St Martin's School

An independent, co-educational preparatory school.

11+ Preparation

11+ to the right of school list (3)-min

Preparing your child for their secondary school (both grammar and independent schools) is a core part of our work at St Martin’s School. We offer impartial advice as to which school would fit your child, taking into consideration their attributes and ambitions. We will develop a clear plan with you and your child in order to ensure they are confident sitting exams and preparing for interview.


We aim to prepare the children for these exams by offering them an accelerated learning programme in which we aim to have taught all objectives in KS1 and KS2 by the end of Year 5 while the focus in Year 6 is extending knowledge into KS3 targets as well as honing exam technique. This gives children the confidence and clarity to tackle any test or exam, including the 11+. In addition, the enriched and demanding Curriculum gives them much to discuss.

Our Preparation Programme

We prepare the children for 11+ examinations by building on the vocabulary and key skills the children begin learning 11+ to the right of school list (2)-minfrom Nursey. We ensure that they have significant practice in Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning beyond the programme of study we have already delivered. We have put English at the heart of the children’s learning and have carefully selected a variety of core texts around which the learning takes place.

We have an abundance of experience in preparing pupils for entry at all independent senior schools and have a deep knowledge of the content and layout of the variety of tests used by individual schools.

Our Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

At St. Martin’s, we have a unique approach to critical thinking, Non-Verbal and Verbal Reasoning. We don’t simply provide practice in these skills but systematically teach the art of understanding and completing them from Form 1 onwards. This results in the ability to recognise patterns between numbers and letters, and shapes, as well as building a large pool of higher level vocabulary. Skills progression begins with a practical, play-based approach and ends with extended testing and review.  By Form 5, the children are thoroughly prepared for both Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests at 11+ level.

Interview Practice

The Head Teacher and an outside consultant conduct ‘mock’ interviews with the children to ensure that they are completely prepared and are able to answer any question in a mature, thoughtful and confident way.

Our pupils receive offers at their choice of secondary school in the vast majority of cases.  We are very proud of our record of scholarship offers.

11+ Examination Results – Leavers July 2020

Congratulations to Form 6. We are delighted to announce another year of outstanding results. Well done to you all!

SchoolApplicantsInterviews offerredPlaces OfferredScholarship
Grammar Schools
Latymer Grammar School1n/a1n/a
Henrietta Barnett1n/a1n/a
QE Boys3n/a1n/a
Independent Schools
City of London222
North London Collegaite School332
South Hampstead221
Haberdasher Aske’s School for Boys221Acadmic Scholarship offered
Haberdasher Aske’s School for Girls322
Merchant Taylor’s School333Acadmic Scholarship offered
Highgate School111
Channing School111
Aldenham School443
St Margaret’s School111
St Alban’s School222
Mount House221