Bancroft’s School – About

Bancroft’s School is a co-ed independent school in Woodford Green. The school consists of around 1,000 pupils, of which 200 are pupils of the Preparatory School and 800 are pupils of the Senior School. The school strives to provide a positive learning atmosphere that allows each child to flourish and succeed using the range of different opportunities provided by the school. Bancroft’s School also allows pupils to challenge themselves in their learning by taking part in a friendly and safe school environment.

Bancroft's School Birds eye view

Bancroft’s School – Essential Information

Address: 611-6127 High Road, Woodford, Woodford Green IG8 0RF

Senior school phone number: 020 8505 4821

Admissions phone number: 020 8506 6761

Students admitted at 11+: Around 60 students

Admissions email:

Fees: £6,916 per term, £20,748 per year (Senior School)

Link to website:


Bancroft’s School was founded in 1737, following the 1728 death of Francis Bancroft. The school began in Mile End in the East End of London, where it was a small charitable boy’s school. In 1884, the school moved to its new site at Woodford Green, and its old site now forms part of Queen Mary, University of London.

The current school location in Woodford Green is four and a half acres and, after a major building programme in 2004, now consists of new kitchens, a new Sixth Form Centre, a new sports hall, and a modern Drama Centre


GCSEs in 2019

Percentage of grades
Grades 8-9 Around 20%
Grades 7-9 83.8%
Grades 5-9 99.1%

A Levels in 2019

Percentage of Grades
Grades A*-A 65.8%
Grades A*-B 85.2%


The school has an 11+ entrance examination, using their own internal examination type. However, the exams are usually in a similar style to private schools entrance examinations, which you can see in more detail below.

Private schools
Format Mostly Standard
Layout Whole paper
Separate Answer Sheet Mostly No
Creative writing Yes
Timing Usually 60 mins per paper

Bancroft’s School – Entrance exam

The school entrance exams consist of three main parts:

  • A CEM-style online reasoning test – non-verbal and verbal reasoning
  • A Maths paper
  • An English paper

CEM-style practice papers can be found by clicking on the desired images below:

Bancroft's School Practice Exam                                               Bancroft's School Practice Exam Paid

Papers for practice:


2018 Mathematics Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2018 Mathematics Sample Paper with Mark Scheme

2021 Mathematics Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2021 Mathematics Sample Paper with Mark Scheme

2022 Mathematics Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2022 Mathematics Sample Paper with Mark Scheme


2016 English Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2016 English Sample Paper with Mark Scheme