Senior School Assessment


Through our Entrance Assessment process, we aim to provide all candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate their potential, regardless of their background.


Cheadle Hulme School is an academically selective school but also strongly believes in the importance of an all-round education, underpinned by a strong set of Waconian Values. As well as success in our Entrance Exam we look for future pupils who we feel will be able to contribute across our broad curriculum and demonstrate a commitment to our values, both in and outside of the classroom.

All registered candidates for our Senior School will be invited to attend an Entrance Exam Morning or Afternoon during which they will complete an online assessment in Mathematics, English, Non-Verbal and Verbal reasoning.

On the Entrance Exam day, they will also take part in a ‘lesson’ which will provide each child with a taste of life at CHS, whilst enabling us to get to know them better in a lesson environment.

Shortly after the Senior Entrance Assessment, we invite for interview those children whose performance in the Entrance Assessment suggests that they have the potential to succeed in our Senior School. The interviews are an opportunity for us to find out more about each child’s character, passions and interests, and to explore whether  they can integrate well into our dynamic School community. They are also a chance for the candidate and their family to ask us questions in an informal setting about life at CHS. Finally, we also request references from the applicant’s Junior School. Comments about character and work ethic of the individual are an important part of our selection process.

Invitation to interview is not an offer of a place at the School, and offers are only made after the conclusion of the interview stage of the assessment process.

Our Entrance Assessment will take place on Monday 17th January 2022.

Senior School Assessment FAQs

We feel our new Admissions assessment process better reflects our commitment to an all-round educational experience and our Waconian Values. The online tests will provide us with a fair and robust method of identifying academic potential and reduce the reliance on relentless preparation of English and Maths tests. The interviews are an important element of the process and enable us to find out a little more about a candidate’s passions and interests and their suitability for CHS.

The Entrance Exam for entry into Year 7 in September 2022 will take place on Monday 17th January 2022. Candidates will be invited to attend a morning or afternoon session.

As well as sitting the online exams, candidates will also take part in a ‘lesson’ which will provide them with a taste of life at CHS, whilst enabling us to get to know them better in a lesson environment.

CHS teaching staff will invigilate the exams.

The CEM 11+ exam is about testing a child’s natural aptitude and we emphasise the importance of a well-rounded education. Developing mathematical skills, reading widely and building vocabulary are all key ways of helping your child to prepare for our assessment process.

We will make all required  provisions for candidates with additional learning needs that we have been informed about. All eligible candidates will be given additional time and their assessments will be invigilated by a member of our Learning Support Team.

Standardised familiarisation materials are available here 

The purpose of the familiarisation is to prevent undue anxiety for candidates sitting the assessments by helping them to understand the procedures involved, introduce them to the look and feel of the assessments and the ways of answering questions using the keyboard and/or mouse. 

In order to maintain the fairness of assessments CEM does not provide any commercially available practice materials (including practice or past papers), nor do they endorse any commercially available resources or tuition services. Instead, CEM recommends that families use the standardised familiarisation materials. The assessment will include questions measuring verbal ability (vocabulary, grammar and comprehension), numerical ability (arithmetic and problem solving) and non-verbal ability.

We believe the marking of creative writing can be problematic, with a certain subjective element. We prefer children of this age to experiment with writing creatively without the pressure of assessment.

Within each timed section candidates can go back and review answers if they have time remaining at the end. Candidates will not be able to go back and amend answers once the assessment has moved on to the next section.

Candidates are not allowed to use a calculator. Paper and pencils will be available to assist with working (e.g. in the numeracy section) however only answers entered on the computer will be marked.