Cheadle Hulme School

Cheadle Hulme School (CHS) is a popular all-through co-ed independent school. The school is a popular choice for many of our clients and the school has made significant improvements over the last few years. Under new headship since 2018, we think that Cheadle is a good school that could have it’s best days yet to come. Since 2015, 100% of our students have been successful in gaining admission to CHS after taking the 11+.

If you would like a tutor for the Cheadle Hulme School entrance exam, the best place to start is by making an enquiry on our contact page.

The 11+ entrance exam takes place in January and consists of 3 papers:

1 – Mathematics

The test lasts for 45 minutes and calculators are not allowed.  The questions are designed so as to provide an increasing level of challenge.  As such it is hoped that all candidates will be able to attempt the earlier questions whereas the later questions will allow the brightest candidates to really stretch themselves. Candidates are advised not to rush, but to take their time and to work steadily; they should show what they can do rather than worry about what they cannot do.

All questions will be structured around the following topics:

  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals (including long multiplication and division)
  • Rounding to a given magnitude
  • Using negative numbers in context (e.g. temperature)
  • Extending number sequences
  • Understanding factors, multiples, square numbers and prime numbers
  • Using equivalent fractions
  • Adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions
  • Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Finding a fraction or percentage of a quantity
  • Solving simple problems involving ratio, proportion and scale
  • Interpreting and constructing simple formulae involving one or two operations
  • Using basic properties of angles including the sum of the interior angles of a triangle and the sum of the angles at a point
  • Solving problems involving coordinates (all four quadrants)
  • Using the symmetries of 2D shapes (including the parallelogram, rhombus and trapezium)
  • Using the properties of isosceles and equilateral triangles
  • Solving problems involving the nets of 3D shapes
  • Using the formulae for the perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles
  • Calculating the area and perimeter of compound shapes
  • Finding the mean of discrete data
  • Drawing and interpreting pie charts and line graphs (including conversion graphs)
  • Converting from one metric unit to another
  • Solving problems involving the 24-hour clock

2 – English

The English paper is 50 minutes long, and is divided into two sections: Reading Skills and Writing Skills. Candidates will be given a passage to read, which may be either fiction or non-fiction.

In the Reading Skills section, candidates will be asked several questions which will assess their understanding of the vocabulary, ideas, structure and tone of the passage. Of these questions, the first two or three will test retrieval skills, the rest will test inference skills. Candidates are advised to spend 20 minutes on this section.

In the Writing Skills section, candidates will be asked to produce one short piece of writing and one slightly longer piece, both in response to the passage in the Reading Skills section.

3 – Verbal Reasoning (VR)

The CHS verbal reasoning exam is broadly similar to other 11+ VR assessments that assess logical thinking, use of the English language and vocabulary.

Credit – Cheadle Hulme School


  • Don’t be tempted to complete a large amount of tests in preparation. This is not a good way to prepare and it is likely to make little or no difference to your child’s results.
  • Focus on bringing up your child’s academic standard in order to successfully gain a place. This way when your child does gain entry, they will continue to thrive when they start.
  • Reading a variety of good quality classic books will help improve your child’s vocabulary and reading skills.