St Paul’s Preparatory School and St Paul’s School

Overview of St Paul’s Preparatory School and 11 Plus information

Children sit the 11 Plus entry to St Paul’s preparatory school and then when they are 13 they naturally move into St Paul’s senior school.

Address: St Paul’s Preparatory School – Colet Court, Lonsdale Road, London, SW13 9JT



Boys – Yes

Girls – No

School Size – c. 400 – 450

St Paul’s Preparatory School – Colet Court Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

St Paul’s Preparatory School – Colet Court 11 Plus Exam – Independent Schools Examination Board online pre-test in English, mathematics and verbal and non-verbal reasoning. If successful further tests will follow in English and mathematics


St Paul’s Preparatory School – Colet Court – Overview

St Paul’s School was founded in 1509 by John Colet, the Dean of St Paul’s, who entrusted his estate to the Mercers’ Company for the school’s endowment. Colet Court, the preparatory school of St Paul’s School was founded in 1881.  Both schools have strong links with the Worshipful Company of Mercers, which provides half of the governors on the governing body of both schools.  Colet Court shares the 45-acre site by the Thames in Barnes with St Paul’s, and benefits from sharing many amenities.  Redevelopment of the school buildings has taken place in recent years.  The Colet Court committee advises the full governing body that retains responsibility for oversight on matters concerning Colet Court.

Colet Court seeks to create a sense of community within a friendly, caring environment in which pupils can feel happy and confident, and where staff and pupils enjoy working with each other. If seeks to place emphasis on the development of each pupil’s talents and interests, and on encouragement for him to do his best at all times.  A rounded education is sought in which academic, physical, creative, social, moral and spiritual elements are seen as important constituents.  Central to the school’s aims is the provision of high quality teaching and interesting, varied lessons in which pupils are encouraged to think creatively and critically.

The school provides education for boys aged between 7 and 13. Pupils come from across London.  The average ability of the pupils is well above the national average, with two-thirds of pupils having well above average ability.  A small minority of pupils come from backgrounds where another language is spike at home in addition to English.

For help understanding how to prepare for Independent School 11 Plus Exams go to our relevant page