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Senior School

Students who wish to enter the Senior School at St Dunstan’s College are assessed on the basis of Entrance Assessments, Interview and School Reference from your child’s current Headteacher. Candidates will sit a series of online ISEB assessments relating to English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. In addition, all candidates will experience a taught lesson during which they will complete a short creative writing task.

We interview many more candidates that we have places to give, but this is to gain a full understanding of the potential of the child.

Registration for potential admission at 11+ in September 2019 has now closed.

In Year 7 we also offer Academic, Art, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships to candidates showing exceptional potential. The College is committed to offering as many means-tested places as it possibly can so that families who could not otherwise send their children to an independent school may be able to do so.

In keeping with the School’s family ethos, where possible, priority will be given to siblings of current St Dunstan’s College pupils and to those with a recent family connection with the school.

Visiting the College

In the Michaelmas term (before Christmas), the Senior School hosts two open days for families looking for entry to the Senior School at 11+.

These days run from 0930 to 1130 and are packed with fun activities, interactive displays and performances. The Headmaster also speaks on two occasions during the morning.

Saturday 28 September 2019 0930 - 1130
Saturday 16 November 2019 0930 - 1130

Bookings will open shortly.

11+ Small Group Tour Dates for 2019

The Admissions Team also organises regular small group tours during the Trinity Term, between April and June. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the College with a member of the Admissions Team and a Year 7 pupil before attending a Q&A session with the Headmaster or one of the Senior Leadership Team, over tea and coffee.

Friday 26 April 2019 0900 - 1100
Friday 3 May 2019 0900 - 1100
Thursday 9 May 2019 0900 - 1100
Thursday 16 May 2019 0900 - 1100
Tuesday 21 May 2019 0900 - 1100
Tuesday 4 June 2019 0900 - 1100

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Key Dates

For entry to Year 7 in September 2020, candidates will need to be born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009:

Online registration opens 1 June 2019
Open days 28 September and 16 November 2019
Registration process closes 29 November 2019 (1600)
Bursary application deadline 4 December 2019 (1600)
Entrance assessments 6 January 2020
Sport Scholarship assessment 17 January 2020
Academic Scholarship interviews 18 and 25 January 2020
General interviews Week commencing 20 January 2020
Music Scholarship auditions 18/25 January 2020 (TBC)
Drama Scholarship Workshop 18/25 January 2020 (TBC)
Art Scholarship workshop 18/25 January 2020 (TBC)
Offers letter posted by first class 13 February 2020
Post offer reception Early February 2020
Deadline for acceptance 6 March 2020 (1600)


Year 5 Senior School Experiences

The Senior School organises two Senior School Experience days, when Year 5 pupils and their parents are invited to St Dunstan’s College to experience life here at the College.

Year 5 Classroom Experience - 11 May 2019

The Classroom Experience consists of taster lessons in various subjects followed by a Q & A session with the Deputy Head (Academic) and members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Please note that there are limited spaces to the event. For each child booking, one parent must attend (one parent only). 

Year 5 Co-Curricular Experience - 18 May 2019

The Co-Curricular Experience consists of 4 different taster sessions followed by a Q & A session with the Deputy Head Pastoral and Heads of Co-Curricular Departments.

Please note that there are limited spaces to the event. For each child booking, one parent must attend (one parent only). 

The event is fully booked.

11+ Entrance Examination Preparation Scheme (EPS)

The St Dunstan’s College 11+ Examination Preparation Scheme or EPS is unique in South East London and is open to Year 6 pupils who have registered online to sit our Entrance Exams and have paid the scheme fee.

Places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

The course consists of three Saturday sessions, one session each for English, Mathematics and Reasoning (Verbal and Non-Verbal).  Pupils familiarise themselves with the question styles and level of content that feature in the January entrance assessments for St Dunstan’s College.  Much of the session is spent discussing content and approaches as well as exam techniques with St Dunstan’s College experienced teaching staff. Please note it is not possible to replicate exactly the tests taken in January, but all pupils go through familiarisation tests during the EPS.

Pupils attending the sessions have found them enjoyable, helpful and academically challenging.  Pupils also have the chance to start getting to know other children, staff and the College itself.

The Dates for 2019 are:

Saturday 23 November 2019
Saturday 30 November 2019
Saturday 7 December 2019

Other Entry Points

Occasional places do become available in other year groups of the Senior School, so do contact us if you are considering a change of school, or if you are moving to the area mid-way through the school year. 

Please note that no financial assistance is available for in-year applicants.

If you would like to enquire over the availability of places, please contact Miss Anika Kothari (Head of Admissions) on or by telephone on 020 8516 7226.


St Dunstan’s College offers a number of scholarships at 11+ for excellence in Academic ability (by invitation only), Music, Drama, Art and Sport. Scholarships are either minor (10%) or major (25%).

Scholarships are held for the duration of a student’s time at the College, provided his / her conduct fulfils the expectations as stated in the Conditions of Award. Scholarship awards are reviewed every year by the Awards Committee.


Academic Scholarships recognise and reward academic excellence. It is not possible to apply for an Academic Scholarship as all potential scholars will be selected for interview on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Assessments.

For St Dunstan’s College Junior School pupils going into Year 7 at the Senior School , a recommendation is made from the Head of Junior School to the Headmaster for potential scholarship candidates who should be assessed.


The College offers four Co-Curricular Scholarships at 11+ for recognition of performance and potential in Art, Drama, Music or Sport. Candidates are recommended to apply only for a maximum of 2 Co-Curricular Scholarships and should read all the entry requirements carefully prior to applying.


The Art department looks for young artists who are passionate about the subject, visit galleries and museums regularly and have a high level of creativity. Candidates are also required to bring a small portfolio of their own work made up of no more than five pieces that they believe best illustrates their creative ability.

The style of the assessment itself is currently being reviewed by the Head of Art and more details will be published soon.


Drama Scholar candidates are expected to have been involved in at least three public productions by the time they audition at St Dunstan’s, whether it be as an actor, dancer or technician. Candidates are also expected to be members of a theatrical organisation.

The style of the assessment itself is currently being reviewed by the Head of Drama and more details will be published soon.


Candidates are expected to be actively involved in music at their current school as well as outside school. We welcome applications from students having taken ABRSM or Trinity Board exams as well as Suzuki students. Candidates are required to be at a level akin to at least Grade 4 on their main instrument.

The style of the assessment itself is currently being reviewed by the Director of Music and more details will be published soon.


Candidates are expected to be actively involved in competitive sports across a variety of disciplines both at school and in local clubs. We would expect them to be competing at country level or equivalent.

The style of the assessment itself is currently being reviewed by the Director of Sports and more details will be published soon.


The bursary programme is designed to help as many candidates as possible who meet our academic entry criteria to take up a place at St Dunstan’s. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need, but can extend to full fee remission in cases of proven need. To qualify for consideration for a bursary, the gross family income must be below £55,000 per annum. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly.

Every year, the number of bursary applicants greatly exceeds the amount of funding available. Bursaries are therefore awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Bursaries are only offered to families who are resident in the UK. Please note that the offer of a place to a Bursary Applicant may be conditional upon a home visit.

Please note that applications for a bursary need to be made at the time of registering online for the January entrance assessment. No late applications will be accepted.

(Information correct as of 29 April 2019)

Registration Form

Registration for entry into Year 7 in 2020 will open on 1 June 2019.