St Joseph’s College, Reading // 11+, Year 7 Entry » Key Details

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St Joseph’s College is a co-ed independent day school in Reading, Berkshire. Founded in 1894, it is a member of the Society of Heads and a one-time recipient of the TES Independent School of the Year award. [1]


The curriculum in the Senior Department broadly reflects the school’s aims to provide all-round education. A rich selection of disciplines, such as Latin, MFL, science, humanities, music and ICT, are included in the educational provision, boosting pupils’ capacity for critical thought and intellectual independence. 


Drama, sporting and STEM activities, taking place beyond the classroom, add up to the wealth of educational opportunities at St Joseph’s. On a regular basis, students enthusiastically engage in Duke of Edinburgh Award pursuits, maximising their abilities in parallel with their personal and social growth. [2]


Pastorally, St Joseph’s provides extensive care, catering for individual needs in the course of its efforts to facilitate pupils’ happiness. PSHEE lessons actively address issues relating to wellbeing, enabling children’s access to resources that foster their mental health. [3]


11 Plus (11+) Admissions Process at St Joseph’s College, Reading


Prospective families are advised to attend Open Mornings as part of the admissions process. These take place throughout the year, offering your child the rare opportunity to experience life on campus through guided tours and informal meetings with key staff members. Details on how to book are available on this page.


Following the visit, you may wish to register your child with the school. Please note that the registration form should be submitted with a non-refundable fee of £50. Upon submission, your child will be invited to the school to attend a taster session.


Entry into Year 7 is based on your child’s performance in competitive examinations. If they are offered a place, you will be asked to secure it with a payment of a £500 deposit. 


11 Plus (11+) Exam Information for St Joseph’s College, Reading


Address: Upper Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5JT

County: Berkshire

Admissions info: [email protected] or 0118 966 1000

School type: Independent co-ed day school

Open days: Throughout the year

Exam type / Board: School’s own & 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 at St Joseph’s College, Reading


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.


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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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