Firstly, below you will find links to all London Private Schools 11+ information. You will also find some useful information on London private schools below.

London Private Schools 11+

London is not only the capital of the United Kingdom but also probably seen as an educational hub for UK students and students from all over the world. Many aspire to get into some of the best universities in the world from here and therefore find that a private school education is the best way to prepare for their academic future.

Independent/private schools are spread out over London. These schools are fee paying. Private schools are run by governors and independent of many regulations that apply to state schools. The biggest of these regulations that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.

Private Secondary Schools

Private Secondary schools cater for children between 11 / 13 to 16 and often has a Sixth Form within the school for children 16-18. Many of these private schools are members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).

Independent schools that belong to the ISC are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) according to a framework agreed upon between the various assessment bodies including the DfE and Ofsted. Ofsted subsequently oversees this. All independent schools in England are however registered with the Department of Education. The Secretary of State for Education, therefore, regulate all private schools in England.

The best way to search for school options is to firstly have a look at the schools in your borough and work from there. You can then find the Website and Admissions pages for these schools either through the below links or by going to our various pages like:

Private Secondary School Websites (London)

Admission to Private Secondary School Websites (London)

As each private school also manages their own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and administer some kind of assessment.

For academically selective schools various forms of assessment can be used either at 11+ or 13+. These may include Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and also exams on various other subjects. The best would be to check the Admissions page of your preferred schools.

London boroughs

There are 32 boroughs in the 33 local authority districts in Greater London. The 33rd is the City of London, not technically a borough. These 32 boroughs are as follow:

  • City of London (not a London borough, but local authority district)
  • City of Westminster
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Wandsworth
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney
  • Islington
  • Camden
  • Brent
  • Ealing
  • Hounslow
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Merton
  • Sutton
  • Croydon
  • Bromley
  • Lewisham
  • Greenwich
  • Bexley
  • Havering
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Redbridge
  • Newham
  • Waltham Forest
  • Haringey
  • Enfield
  • Barnet
  • Harrow
  • Hillingdon

Useful Past Paper links:

Private Schools

English Test Examples / Eton Past Papers / London Private School Past Papers – All / 16+ Private Schol Past Papers / GCSE Past Papers

Grammar Schools

11+ Science Papers / Verbal Reasoning

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Private school News
Private schools to open swimming pools to state school pupils

Amid concerns that learners emerge from primary school unable to swim, the government is leading a drive for private schools to open their swimming pools to state school learners.

According to Damian Hinds, the educational secretary, less than half of British children leaving primary school around the age of 11 can swim 25 m. Mr Hinds said that schools will be given a share of a £320 m fund to help with swimming lessons.

Although the Department of Education has not put any measures in place to compel private schools to do this, Mr Hinds if of the opinion that many private schools are already doing this. He went on to say that other independent schools can and must do more to help every child in their community.