Normal entry is in September at 11+, 12+ or 13+, as a result of the ISEB Common Pre-test or through Benenden's own Entrance or Scholarship examinations. In addition, there is also a small 14+ and 16+ competitive entry into Year 10 and the Sixth Form.
A. 11+ Candidates (Year 7 entry)
Your daughter is registered by you and placed on our provisional list by the end of UK Year 5. We recommend registration at least two years in advance of entry.
After registration, the 11+ assessment has three stages:
1. Preview Weekend – 11+
The first stage is Preview Weekend which provides your daughter with a residential visit to the school. For 11+ 2023 entry this will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2022.
Preview Weekend gives your daughter the chance to show us her abilities and interests in both academic and other areas during a themed programme of activities. It also gives her the opportunity to enjoy a taste of Benenden boarding, to meet some of the pupils already part of life at the school and to enjoy a lively weekend of fun and interaction.
All candidates will undertake assessment activities, which will include English and Maths tasks, undertake an informal interview with a Benenden staff member and in advance we will have requested a confidential report from her current school which will include latest test data. The weekend, held each year in the Autumn Term, is not part of the visiting process and is intended only for confirmed candidates. After Preview Weekend, we will contact you with feedback about your daughter’s assessment and stay at Benenden, and with an indication as to whether we feel it is likely she will reach the standard we require for entry to the school. We would plan to make conditional offers at this stage.
2. Examination for Entry – ISEB Common Pre-test
To help with the demands placed on pupils in terms of testing for several different schools, we have adopted the ISEB Common Pre-test for 11+ entry. We will therefore be in contact with candidates’ current schools to request that 11+ applicants for Benenden have taken the ISEB Common Pre-test during the Autumn Term, after they come to Preview Weekend, and by 30 November. Candidates will need to make arrangements to sit this test at their current school, a recognised test centre in the UK or overseas, eg local British Council Office, between 1 October and 30 November. The Admissions department at Benenden will provide the ISEB Common Pre-test access codes to enable your daughter to sit the test and results will automatically be sent to us.
Following the two stages of the 11+ assessment, firm offers of places will be made in December 2022. Firm offers are made on the basis of performance in the ISEB Common Pre-test, reference, interview and activities during Preview Weekend.
All 11+ 2023 places must be accepted, and a deposit paid, by the first Monday in March.
3.11+ Academic Scholarship Examinations
Following the 11+ entry assessment process, 11+ Academic Scholarships will be awarded to the highest achievers, taking into account the whole admissions process.
B. 13+ and 12+ Candidates
Your daughter is registered by you and placed on our provisional list by the end of UK Year 5. We recommend registration at least four years in advance of entry.
2. Preview Weekends, Examination for Entry and Formal Offers
To bring the timeline for Benenden’s admissions procedure at 13+ closer to that of some other senior schools, we now assess 13+ candidates three years in advance of entry, while in Year 6.
We believe this change is necessary so that parents of girls seeking at place at Benenden at 13+ are in a position to make decisions at an earlier stage and at more or less the same time as they may receive offers from other senior schools being considered.
To help with the demands placed on girls in terms of testing for several different schools, we have adopted the ISEB Common Pre-test for 13+ entry. We will therefore be in contact with candidates’ Prep Schools to request that 13+ applicants for Benenden have taken the ISEB Common Pre-test before they come to Preview Weekend, our overnight stay and assessment weekend. The 13+ Preview weekend will take place in May each year. Offers of places will therefore be made before the end of Year 6.
The 12+ admissions process takes place alongside the 13+ process. Candidates can be considered for either point of entry. As 12+ places are fewer in number, it may be that the School cannot offer these immediately and offers may be made as spaces become available.
C. Candidates for Year 10 and the Sixth Form
Benenden has a small competitive entry each year into the Fifth Form (Year 10) and the Sixth Form. Offers are made on the results of competitive examinations, an interview and satisfactory school report. For Sixth Form entry, you should follow the standard registration procedures, as above.
The assessment for Sixth Form entry for 2023 entry takes place on Friday 11 November 2022. We ask candidates to choose two academic subjects in which they would like to sit the exams – usually two that they plan to study for A Level. At Benenden Sixth Form entry is highly competitive, so candidates should choose their strongest subjects.
Candidates need to be registered with the School by 1 August. We then will be in touch to make the assessment arrangements. Candidates can come to Benenden to sit their Entrance papers on Friday 11 November 2022. However, the papers can be taken elsewhere on the same date – either in the candidate’s current school (if they will allow) or at a local testing centre. We will ask parents to make these arrangements and we will supply the exam papers to the testing centre. We will also request a confidential reference from the candidate’s current school, including predicted GCSE grades, and arrange to interview her (either in person or via Skype).
The assessment for our 14+ entry for 2023 entry also takes place on Friday 11 November 2022. Candidates will sit entrance exams in English and Maths. Examples of past papers can be found on our website.
Candidates need to be registered with the school by 1 August. We then will be in touch to make the assessment arrangements. Candidates can come to Benenden to sit their Entrance papers on Friday 12 November 2021. But the papers can be taken elsewhere on the same date – either in the candidate’s current school (if they will allow) or at a local testing centre. We will ask you to make these arrangements and we will supply the exam papers. We will also request a confidential reference from your daughter’s current school and arrange to interview her (either in person or via Skype).
Deadline for applications to be received for entry in to the Sixth Form and Fifth Form (Year 10) is 1 August in the preceding year of entry.
To find out more about Benenden's Admissions procedures, to arrange a visit, or to request a prospectus pack, please contact:
Registry, Benenden School, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4AA Telephone: 01580 240592 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of recent Lower School Entrance and Scholarship papers
Examples of recent 13+ Scholarship papers
Examples of recent 14+ Entrance papers