Entry Procedure

11+ (2022)

For admission to S1 (Y7) at Birkdale Senior School, your son will firstly need to be registered as a prospective pupil. Entry to the Senior School is academically selective and all applicants are required to sit our 11+ Entrance Test when they are in Y6. A Registration Form should be completed and submitted with a photocopy of your son’s birth certificate. A £50 registration fee is payable and details of how to pay can be found on the form. The closing date for registering to sit the main 11+ Entrance Test to join S1 (Y7) in September 2022 is Friday 3 December 2021.

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The 11+ Entrance Test for admission to Birkdale Senior School in September 2022 will be held on Wednesday 12 January 2022. For entry in 2022 and beyond we will be using the Common Pre-Tests, which are online, adaptive tests provided by the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB).

The tests are in a multiple-choice format and take approximately two-and-a-half hours in total to complete.  We will run the tests at Birkdale over the course of the day, interspersed with breaks and other activities.  Further information about the tests can be found on the ISEB website https://www.iseb.co.uk/Parents/Common-Pre-Tests

The outcome of the 11+ Entrance Test will be initially communicated to parents by email by Friday 21 January 2022. This will be followed by a letter which will be sent shortly after the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be made to all those who have met the academic standard for entry.

Late registrations received after the 11+ Entrance Test will be placed on a waiting list and will be invited to be assessed for entry if places are still available once the original deadline (in March 2022) for acceptance of places offered has passed. It is not possible for pupils registered late to be considered for any of the 11+ Scholarships and consideration for means-tested bursary funding is unlikely to be possible.

Summary of key dates for 2022 entry


Friday 3 December 2021 Closing date for 11+ Entrance Test, Scholarship/Bursary applications
Wednesday 12 January 2022 11+ Entrance Test
Monday 24 January 2022 11+ Sports Scholarship assessment
Wednesday 26 January 2022 11+ Music Scholarship assessment
Friday 28 January 2021 11+ Academic Scholarship examination
w/c Monday 21 February 2022 Letters sent confirming places and scholarship/bursary awards
June/July 2022 S1 Induction day – date TBC
Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 August 2022 S1 Activity days



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