to the top achievers based on the results of the school’s 11+ assessment. The criteria for this will vary from school to school, so you must apply directly to them.

Additionally, some schools offer scholarships for excellence in Art, Drama, Music, and Sport at 11+, 13+, and Sixth Form. These need to be applied for, and applications are usually submitted by the end of November preceding the September of entry. You can apply for more than one scholarship.LovingIt

Financial Assistance

Some schools may offer financial assistance (means tested on income and exam performance) for Year 7 and Year 9 entry, and the deadline for applying is normally the end of November prior to the year of entry. Often, financial assistance is allocated first and foremost based on the child’s exceptional performance in the Entrance Assessments; the financial information you provide is then considered.

N.B. Please note that advice given here may vary between individual schools. It is important that you get in touch with individual schools to find out their exact criteria for entry requirements, scholarships, and financial assistance.

Common Entrance Assessment or 11+

This exam is so called as it is taken at the age of 11 years at the beginning of secondary education. Not all independent schools are selective, but almost all schools will want students to take an entrance assessment exam of some kind.

The entrance exams always cover maths and English to a high level. Children are also usually tested on their verbal and nonverbal reasoning. These tests are designed to be more difficult to prepare for as they are not school subjects. Verbal reasoning is concerned with language and word problems, while non-verbal reasoning includes logic, shape, and number patterns.

The 11+ Assessments typically consist of the following: Maths (50 mins); English (45 mins); Reading Comprehension (30 mins); Non-verbal Reasoning (30 mins); plus an Interview (20 mins).

Full Bursary

Student“We are so pleased that Mahera has got a FULL BURSARY for the local girl’s high school in Portsmouth. She has been to your centre before for tuition but we came back in November so she could get ready for the exams. She has worked so hard and Linda has really encouraged her in her writing! Thanks so much!”

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Portsmouth High School for Girls
Music, Art, Drama & Sport Scholarship Day
Monday 6th January 2025
11+ Assessment Day
Tuesday 7th January 2025

Portsmouth Grammar School

11+ and 13+ Entrance Assessment

Saturday 9th November 2024

11+ entrance interviews

Mayville High School
All Candidates Sit Exam
January 2025
The Gregg School
Open Day
Saturday 22 June, 2024  10:00 – 13:00
11+ Entrance Assessment
January 2025

Meoncross School

Open Week:  September
Open Morning November

Boundary Oak School

Assessment can be booked all year

Are you considering entering your child for an independent school?  Book a Free Assessment today!


If your child is currently in Year 5, then NOW is the time to start preparing for the entrance assessment exam in January.

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During your child’s free forty-five-minute assessment we will:

  • Test your child’s reading age, spelling age and maths ability.
  • Give you honest feedback on your child’s ability to pass the entrance exams for each school.
  • Discuss our previous experience preparing students for entrance exams for local independent schools.
  • Give you a breakdown of the topics your child needs to cover to prepare for the entrance exam.
  • Explain our materials and teaching methods to you.
  • Give you the chance to ask any questions and to tap into our expertise.


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Free 11+ Assessment Days

Looking For Expert Help for 11+ and Common Entrance?

Friday the 23rd June (Portsmouth) Wednesday 21st June (Fareham)

Find out if your child is suitable for the challenge of 11+ entrance exams!  Are you thinking about entering your child for entrance assessment for local independent school such as:

  • Boundary Oak School11+ exam
  • Mayville High School
  • Meoncross School
  • Portsmouth High School GDST
  • Stroud School
  • The Gregg School
  • The Portsmouth Grammar School
  • Twyford School

The standard of literacy and numeracy for these assessments can be high.  If your child is strong in one or both areas you may want to find out which areas need attention.

Book a place on our excellent Summer School or Booster Lessons for 11+ preparation.

Each booking is 45mins long, and we will look at numeracy, literacy, verbal and non-verbal reasoning.  We will give you free advice about your child’s readiness and learning needs.

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Wow 100% Pass Rate for 11+Exams!

11+ Entrance Exam Success

Well done to all our 11+ and common entrance exam students for passing their tests.  All  students, who attended our sessions regularly, passed their 11+ exams in at least one of the schools they applied for.  They included; Christ’s Hospital, St Catherine’s, Badminton, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, PGS and PHS.  One of our students even got a full boarding scholarship, including all music tuition and exams paid in full!

Over the years we have had a lot of success, but this is definitely the best year ever.  In order to celebrate we invited them all to Playzone on us!  Quite a few were able to make it and really love the event.  One mum said “Once again thanks you and Linda for organising this evenings party, the children had an amazing time and it was such a special treat to celebrate the end of the ordeal from the past few months!

It was really fun to celebrate together and we hope we can do it again soon.

Double Success in Common Entrance Assessment!

Common Entrance Assessment

Common Entrance 11+Success
Amazing progress

Some schools have a common entrance assessment for entry to senior school.  Twins, Tom and Sophie came to I Love to Learn as their parents were told that they were below expected level for their year.  This would put them in danger of not being able to progress to the senior school of their choice.  After only 9 months, they have caught up and surpassed the expected level for English Comprehension and maths.

Both of them loved coming to the centre and looked forward to their session each week.  They have massively grown in confidence and they love their improved performance in class tests (they are both very competitive)!

Malcolm (their dad) said, “Great communication and feedback was key, and we loved the guidance of how to continue to make progress during the holidays.  We can’t fault it.  We have stopped for a bit as we are moving house, but we will be back in the summer term.”

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Entrance Assessments for local Independent Schools

Here are the 11+ entrance assessment dates for independent schools in Portsmouth 2017.

One of the fastest growing areas of our business is children wanting to prepare for independent school entrance exams.  I thought it might be a good idea to make sure everyone has the dates they need.

The entrance exams always cover maths and English to a high level.  They also usually test something called verbal and non verbal reasoning.  These are designed to be more difficult to prepare for as they are not taught in school.  Verbal reasoning is concerned with language and words problems while non-verbal reasoning looks are logic, shape and number patterns.

Here is a testimonial we received earlier.

“We are so pleased that Mahera has got a FULL BURSARY for the local girl’s high school in Portsmouth.  She has been to your centre before for tuition but we came back in November so she could get ready for the exams.   She has worked so hard and Linda has really encouraged her in her writing!  Thanks so much!”

Portsmouth High School

11+, 12+, 13+ or 14+

Saturday 21st January.

Portsmouth Grammar School

11+ and 13+ Entrance Assessment

Saturday 28th January

Mayville High School

All Candidates Sit Exam

Saturday 14th January

Boys Assessment Day

Wednesday 18th January

Girls Assessment Day

Thursday 19th January

St John’s College

11+ Entrance Assessment

Saturday 21st January

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