Testing & Aptitude


The Denbigh Aptitude Test applies only to prospective new Year 7 students in the normal admissions round i.e. students in Year 6 seeking entry into Year 7 the following September and is not compulsory. It does not apply to other year groups or to in-year admissions for places in Year 7.

The Governing Body does not believe that it serves the best interests of parents and children for an oversubscribed school to have to turn away prospective pupils with the potential to benefit from Denbigh's style of education. simply because they do not live in the immediate vicinity of the School. Nor do they believe that access for pupils with similar potential to benefit, who live locally, should be unduly restricted. As such, the test is open to all.

Historically the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 allowed every school with a specialism in a prescribed subject to give priority to up to 10% of pupils who could demonstrate an aptitude in the relevant subject. Denbigh School was designated a Specialist Technology School. As such, 10% of places have continued to be available on the basis of the aptitude of the applicants for technology. This has been reaffirmed by the School Admissions Code 2012.

In the case that twin or multiple birth siblings take the test and one sibling is awarded a place by
aptitude, but one twin or multiple birth siblings are not, there is no requirement for the school to go over PAN.  A school would be required to allocate places during the normal round of admission to Year 7 to twins and multiple birth siblings, even if it takes them over PAN, if the last place awarded is given to one of their siblings.

The Test

Denbigh School uses a non-verbal (written) problem-solving test to establish aptitude. The test is not linked directly to National Curriculum subjects but has been designed as a way of assessing a child's potential to reason and think a problem through. Similar practice questions can be found in 11+ booklets, available in all good bookshops. The test is not compulsory for Year 7.

The aptitude test, which will last an hour in total, will take place on:

Saturday 22 September 2018 Morning.

Please find below the link to an application form.


You will not receive an email confirmation, you will receive an acknowledgment message that reads Thanks - Your response has been submitted. If you wish, you can print this off for your records.

The deadline to apply for the aptitude test is 12noon on Thursday 13 September 2018. Applications received after the 12noon deadline will not be accepted and the student will be unable to sit the Aptitude Test for 2019 entry.

We will write to you week commencing 17 September 2018 with further details of the test and sample test questions.


Tests will be marked once it has taken place and you will receive written confirmation of the result by Monday 22 October 2018. No results can be given over the telephone. There are 26 places available for candidates who complete the Aptitude Test. You will be notified if your son or daughter is in the top 26, or if their score was outside the top 26. This will help guide you as to the chance of gaining a place inside the top 26, should others pull out. We are unable to guarantee the likelihood of places in the top 26 becoming available.

The results letter is not a formal offer of a place at Denbigh School. If you have been notified as being in the top 26, you should put Denbigh School as a preference when applying through the Local Authority.

For any queries, please email: admissions@denbigh.net




















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