Secondary schools, scholarships and 11 plus

With almost fifty years of preparing pupils for secondary schools, our expertise and impartial advice for parents can be helpful. Often no advice is needed by parents and they are encouraged to keep in touch with staff regarding their child’s progress.

Each year we provide a list of school open days and arrange talks from school heads, along with events within school to provide information and advice. We would encourage parents to talk to teachers, tutors, the deputy or head of school, if you would like their opinions or advice on secondary schools. They would be delighted to help. Our aim is to ensure that this is a stress free process for pupils and parents.

In Year 5 we contact all parents for initial thoughts about secondary schools, to help our planning and to aid discussion.


11+ Preparation at Copthill

Copthill has an excellent reputation for preparing pupils, both academically and organisationally for 11+ examinations.

The 11+ is a very specific entry test and whilst we will always prepare and support pupils in achieving this goal, it is even more important that pupils have the innate academic ability and confidence to thrive in the grammar school environment. We initially provide a gradual introduction and familiarisation in verbal and non-verbal reasoning to all pupils in Year 4. Then by the beginning of Year 5, teachers will provide all parents with a detailed summary of how their child is performing in this specific subject, as well as their general academic ability. This information will be vital to help parents make an informed decision about taking the 11+ examination.

When parents have made this decision, their child will continue to have regular specific verbal and non-verbal lessons during Year 5. There are also revision sessions provided at regular intervals throughout the Summer holidays in preparation for the exam in early September.

Pupils are thoroughly prepared, in a gradual manner, which removes unnecessary stress from the process and ultimately ensures that pupils taking the exam achieve their potential.


The Copthill timetable to secondary school

There are a few short pointers, which may help your thinking about secondary school options. We will publish a list of secondary school open days on our Upper School notice board, but please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss your thoughts.

Suggestion to parents in Years 4 and 5 

Plan to visit secondary schools on Open Days and talk to existing parents.

In Year 5       

Talk to teachers and tutors about these choices and your aims.  Make an appointment to visit your chosen schools and meet the Head.

Give your initial thoughts to your child’s teacher regarding possible schools. When you have decided on a suitable school or short list, register your child.

In Year 6       

Ensure you have completed all the necessary paperwork for your secondary school choices. 

Complete any scholarship / preference forms by deadlines.

Make final choice working towards deadlines.

Await the happy news!


School 2017 2016 2015

place offered

final destination place offered final destination

place offered

final destination

Bourne Grammar 9 7 14 6 21 11
The Kings School 4 (1A) (1M) 4 2 1 6 6
Kirkstone House - - 2 1 2 1

Oakham School

1 1 8 (3M) 6 3 2

Oundle School

3 (2A) 2 1 1 2 (1A) -
Stamford Endowed Schools 16 (2A) 16 24 (3A) (2M) (3S) 18 18 (6A) (3M) (1S)


The Peterborough School 1 (1S) 1 1 (1A) (1M) - 2 1
Other Independent schools 1 1 - - - -
Local state schools   3   3   1

A = Academic awards offered

M = Music awards offered

S = Sports scholarships