Admissions FAQs

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Will there be an open day this year?


We don't yet know if we can provide an open day on site this year. However, we have created a virtual tour which we hope will support families and students as they think about their secondary school preferences. Link to virtual open day Parents who have expressed an interest in attending an event on site will be contacted with more information. Please note that, due to limited capacity, this registration form is now closed.




Will there be a familiarisation session this year?


We are providing three familiarisation sessions this year, over three different days. The registratrion for these sessions has now closed and each date is full. All parents and carers who completed a registration form have received more information. Please check our website where there are lots of practice test papers to download and use at home - all free of charge. We will post new materials here by Monday 21 June 2021. 11+ Familiarisation




How do I register my son for the 11+ tests?


Please complete the 11+ registration form on our website at this link. The deadline for registration is 31 August 2021. Link to registration form If you wish to make a late registration for admission in September 2021 please contact Sarah Nicholson at headteacher@dhsb.org.




When will the 11+ tests take place this year?


We expect the 11+ tests to be held on 18 & 25 September 2021 for admission to Year 7 in September 2022.




What 11+ test papers will my child take?


There are three papers:- English reading (GL Assessment multiple choice) Mathematics (GL Assessment multiple choice) English writing (DHSB paper) Practice papers are available to download free of charge on our website at this link:- 11+ Familiarisation




How does the marking work?


All three test papers will be marked. An average of the two GL Assessment multiple choice papers (Mathematics and English reading) will give your child’s rank. All candidates must also pass the DHSB English writing paper.




When we get the results, what do the A, B, C letters mean?


The A letter means that your child has passed the tests and can apply for a place at the school. The B letter means that your child has passed the tests and can apply for a place at the school. Your child's rank in the tests means that he may be put on the waiting list for a place in Year 7. The C letter means that your child has not qualified in the tests. We are sorry but he cannot be considered for a place at this selective school.




I don't understand the questions on the test paper.


Don’t worry, your child will have prepared at school and will be able to answer the types of questions on the test papers (even if it is a long time since you were at school).




My child is the only one from his school taking the tests.


Don’t worry, lots of children come to the tests on their own.




Do I need a tutor for my child?


It’s not necessary to have a tutor to prepare for the tests. However, you can use the practice papers which are available on our website. Encourage your child to manage his time well during the test. This means leaving any questions and moving on to the next one if he is really stuck. If he has time towards the end of the test then he can go back to try these again. Link to 11+ practice papers




What if my child doesn't pass the test?


Don't worry. It’s important that you choose another school where your child will be happy. The A, B, C letters are sent to you in time for you to make your secondary school choices in October.




My primary school doesn’t have any information about the 11+.


It’s important for you to find out all that you need to know. Contact DHSB - we’re happy to help! sarah.nicholson@dhsb.org 01752 208787




How can my child practice for the test?


You can do some practice tests at home if you like. There are lots of examples of Maths and English papers on our website at this link which you can use free of charge. 11+ Practice Papers




When will my child find out if he has a place at DHSB?


Places are allocated by the local authority and families receive an email or letter on the first working day in March. DHSB will also write to families who have a place that day.




What can we do to prepare our child for the test?


You can use the practice papers which are available on our website. Encourage your child to manage his time well during the test. This means leaving any questions and moving on to the next one if he is really stuck. If he has time towards the end of the test then he can go back to try these again. Link to 11+ practice papers




What do I have to do and when during the admissions process?'


Please attend an open evening (we welcome families whose children are in Year 4 and Year 5). Please note that the open evening in 2021 is by registration only and, due to limited capacity, the registration has now closed. When you child is in Year 5 you should register him for the 11+ tests (the online form is available on our website usually from the start of the Summer term to the end of August). 11+ Registration Form We are providing increased capacity in our familiarisation sessions this year, spread over three dates to ensure social distancing can be maintained. Each session is full and the registration forms have closed. Materials will be available to use from our website - all free of charge to download. Link to familiarisation page The 11+ tests are usually taken on two Saturdays in September, when you child has just gone into Year 6.