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Benenden School 11 Plus Exam Information

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Benenden School Information

Benenden School
Cranbrook Road
TN17 4AA

T   01580 240592


  • Headmistress: Mrs Samantha Price
  • Type: Girls Independent day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: Approx. 542
  • Admissions:   Age 11+, 12+, 13+, 14+, Sixth Form (including boarders))
  • Age: Range 10 to 19
  • ISI Report: Benenden School ISI Report

Benenden School 11 Plus Exam Information

(from school website)

Benenden 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:

Benenden Preview Weekend – 11 Plus

The first stage is Preview Weekend which provides your daughter with a residential visit to the school. For 11+ 2022 entry this will take place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October 2021.

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.

Benenden Examination for Entry – ISEB Common Pre-test

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 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 2021. Firm offers are made on the basis of performance in the ISEB Common Pre-test, reference, interview and activities during Preview Weekend.

All 11+ 2022 places must be accepted, and a deposit paid, by Monday 7 March 2022.

Benenden 11 Plus Academic Scholarship Examinations

Following the 11+ entry assessment, selected candidates will be invited to take the Benenden 11+ Academic Scholarship examinations on Wednesday 19 January 2022. Candidates will sit papers* in English and Mathematics. A further Scholarship interview will also take place.