St Columba’s College, St Albans | 11+, Year 7 Entry » Key Details

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Founded in 1939, St Columba’s College is an independent day school in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It was originally an all-boys school, moving to co-education in recent years. Centred on a Roman Catholic ethos, the school educates in line with the motto Cor ad Cor Loquitur (Heart speaketh to heart). [1]


The curriculum in the Senior School is aimed at maximising pupils’ span of skills and knowledge, providing for their inquisitiveness through a structured programme of engaging and inspirational lessons. Featuring computer science, DT, STEM, physical education, music and many other options, the syllabus ensures that the cohort is firmly supported as they move on to further education.


Their sporting, artistic and cultural potential is further developed through a rich timetable of extras. Whether it be drama, chess, Duke of Edinburgh Award or Combined Cadet Force, the activities on offer allow children to grow in strong awareness of their own abilities and maximise their self-esteem in the process. [2]


Pastorally, the school caters for students in a comprehensive manner, enhancing their emotional intelligence within a tight-knit community where individual needs are a priority. The programme covers a range of areas vital to the cohort’s welfare, including mental health, careers, relationships and the use of modern technology, with particular emphasis on social media. [3]


11 Plus (11+) Admissions | St Columba’s College, St Albans


St Columba’s welcomes families on campus during Open Morning, held in October, or during private tours, scheduled with the admissions team on a mutually convenient date. Both events will allow you to explore facilities and meet members of staff, including the Head.


If the school is a good fit, you may wish to proceed with the admissions process. In the following stage, you will be asked to complete an application form and submit it with a copy of the latest school report and a non-refundable fee of £100. Please note that, around this time, a confidential reference from your child’s current school will be obtained. The application deadline is in November of the year preceding entry. 


11 Plus (11+) Exam Information | St Columba’s College, St Albans


Address: King Harry Lane, St Albans, AL3 4AW

County: Hertfordshire

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01727 892040

School type: Independent co-ed day school

Open days: October

Exam type / Board: CEM Select


As part of the assessment process for Year 7 entry, your child will be asked to complete the CEM Select assessment. 


The test contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


11 Plus (11+) Exam Format | St Columba’s College, St Albans


The CEM Select assessment will cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with a main focus on one specific question type.


The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


11 Plus (11+) Practice Tests | St Columba’s College, St Albans


Our CEM Select practice tests are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient. 


Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.


Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group. 

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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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