Is your child due to take the 11+ exam to get a place in Year 7? Get to know the best grammar schools in London for 11+ by reading this blog post!

 

What is 11+?

 

11+ is an exam taken by Year 6 students in England’s primary schools. The test will determine if a pupil is academically suited for a selective school or a grammar school or a technical school for Year 7 onwards.

 

Every school has their own approach for testing, some schools use the GL or CEM assessments. Other schools write their own tests.

 

Most tests cover mathematics (numerical reasoning) and English. The aim was that the 11+ exam should be a general test for intelligence that is similar to an IQ test but with a test that will teach curriculum skills.

 

Here is the list of the best grammar schools in London for the 11+ test.  We have separated the schools by region below:

BARNET

The Henrietta Barnett School

 

Henrietta Barnett School is a prestigious grammar school for girls aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1911, the school sits perfectly in the serene surroundings of Hampstead Garden Suburb.

 

The school has been known as “one of the best academic state schools in the country, providing a gentle, inspiring education in a wonderful setting for very clever girls,” according to Good Schools Guide.

 

In 2005, The Henrietta Barnett School was also among the ‘best of the best’ and ‘outstanding’ schools in the annual report by England’s education watchdog Ofsted. The Times also ranked the school as the best achieving state school based on GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and 2nd best according to A Level results.

 

In 2016, The Telegraph ranked the school as the best among the top 10 grammar schools for GCSE.

 

According to the report, 100 percent of the candidates from The Henrietta Barnett School got 5 or more A*-C GCSEs including English and maths, and 95.33% entries were graded A*/A.

 

History

 

The school opened in 1912. Henrietta Barnett (Dame Henrietta Octavia Barnett) a notable educationist established the school for girls. It was originally opened as the Institute Kindergarten and High School.

 

Did you know? In 1918, Queen Mary laid the foundation stone of The Barnett School.

 

 

The school is known for its outstanding academic record. The school runs several extra-curricular activities, including chess, arts and crafts, gardening, and current affairs.

 

General Information

 

Address: Henrietta Barnett School, Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW 11 7BN.

County: London Borough of Barnet, North London

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions policy: Selective

Number of pupils: Approx. 745

 

Admission

 

Admission to HBS is by academic selection, following an 11 plus exam. The school receives over 2000 applications with no more than 100 Year 7 places available. In case there are more applicants than available places, the school filters applicants according to the following criteria:

 

  1. Applicants in looked after care, or those who were previously in looked after care.
  2. Applicants eligible for Pupil Premium Funding
  3. Candidates ranked according to 11 plus exams results.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

 

  1. Complete the Common Application Form (CAF) through Barnet Local Authority
  2. Fill out The Henrietta Barnett School Entrance Test Entry Form via the school’s official website.

 

If the parents of the candidates do not complete the form, their daughter won’t be able to take the entrance exam.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The 11+ test in The Henrietta Barnett School consists of two rounds:

 

The exam consists of two parts:

 

  1. Part 1: GL Assessment
  2. Part 2 is an exam that the school has written

 

Round one: English; verbal and non-verbal reasoning; multiple choice

Round two: English; comprehension and creative writing skills. Mathematics; problem-solving.

 

St. Michael’s Catholic High School

 

Founded in 1908, St. Michael’s Catholic High School is a voluntary-aided three-form entry secondary grammar school situated in Finchley, London. The school provides a picturesque learning environment and is known for its excellent education and premium care.

 

History

 

Founded by the Dominican Sisters in 1955, St. Michael’s Catholic High School is a secondary school for both boys and girls. It was judged as an outstanding school both by Section 5 Ofsted inspection and Section 48 Inspection by the Archdiocese of Westminster in October and November 2007, respectively.

 

General Information

 

Address: St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, Nether St. North Finchley, N12 7NJ

County: London

Gender of Entry: Mixed

Admissions policy: Non-selective

Number of pupils: Approx. 750

 

Admission

 

St. Michael’s accept 96 students into Year 7 every year. Only girls who demonstrate academic ability and wish to attend catholic school will be accepted.

 

The school receives many applications and prioritises students that are from a catholic family who have made their First Holy Communion.

 

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

For students to be considered for a Year 7 place, the parents should fill out the online registration form on the school’s official website, as well as the Common Application Form to be submitted to the Local Authority before the deadline date.

 

The parents also need to complete the Certificate of Catholic Practice form (previously called Priest’s Reference).

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The 11 plus exam at St Michael’s is set by GL assessment.

 

Applicants need to take 4 test papers:

 

  1. Verbal reasoning
  2. Non-verbal reasoning
  3. English
  4. Math

 

Applicants with the highest scores will be prioritised. If there is a tie break, the candidates with higher score in the verbal reasoning test will be given priority.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Boys

 

In the market town of North London is the prestigious grammar school for boys Queen Elizabeth’s School. This reputable academy was founded in 1573 by, as the name implies, Queen Elizabeth I, and has consistently been one of the most successful grammar schools in England.

 

In 2007 and 2008, QE was consistently among the A-Level state schools. In 2008, 37 of QE students were able to enter in Oxford and Cambridge Universities, two of the oldest and most honoured universities in the United Kingdom.

 

History

 

For 450 years and counting, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School continues to fulfil its vision it has been holding since its foundation -- to offer free quality education and develop the character of the boys in its charge.

 

In the 1960s, QE became comprehensive when London Borough of Barnet (LBB) took control of the School. The Headmaster, Timothy Edwards (1961-1984) guided the School into a comprehensive status and led through the period of reorganisation. The number of pupils doubled but later lowered in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

 

In 1984, Eamonn Harris became the Headmaster. Under his direction, the School became oversubscribed and was later judged as ‘Outstandingly Successful by Ofsted in 1996.

 

 

General Information

 

Address: Queen’s Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4DQ

County: London Borough of Barnet

Gender of Entry: Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,180

 

Admission

 

Students who would like to enter QE for Year 7 needs to take the entrance exam in September. Parents and students are invited to attend QE’s open day in July, which will give them the opportunity to get more information about the School’s admission requirements.

 

In instances of oversubscription, the students who live closer to the school are given priority.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

To be considered in QE, the parents are required to complete two forms before the deadline dates: (1) school’s registration form and (2) Common Application Form to be submitted to the local authority.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The 11+ entrance exam in QE covers English and Math; both are multiple-choice tests. The test is administered by GL Assessment.

 

Once the tests have been taken, the scores will be fully age-standardised. The combined scores from the two tests will determine the overall entrance test score of each student. Only those with a score of 210 or higher will be considered to the school.

BEXLEY

Bexley Grammar School

 

Founded in 1955, Bexley Grammar School was opened by a Member of Parliament at that time -- Sir Edward Heath. The Heath Building that was completed in 2000 was named after him. Bexley is a co-educational grammar and is a specialist Language College (September 2002) and a specialist college in Science and Mathematics (2008). Bexley Grammar School used to have foundational school status but was converted into academy status in 2011.

 

Bexley Grammar School operates a House System. All six houses are under the charge of “Head of House” who organises all the activities in the house.

 

BGS continues to promote the student’s spiritual, social, moral, and cultural development.

 

General Information

 

Address: Danson Lane, Welling, Kent DA16 2BL

County: Kent

Gender of Entry: Mixed

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,400

 

Admission

 

Candidates who achieve the required score in the entrance exam, which are age-standardised, will be eligible for a place in Bexley Grammar School.

 

In instances of oversubscription, the following criteria are used as basis of consideration:

 

  • Applicants who are in looked after child, or those who were previously in looked after care.
  • Guaranteed Grammar School Place
  • Siblings
  • Staff Children
  • Those who live closer to the school

 

The selection tests take place in September, and the results are in mid-October and March.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The parents must complete the registration form that you can find on the BGS official website. They are also required to fill out the Common Application Form to be submitted to the local authority.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The test is administered by the CEM.

 

The 11+ exam at BGS consists of two tests, each can be taken for 50 minutes or less. The tests include the following elements:

 

  1. Verbal ability (vocabulary tests and comprehension) and verbal reasoning
  2. Non-verbal reasoning (understanding shapes and patterns)
  3. Mathematics; problem-solving and numerical reasoning

 

Beths Grammar School

 

Located in Bexley, Beths Grammar School (or Beths) was founded in 1945. The school was originally known as Erith Technical School and became a grammar academy in 1976. This grammar school for boys offer quality education to pupils that achieve A to C grades at GCSE level.

 

Beths Grammar School continues to offer a vibrant and exciting community that challenges their academic potential.

 

History

 

The school was provided extra funds for ICT, Science and Mathematics, and Design and Technology after it was awarded DfES Technology College specialist status in 1995.

 

Three years later, the school won the School Sports Award.

 

Under the guidance of the former headmaster, James Skinner (2002), the school achieved a significant expansion and development. In 2006, the school was awarded Modern Foreign Languages College specialist status.

 

General Information

 

Address: Hartford Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1NE

County: Kent

Gender of Entry: Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,200

 

Admission

 

Those who achieve the required passing score will be given a priority. You can check the admission policy on the official website of Bexley Local Authority.

 

Parents must complete the Common Application Form and submit it to the Local Authority. Take note, there are only 192 places in Year 7. In instances of oversubscription, the applicants will be sorted according to these criteria:

 

  1. Applicants who are currently or have been in Looked After Children
  2. Applicants who achieved a score of 18 or higher in the 11+ exam.
  3. Applicants whose siblings are already at the school
  4. Applicants who live closer to the school. If an applicant lives in a distance identical to another applicant, the applicant that got higher test scores will be given priority.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

Parents need to see if their child/children meet(s) the school’s admission criteria. They also need to complete a registration form and a Common Application Form.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The test is administered by the GL Assessment.

 

The test consists of two papers, both can be completed within 50 minutes. The following elements are in the test:

 

  1. Verbal ability; vocabulary and comprehension. Verbal reasoning
  2. Non-verbal reasoning; understanding patterns and shapes
  3. Mathematics; problem-solving and numerical reasoning

Chislehurst and Sidcup School

 

Originally known as Sidcup County School for Boys, the now well-known Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School was founded in 1931. This outstanding academy is a co-educational grammar school for students aged 11 to 18.

 

The school has been known at producing students that excel in exams and achieve satisfying results. The school has five houses: Williams, Lester, Townshend, Davies, and Edelmann. The Chronicle, the school’s annual magazine, is produced and organised by the pupils.

 

History

 

In 1931, the school was founded and was known as Sidcup County School for Boys. By then the school was located at 27 Station Road. The school was built to open a school to a newly urbanised town. In 1938, the school was renamed Chislehurst and Sidcup County School as it’s now known.

 

In 1954, after the headmaster’s resignation, McGregor Williams, the school was relocated to a new and larger building on Hurst Road (Lamorbey area) of Sidcup.

 

 

General Information

 

Address: Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School, Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AG

County: Bexley

Gender of Entry: mixed (boys and girls)

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 190

 

Admission

 

As part of the Bexley Coordinated Secondary School Admissions Scheme, students who want to enter Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School need to pass the Bexley test.

 

The Bexley test aims to give a slot to students who show excellent academic performance. To be considered for admission in Year 7, students are required to achieve test scores within the top 180 applicants. But take note, passing the Bexley test doesn’t make one automatically considered for admission to the school as they still need to meet the admission criteria.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

First, the parents need to download the school’s admission pack, which can be found on the school’s official website.

 

Second, the parents are required to send all necessary documents to the school office. The list of documents is in the school’s admission pack.

 

Once the pack has been completed, it should be returned by post to:

 

Mrs. N. Sayell

Office Manager (Admissions)

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

Hurst Road

Sidcup

Kent

DA15 9AG

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The test is administered by the CEM.

 

The test consists of two papers, each can be completed within 50 minutes. The tests will cover the following elements:

 

  1. Verbal ability
  2. Non-verbal reasoning
  3. Numerical reasoning (Mathematics)

Townley Grammar School

 

A girls-only school, Townley Grammar School provides a quality education that specialises in visual and performing arts, mathematics, and computing. Students are encouraged to enter the school to take part in their broad curriculum and extracurricular activities, such as musical productions.

 

As per the school’s official website, the school aims to ‘inspire and challenge the students through providing outstanding teaching, rich opportunities for learning, and encouragement and support for each individual.’

 

They also aim:

 

  1. To provide students with first-class academic qualifications and help them to acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills to succeed within the world in which they will live.
  2. To develop students who are reflective and resourceful with a passion for learning
  3. To balance good order and discipline with the motivational power of praise and celebration.

 

History

 

Since its foundation in 1937, the school has since established academic excellence and caring community. The learning community encourages its pupils to gain academic, emotional and physical confidence.

 

In September 2004, Townley Grammar School was awarded Specialist Status for its performing and visual arts.

 

In 2008, four students from TGS got into courses of study at Oxford and Cambridge universities. This was the highest number for a state school in Bexley.

 

General Information

 

Address: Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 7AB

County: Kent

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1450

 

Admission

 

As part of the Bexley Coordinated Secondary School Admissions Scheme, candidates are required to pass the Bexley test to be given a priority for admission in Year 7.

 

The Bexley test aims to filter top-notch students. Candidates who achieve a passing score and meet the school’s admission criteria will be selected by the headteacher and assigned officers of the school.

 

In instances of oversubscription, the school will use these criteria for selecting those that will be given priority:

 

  1. Those who are or have been in Looked After Children
  2. Candidates identified by the London Borough of Bexley to have achieved one of the highest 180 scores in the selection tests and who applied for a place at TGS.
  3. Candidates who have siblings already in the academy.
  4. Candidates who have registered guardian or parents that work at TGS.
  5. Students who qualify for Pupil Premium or Free School Meals who achieve the passing score
  6. Candidates who live closer to the school

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

Parents need to complete the Common Application Form to be submitted to the Local Authority. For further information, you may contact the school directly.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The test is administered by the CEM.

 

The exam consists of two tests, each can be completed within 50 minutes. The tests have the following elements:

  1. Verbal reasoning
  2. Non-verbal reasoning
  3. Mathematics; numerical reasoning

BROMLEY

St. Olave’s & St. Saviour’s Grammar School

 

Ranked as the fourth-best performing grammar school at A-Level by The Financial Times, St. Olave’s & St. Saviour’s Grammar School (or STOGS) is located in Orpington. This highly selective boys’ school is one of the consistently top-achieving state schools in the UK.

 

History

 

The school was established from an agreement made in 1896 between two prestigious schools, St. Olave’s Grammar School (1571) and St. Saviour’s Grammar School (1562).

 

At the same time, they built a new school that was later established in 1903 and was named St. Saviour’s and St. Olave’s Grammar School for Girls.

 

General Information

 

Address: Goddington Lane, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9SH

County: Kent

Gender of Entry:  Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 950-960

 

Admission

 

Students who would like to be considered for a place in Year 7 need to get a qualifying score in the 11+ exam. Because the school is well-known, it is usually oversubscribed.

 

Parents of the students are encouraged to attend the school’s open early in June so that the school can give offer an excellent learning environment to their child before applying for a Year 7 place.

 

Once the candidates have taken the exam, they will be ranked by the school. Those that will be given the highest priority are the candidates that need special educational needs as well as those that are or have been in Looked After Children.

 

All boys must meet the academic criteria of the school to be considered for a Year 7 place.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The school follows the admission process set by the London Borough of Bromley. For the candidates to be registered for the selection test and qualify for a Year 7 place, the parents must complete these forms:

 

  1. Common Application Form (CAF) to be submitted to the Local Authority (LA).
  2. St. Olave’s online Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which needs to be submitted on or before the set deadline.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

St. Olave’s set a two-stage process for the 11+ test:

 

  1. Stage 1 - The boys need to take the Selective Eligibility Test (SET). They will be registered to sit the SET once the parents have submitted the SIF. The test covers the following elements: (1) English; comprehension; verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and (2) mathematics; numerical reasoning.
  2. Stage 2 - Those who pass the SET will be invited to take the second stage that covers English and Mathematics.

 

 

Newstead Wood School

 

Newstead Wood School has been known to be one of the best grammar schools in the UK. As a matter of fact, they have been keeping a consistent record for providing their students with good value and helping them achieve high scores at A-level.

 

The grammar school watchdog, Ofsted, described Newstead Wood School as “an outstandingly successful school”.

 

History

 

Founded in 1957, the school was originally registered as the Orpington Grammar School for Girls. By 1965, the school became part of Bromley.

 

In a survey conducted by the Sunday Times in 1997 has found that the school was the best value in England for both A and B grade achieved at A-level.

 

In 2004, a student from Newstead Wood School got the best result at Maths GCSE in England. The school gained academic status on April 1st, 2011.

 

General Information

 

Address: Avebury Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 9SA

County: Kent

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1000

 

Admission

 

Only those who show excellent academic performance in the 11+ test will be qualified for a Year 7 place in Newstead Wood School. The school opens in September and parents are encouraged to attend the opening to see whether the school is a good learning environment for their children before applying for a place.

 

The school ranks the top achievers in the 11+ test and sorts them in order. The following will be given priority (in order):

 

  1. Candidates who live near the school or within a 9-mile radius
  2. Candidates who have parents or legal guardian that work(s) in the school

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The parents need to fill out the Local Authority Application form. They must state the school as one of their preferences.

 

Then, they must also complete the school’s SIF, which is made available in the school’s official website.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The test is administered by the GL Assessment.

 

Candidates will take two tests covering the following elements:

 

  1. Verbal reasoning
  2. Non-verbal reasoning

 

ENFIELD

The Latymer School

 

This selective, mixed grammar school was judged as an “outstanding” by Ofsted for both school and sixth form.

 

The Latymer School is popular for providing a top-notch education for boys and girls. It is also known as one of the best grammar schools in the UK. The school has six houses in which the pupils are split into:

 

  1. Latymer (named after the founder, Edward Latymer)
  2. Keats (named after the famous poet, John Keats)
  3. Dolbe (named after the former headmaster, Dr. Charles Dolbe)
  4. Ashworth (named after the former headmaster, Richard Ashworth)
  5. Wyatt (named after a school benefactor, Ann Wyatt)

 

History

 

Located in Edmonton, London, the school was founded in 1624 by Edward Latymer -- a wealthy merchant and official in London.

 

In 1910, the school became co-educational and was relocated to its present site. The headmaster at that time, Richard Ashworth, adopted the school motto “Qui Patitur Vincit”, which means “Who endures wins”.

 

General Information

 

Address: Haselbury Road, London, N9 9TN

County: London Borough of Enfield

Gender of Entry: Mixed

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1300-1400

 

Admission

 

Students who achieve a qualifying score in the 11+ exam will be considered for a place in Year 7. Parents and students are encouraged to join the school tour to see if the school fits the child’s academic needs.

 

In instances where there are more applicants than the available places, the school filters the candidates using the following criteria:

 

  1. Candidates with an Education Health and Care Plan
  2. Those who currently are or have been in Looked After Child
  3. Candidates who live close to the school and show outstanding musical talent
  4. Candidates who live close to the school who are eligible for Pupil Premium

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The test is split into two parts.

 

  • Part 1 is administered by the GL Assessment.
  • Part 2 is a test written and set by the school

 

The parents who would like to apply their children at Latymer needs to accomplish two forms: (1) the online registration form, which is in the school’s official website and (2) Common Application Form.

 

Documents submitted beyond the set deadlines will be rejected.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The school’s test consists of two tests:

 

  1. Test 1 - covers mathematics and verbal reasoning. This is a multiple-choice test that can be completed within 60 minutes.
  2. Test 2 - this is the English test; comprehension and writing skills, each would take 30 minutes to finish.

 

Only the top-scoring 650 candidates who pass the first test will be eligible to take the second test. The top 192 candidates that achieve a qualifying score in the second test will be given places.

KINGSTON UPON THAMES

Tiffin Girls’ School

 

As the name implies, Tiffin is an all-girls grammar school located in Kingston upon Thames. The school sits perfectly in a nine-acre campus. It originally had a voluntary aided status until April 2011 when the school was given an academy status.

 

History

 

Thomas and John Tiffin (which the school was named after) are two prosperous brewers who left money in their wills to open the gate for education for the poor. Initially, the plan was to send one or two boys to an existing public school. But with the help of benefactors, over 100 students benefited from the charitable fund.

 

When the charity schools had to close and the money was no longer needed by the Public Elementary School, the money was dedicated to Kingston Grammar School. In 1987, there was a new rule that says the Grammar School shouldn’t receive a quarter of the charities’ income.

 

In 1874, plans were made to build two new schools -- Tiffin School for boys and another one for girls. By then, the school only accepted 150 pupils. Now, the school takes care of approximately 1000 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18.

 

General Information

 

Address: Richmond Road, Kingstond upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5PL

County: London

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,100

 

Admission

 

The school is usually oversubscribed (with an application to place ratio of 10:1). The school strongly encourages students and parents to attend its open evening to learn more about the admissions process and to take a tour around the school.

 

In instances of oversubscription, the school will apply the following criteria to give priority to:

 

  1. Candidates with Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEND) or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP); those who put The Tiffin Girls’ School on their SEND or EHCP.
  2. Maximum of 60 candidates with Stage Two Test scores higher than the 250th ranked mark of all the candidates who take the Stage Two Test.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The school sets a two-stage exam. To be able to take the stage one test, the parents must complete the online Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and submit it to the school.

 

Those who will get a qualifying score in the stage one test will be invited to take the stage two test. By then, the parents must fill out a Common Application Form and submit it to the Local Authority.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The test is split into two stages:

 

  1. Stage 1 - English and mathematics
  2. Stage 2 - English and mathematics; comprehension, writing, and standard format math questions

Tiffin School

 

Also a school from the wealth of Tiffin brothers, Tiffin School is another selective, all-boys grammar school. It was given a voluntary aided status until July 2011 when the school was given an academy status.

 

In 1929, the Tiffin Boys’ School was relocated to its present site. Under the Education Act 1944, it became a grammar school.

 

General Information

 

Address: Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 6RL

County: London

Gender of Entry: Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,100

 

Admission

 

The school only has 180 places available in Year 7. Parents and students are invited to attend its open evening to learn more about the school. The performance of the pupil in the two-stage exam (administered by Kingston Local Education Authority), which will determine whether he or she is qualified for a place in Year 7.

 

In instances of oversubscription, the school will use the following criteria to give priority to:

 

  1. Boys with SEND or EHCP.
  2. Boys who live closer to the school
  3. Boys who live outside the priority area.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The parents of the students must complete two forms: (1) online registration form and (2) Common Application Form.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

There will be a two-stage test:

 

  1. Stage 1 - English and mathematics; multiple choice (Stage one is administered by GL Assessment)
  2. Stage 2 - English and mathematics; comprehension, writing, and standard format math questions. (Stage two is a test written by the school)

 

Only those who will achieve a passing score in the stage 1 test will be invited to take the stage 2 test.

REDBRIDGE

Woodford County High School For Girls

 

Formerly known as the Woodford County High School, this renowned grammar school is located in Woodford Green in the London Borough of Redbridge, England. The school is known for its broad academic curriculum to over 800 girls that show exemplary values.

 

The teachers at WCHS teach students skills for modern life with topnotch technology and world-class facilities.

 

History

 

The school opened in 1919, which means it will celebrate its centenary this year.

 

Fun fact: the school building was the site of the Highams Manor that was built in 1768.

 

 

 

General Information

 

Address: High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LA

County: London Borough of Redbridge

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 850

 

Admission

 

The admissions for a Year 7 places are managed by the local authority. The school usually faces oversubscription. Only the students who meet the following criteria will be given priority:

 

  1. Those who are currently or have been in Looked After Children
  2. Those who live in the school’s catchment area who are eligible for Pupil Premium
  3. Others who live in the catchment area, based on the total standardised score in overall order of merit.
  4. Others who live outside the catchment area, based on the total standardised score in overall order of merit.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The parents are required to complete the Common Application Form for their daughters to be allowed to take the 11+ exam.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The test in WCHS uses the CEM style (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring), which covers the following elements:

 

  1. Verbal reasoning; vocabulary and comprehension
  2. Non-verbal reasoning
  3. Numerical reasoning; math problems

 

SUTTON

Sutton Grammar School

 

Sutton Grammar School is a selective grammar school for boys. Girls are welcome to enter the school to attend the Sixth Form. The school was founded in 1899 and teaches over 900 boys aged 11 to 18.

 

SGS challenges its students with a taxing curriculum. It also offers a range of extracurricular activities to improve the students’ abilities in music, debate, sports, drama, and a Combined Cadet Force.

 

History

 

The school was renamed several times. First, it was known as Sutton County Grammar School. It was later known as Sutton Manor School.

 

It was built in the middle of Throwley Way and the High Street in Sutton and was opened on July 1899. The main building, which is directly facing Manor Park in Sutton, was opened in 1928.

 

In June 2011, the school has gained an academy status and the name was formally changed to Sutton Grammar School. As of September 2017, the school started accepting girl applicants to attend the Sixth Form.

 

General Information

 

Address: Manor Lane, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4AS

County: Borough of Sutton, London

Gender of Entry: Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 900

 

Admission

 

As part of Sutton’s Coordinated Admissions Scheme, the school accepts students based on their performance in SET, which is similar to the standard 11+ test.

 

There are only 150 places in Year 7 every year, so the school encourages parents and students to attend the school’s open events to know more about the admissions process and to get the chance to speak with the school’s staff.

 

When the school reaches oversubscription, it filters the students by following the following criteria to give priority in this order:

 

  1. Students who are, or have been, in looked after children
  2. Top 75 applicants who achieved high scores and live in one of these postcodes: SM1-7, KT4, KT17, CR0 4-, and CR4 will be given priority.
  3. 60 places for students who achieve the highest scores from any home address
  4. Students who live closer to the school (if the scores are equal).

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

For the students to get a Year 7 place, they need to sit on two tests: (1) SET and (2) Sutton Grammar’s Second Stage Entrance Examination.

 

The parents must complete a Supplementary Form, which can be downloaded in the school’s official website for their child to take the SET. The parents must also complete the Common Application Form to apply for a place at the school.

 

Students who pass the SET will be invited to take the Sutton Grammar’s Second Stage Entrance Examination. Parents must specify Sutton Grammar on the CAF for their children to be considered for a Year 7 place.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The school’s 11+ test is split into two stages:

 

  1. Stage 1 -  Math and English; multiple choice. Each can be completed within 45 minutes.

 

Only those who get a qualifying score in the first stage will be invited to sit for the second stage test.

 

      B. Stage 2 - English; writing and comprehension. Mathematics; standard format and based on KS2 curriculum. It can be completed within 40 to 45 minutes.

Nonsuch High School for Girls

 

An all-girls’ grammar school, Nonsuch High School was founded in 1938 and is located in heam, the London borough of Sutton. The school has gained specialist status in science and language.

 

There are over 1,200 pupils attend the school and are divided into seven houses. Nonsuch High School encourages the girls to participate in fields such as engineering, science and technology.

 

History

 

Nonsuch High School was named after the 16th century Palace that once stood in the park. Henry VIII started building it, but building a school in the 20th century with royal connections caused controversy. In 1935, the need of a school was seen. It was later raised in Parliament. They thought the construction of the school in the middle of the park would ruin the view of the trees where the Palace once stood.

 

The school was opened in December 1936. By then, there were only 490 girls who attend the school. Now there are 1220 girls in the school.

 

General Information

 

Address: Ewell Road, Cheam, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 8AB

County: London borough of Sutton

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,200

 

Admission

 

To enter the school, pupils will need to pass the Selective Eligibility Test (SET). There are only 210 places available in Year 7 each year, so the school encourages parents and students to attend one of their open events to learn more about the admissions process, take tour, and speak to the staff.

 

In instances of oversubscription, the school will use the following criteria to filter the applicants:

 

  1. Applicants who are or have been in looked after children.
  2. Applicants who are qualified for Pupil Premium or Service Premium (up to 10 places available)
  3. Applicants who get the highest score in the entrance exam.
  4. Applicants who are within the school’s catchment area who pass the exam.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

For the students to get a Year 7 place, they need to sit on two tests: (1) SET and (2) Sutton Grammar’s Second Stage Entrance Examination.

 

The parents must complete a Supplementary Form, which can be downloaded in the school’s official website for their child to take the SET. The parents must also complete the Common Application Form to apply for a place at the school.

 

Students who pass the SET will be invited to take the Sutton Grammar’s Second Stage Entrance Examination. Parents must specify Nonsuch High School for Girls on the CAF for their children to be considered for a Year 7 place.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

The 11+ test is split into two stages:

 

  1. Stage 1 - English and mathematics; multiple choice
  2. Stage 2 - English and mathematics; comprehension, writing, and standard math tests.

Wallington County Grammar School

 

Wallington County Grammar School was established in 1927. Over 800 pupils attend the ‘outstanding’ school as rated by Ofsted. The students are encouraged to participate in challenging curriculum and activities such as sports and other charitable events.

 

History

 

Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) opened in September 1927. The school was damaged by a V-2 bomb during the Second World War.

 

In the 1950s to the 1970s, development and expansion were started. In 1997, an old WCGS boy, Chris Woodhead, opened a new science block. The school gained an academy status in June 2011.

 

General Information

 

Address: Croydon Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 7PH

County: London Borough of Sutton

Gender of Entry: Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 800

 

Admission

 

For students to be given a Year 7 place, they need to take the SET, which is similar to the standard 11+ exam. There are only 150 places available at Year 7, so parents and students are encouraged to attend the school’s open events to learn more about the admissions process, take a tour, and speak to staff.

 

The following will be given priority:

 

  1. Students who are looked after by local authority (LA).
  2. Students who scored the highest in the SET.
  3. Students who are qualified for free school meals (15 places)
  4. Students who live in one of the specified postcodes by the school.
  5. Students who have parents or legal guardian working at the Folio Education Trust.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The parents must complete a Supplementary Form, which can be downloaded in the school’s official website for their child to take the SET. The parents must also complete the Common Application Form to apply for a place at the school.

 

Students who pass the SET will be invited to take the Sutton Grammar’s Second Stage Entrance Examination.

 

11 Plus Exam Format

 

Students need to take one exam which consists of two papers, math and English. Each can be completed within 45 minutes.

Wallington High School for Girls

 

Established in 1888, Wallington High School is a selective grammar school for girls aged 11 to 18. It is located in the beautiful of London Borough of Sutton. The school became part of Nonsuch and Wallington Education Trust in 2005. Wallington has over 2300 students and has a Sixth Form College.

 

History

 

The school was run by nuns in 1888. It was originally located on Stanley Park Road in Carshalton. It also changed names several times; Wallington County Grammar SChool for Girls, the Wallington County School for Girls, Wallington County SChool, and County SChool for Girls, Wallington. The site is now called Stanley Park High School.

 

In 1965, the school moved to its current location in Woodcote Road. By the 1970s, the school only had around 750 students and 150 pupils in the Sixth Form. Now the school accommodates over 2300 students.

 

General Information

 

Address: Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 0PH

County: London Borough of Sutton

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,300

 

Admission

 

For students to be given a Year 7 place, they need to take the SET, which is similar to the standard 11+ exam. There are only 180 places available at Year 7, so parents and students are encouraged to attend the school’s open events to learn more about the admissions process, take a tour, and speak to staff.

 

The school is usually oversubscribed. In events like this, the school follows a criteria to give priority to:

 

  1. Students who are or have been in looked after children.
  2. Students who are qualified for the Pupil Premium
  3. Students who have the highest average point score.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The parents must submit a completed Supplementary Form, which can be downloaded in the school’s official website for their child to take the SET. The parents must also complete the Common Application Form to apply for a place at the school.

 

Students who pass the SET will be invited to take the WHSG’s Second Stage Entrance Examination. If they pass, they must specifically put Wallington High School for Girls on the Common Application Form to be considered for a Year 7 place.

11 Plus Exam Format

 

WHSG’s 11+ exam is split into two stages:

 

  1. Stage 1 -  Mathematics and English; multiple choice. Both can be completed within 45 minutes.
  2. Stage 2 - Mathematics and English; comprehension, writing, and standard math test based on the KS2 curriculum. Both can be completed within 40 to 45 minutes.

 

Take note, only those who will pass the stage 1 test will be invited to take the second stage test.

Wilson’s School for Boys

 

An all-boys grammar school with academy status, Wilson’s School for Boys is one of the highest performing schools in the UK. In 2018, The Times ranked Wilson’s as the State Secondary School of the Year. It was also among the highest performing 11 to 18 state schools in the country for A-Level.

 

Ofsted judged the school as outstanding and said it deserves a high reputation.

 

History

 

Founded in 1615 by Edward Wilson. The charter was granted by King James I. In 1854, due to a financial scandal, the school was forced to close. The school was rebuilt in another location in Cambridge, which opened in 1883.

 

In 1958, Greencoat School was closed after a long 250-history. The assets were passed to Wilson’s Grammar School. The money was used to build a new facility, which was named Greencoat Building.

 

In 1976 the school was moved to its current location.

 

General Information

 

Address: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 9JW

County: London Borough of Sutton

Gender of Entry: Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

Number of Pupils: Approx. 1,100

 

Admission

 

For students to be given a Year 7 place, they need to take the SET, which is similar to the standard 11+ exam. There are only 180 places available at Year 7, so parents and students are encouraged to attend the school’s open events to learn more about the admissions process, take a tour, and speak to staff.

 

The school is usually oversubscribed. In events like this, the school follows a criteria to give priority to:

 

  1. Students who are or have been in looked after children, by rank order of standardised school in the entrance exams.
  2. Students who are qualified for free school meals by tank order of standardised school in the entrance exams.
  3. Remaining available spaces will be given to the boys who rank the highest in the entrance tests.

 

How to apply for 11 plus entry

 

The parents must complete a Supplementary Form, which can be downloaded in the school’s official website for their child to take the SET. The parents must also complete the Common Application Form to apply for a place at the school.

 

Students who pass the SET will be invited to take the Second Stage Entrance Examination. If they pass, they must specifically put Wilson’s Grammar School on the Common Application Form to be considered for a Year 7 place.

11 Plus Exam Format

 

Wilson’s Grammar School 11+ test is split into two stages:

 

  1. Stage 1 - Mathematics and English; each can be completed within 45 minutes.

 

The result of the SET will determine whether or not the applicant will be invited to sit for the second stage test. Stage one is the Selective Eligibility Test (SET)

 

     B. Stage 2 - Mathematics and English; comprehension, writing, and standard math tests following the KS2 curriculum. Both tests can be completed within 40 to 45 minutes. Stage 2 is written by the school.

 

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