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Dame Alice Owen's School

Dame Alice Owen's School

Dame Alice Owen’s School (DAOS) is an academically successful co-educational secondary institution located in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1613. Recognized as one of the oldest schools in the country, DAOS holds academy status and has consistently demonstrated excellence in education.

DAOS stands out as a top-performing school nationally, achieving impressive academic results. Many of its graduates go on to pursue higher education at prestigious institutions such as Oxford University or Cambridge University.

County / Area:
A co-educational institution with partial selectivity

Due to consistently high demand for available spots, Dame Alice Owen’s  School employs  following criteria for oversubscription.

  1. Looked After or previously Looked After children

  2. Children whose permanent home address is in closest proximity to the school on the application date

  3. Children with a sibling currently enrolled in the school at the application date

  4. Children displaying musical aptitude (with a limit of 10 places)

  5. Up to 65 children chosen based on academic ability

  6. Children whose parent is a staff member at the school

  7. Children whose permanent home address is nearest to the school.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
4+ applicants for every place
Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
Paper 1 : GL (Verbal Reasoning)
Paper 2: English
Paper 3 : Maths

The 11 Plus test for Dame Alice Owen’s, administered by GL, comprises two segments with a total of three papers. 

The initial phase involves Paper 1, a 50-minute verbal reasoning exam consisting of 80 multiple-choice questions categorized into sections. Instructions for each section are provided at the outset.

Following this, the top 325 students from Part 1 are selected to proceed to Papers 2 and 3. 

Paper 2 is a 60-minute English exam, comprising a 40-minute comprehension section followed by a 20-minute writing section. Paper 3, also lasting 60 minutes, is a Mathematics exam featuring 50 free-response questions.

Exam Date:
Registration Starts:
Registration Closes:
September 2024
July 2024

The Verbal Reasoning Test results will undergo age standardization, and candidates will be organized in a rank order, where the top position (rank 1) corresponds to the highest score.

The outcomes of the English and Mathematics papers will undergo age standardization and will be amalgamated with the results from the Verbal Reasoning paper to generate a comprehensive combined mark.

Candidates will be arranged in the sequence of their total combined marks, with the top position (rank 1) corresponding to the highest combined mark. Subsequently, placements will be extended in rank order. In the event that two or more candidates achieve identical total combined marks, priority will be given to the Verbal Reasoning mark, followed by the English mark, and then the Mathematics mark.

How to prepare:

We run specialist 11+ online courses focussing on the GL Assessment (Verbal Reasoning), English and Mathematics.  The sessions are online and highly interactive.  Speak to us about how we can help your child.

Mock Exams: Our mock exams are designed to reflect the real exam in complexity and format.  Click here to view the mock exam schedule.

Practice Papers: Practice packs designed to help your child master the entire syllabus.

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