Admissions for Slough, Langley, Herschel & St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar Schools are managed as a consortium with the four schools using the same test papers.
Parents must complete a registration form and return it to their first choice school, which is where their child will then take the test. The Common Application Form (CAF) must also be completed.
Herschel, Slough and Langley Grammar Schools are enormously over-subscribed, with approximately 10 applicants for every place. St. Bernard’s Grammar School receives approximately 3 applications for every place.
Admission Arrangements for September 2017 Entry
The Slough Consortium have announced that they are changing their entrance exam in 2014 to the CEM 11 Plus by the University of Durham which encompasses verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. Please see details here and see FAQs here
The new style exam will affect those children in Year 5 who will sit the exam in September 2015 for admission in September 2016. There will be two 45-50 minute papers with each paper consisting of a mixture of questions testing verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning. The verbal reasoning element includes English comprehension and reading skills. The eligibility score of 111 remains the same.
The Consortium will publish more detailed information about the testing process in their guide which can be obtained from the individual schools from April 2016.
You should be mindful that not all CEM 11 plus exams will be identical across regions as these tests are produced to the schools’ own requirements, however, there will be similarities. The tests also vary from year to year. Durham University do not publish any papers or books.
It is important to use a variety of practice materials and do some preparation in all subjects, as relying on the purely CEM practice material currently available on the market is not sufficient. Once your child has built up general knowledge you can focus on targeted CEM practice such as cloze passages, comprehensions, numerical reasoning and 3D non-verbal reasoning styles.
ElevenPlusExams have released a number of new titles for the CEM 11 Plus test, which can be found via the links provided below. More titles are scheduled for release this year including English comprehensions and mental arithmetic.
Admissions Information for September 2017 entry
|Closing date for applications||31st October 2016 for Common Application|
|Slough Consortium Schools’ Registration – see this link
Online Registration available from Sunday 1st May 2016 to Monday 27th June 2016 – by noon
Closing date for test application – Monday 27th June 2016
|11+ Information Evenings||Herschel Grammar School,Wednesday 4th May 2016 5.00pm – 6.00pm
St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School – 5.30pm
Langley Grammar School,Thursday 5th May 2016 – 5.30pm & 6.30pm
Upton Court Grammar School – 6.00pm
|11+ test dates||Saturday 10th September 2016
(for all children; in previous years there were two separate dates for children in Slough primary schools and children from other regions.
|Test Types||CEM (University of Durham) – two papers each one 60-65 minutes. Each paper will contain mixture of verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning questions. The verbal reasoning section includes English comprehension and reading skills. The test will be a mixture of multiple choice and standard format. The weighting applied to each of the three subjects is not known, although the verbal reasoning section is likely to be around 50% of the marks.|
|Examiners||CEM (University of Durham)|
|11 + Test Results||before 31st October 2016- no specific date given|
|Pass Mark||111 (variable), places are allocated by score. Slough Grammars — Historical information about allocations can be found on the Berkshire section of our 11+ Forum.|
|Allocations||1st March 2017|
|Appeals||Hearings in April/May/June 2017|
|Admissions||Slough Borough Council
|Recommended Practice Materials||CEM Practice Materials|
|School Information||Places||Open Event|
|Langley Grammar School||180 places in Year 7||Tuesday 20th September 2016 3.30pm – 8.00pm|
|Herschel Grammar School||Mixed, 120 places in Year 7.||Monday 19 September 2016 5.00pm – 8.00pm|
|St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School||Mixed, faith school, admission number 120.||Wednesday 28 September 2016 8.00pm|
|Upton Grammar School (previously Slough Grammar School)||145 places in Year 7||Tuesday 27 September 2016 4.00pm – 7.00pm|
Visit the Berkshire section of the 11+ Forum for more information and advice.
Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.
Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.
Page updated on 22nd July 2016