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Bishop Wordsworths School

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About the School

Bishop Wordsworth’s School was founded in 1890 by John Wordsworth, Bishop of Salisbury. When he established the school his intention was that it should be a centre for education right at the very heart of Salisbury, in what is probably the most beautiful Cathedral Close in Europe.

When the school was founded it had just 40 boys. Now there are over 1100 students , with girls as well as boys in a large, thriving Sixth Form. Students attend the school from a very wide geographical area, drawn by the prospect of high quality teaching, individual mentoring and pastoral support, a superb learning environment and an astonishing array of opportunities beyond lessons.

Bishop Wordsworth’s School provides a regional centre of excellence - for academic endeavour, for music, for sport, for the arts and for adventurous activities - for young people to study the subjects that they love, follow the interests that they have and discover new enthusiasms too. Diversity and quality are common currencies at Bishop Wordsworth’s School.

The school has remained true to its founder’s traditions by following three basic aims:

To encourage all pupils to develop their potential to the full by setting themselves the highest standards of excellence and achievement;
To develop in all our pupils the integrity and the means to face confidently the challenges of a fast-changing world;
To inspire all our pupils to lead happy, purposeful and responsible lives.

Academic standards are very high and are duly recognized as such by OfSTED, DfE and the media, but excellence permeates all other areas of school life.

School Sport is exceptionally strong, and the traditions in Music and Performing Arts are impressive. The school is characterised by a culture of challenging every student to do their best while, at the same time, offering them the support that they need to do really well. Older students take leadership responsibilities and operate as role models and mentors for those in lower years. The school places great importance on delivering an all-round education for all of the boys and girls.

Bishop Wordsworth’s School enjoys an incomparable environment in the shadow of the highest cathedral spire in England, and many major school events take place in the Cathedral during the school year. Facilities for learning and teaching are already excellent, and further development of the school site continues.

Every year the vast majority of Year 13 students leave Bishop Wordsworth’s School to join courses at the most competitive universities in the UK and across the World. Alumni become prominent in their fields - scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, sportsmen and women, artists, musicians, authors, linguists, clerics, soldiers and academics.

Bishop Wordsworth’s School is a place where you can focus on your academic studies at a high level, have a lot of fun with like-minded people while you do so and develop your own capacity for leadership.

Year 7 11+ Exam Content

CEM 11+ Verbal Reasoning (English-based), CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, CEM 11+ Numerical Reasoning (Maths)

How to prepare for the 11+ in 

Bishop Wordsworths School

The exam is written by CEM 11+ so practice in English and maths questions will be essential. While starting preparation early is recommended even now additional preparation will be beneficial for your child. 11+ practice books can be found here.



School Type:-

Mixed Grammar

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Traditionally there are 3+ applicants for every place.

Exam Format

CEM 11+


Bishop Wordsworth’s School, 11 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB

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