11 Plus Schools

Buckinghamshire 11 Plus

Buckinghamshire School Allocation Profiles Page 2

Buckinghamshire 12+ and 13+ Tests Page 3

Buckinghamshire (Bucks) is one of the last remaining Counties where education is fully selective. There are 13 grammar schools and 21 upper schools in the County. Admission into Year 7 at all schools is managed centrally by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC). There is also a new Free School that opened in Winslow in September 2013, the Sir Thomas Fremantle Secondary School, initially offering places to pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9. The school’s admissions are also handled by the BCC.

Buckinghamshire operates an “opt out” system for the 11+, whereby children at Bucks state primary schools are automatically entered for the test unless their parents actively withdraw them from taking it. Children at private schools and those attending schools outside Buckinghamshire must actively apply to take the test.

Many private schools in the county and some large schools outside the county administer the Bucks 11 plus on behalf of Bucks CC. These are known as “Partner Schools”. The children receive the application form for the test and the CAF (school application form) via their school, the tests take place in the school and the results are provided via the school in exactly the same way as for children attending Bucks state schools.

Approximately 30% of children qualify for a grammar school place each year, and around a further 5% are deemed qualified after a successful appeal against non-qualification. School places are allocated by distance from school gates with defined catchment areas that receive priority.

Application forms for entry to the tests are available from July each year and have to be submitted at the start of September each year (see table below for the current year’s dates).

If your child attends a primary school in Buckinghamshire; they will sit a Preparation Test at their school in order to become familiar with the Transfer Test; they are slightly shorter and take about 35 minutes each.
Children attending other schools are invited to take the Preparation Test at one of the grammar schools.

To assess your chances of gaining a place at your preferred school you can view our summary of past Allocation Profiles (Distances).

Buckinghamshire is unusual in that it has retained the 12+ and 13+ tests for grammar school entry. There is no guarantee that a successful candidate in these tests will be allocated a school place, but for some children it offers a second bite of the cherry if they have been unsuccessful in the 11+.

Important Changes to Admissions 2014 onwards

There are are fundamental changes to the Bucks 11 plus for Secondary School Admissions from September 2014:

a) The test date will be brought forward to early September in order to comply with the requirement in the 2012 Admissions Code that parents should be advised of the outcome of the test prior to the deadline for submitting the CAF (Common Application Form) on 31st October.

b) The test provider will no longer be GL Assessment, but will change to the Durham CEM test (set by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University), which encompasses verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.

A useful basic guide to Bucks grammar schools & transfer tests for 2015 entry can be found here
The following is a summary of the content of the new test:

There will be two 45 minute tests; each test will consist of a mixture of questions of the different topics in multiple choice format.
Both tests will consist of Verbal (which will include an English comprehension section), Numerical and Non-verbal reasoning.
The standard of the test will be according to the national curriculum in year 5 and will not be at a higher level as is the case with CEM tests in other regions.

Although not all CEM tests are the same, there are some similarities. Please see other areas already administering the CEM test for examples of the style of the test: Birmingham and Warwickshire

See details and example questions here
Questions and answers about the new test can be found here

Please also see this thread from our forum

Bucks 11 Plus Admissions Information for September 2017 entry

Closing date for applications 30th June 2016 at 3pm (open 3rd May 2016 at 3pm – Registration is required for all children attending Partner Schools and out of county schools). Children attending Bucks state schools do not need to register. Parents can notify their child’s headteacher if they do not wish their child to take the test
31st October 2016 for the Common Application Form
11+ test dates Thursday 15th September 2016
Preparation Test: Tuesday 13th September 2016 (2 preparation tests lasting 25-30 minutes each, containing questions that mirror the exam. These papers will not be marked, but are designed to help them prepare for exam)
Test Types Two multiple choice tests, 45-50 minutes each which is split up into smaller timed sections.
Each paper will test Verbal, Numerical and Non-verbal Reasoning
Examiners CEM (Durham University)
Test Results 14 October 2016
Pass Mark In 2016 a standardised score of 121 or more was set by CEM in agreement with the grammar schools. A pupil’s score on all 6 sections of the two tests are added together and the total score is then age standardised . The score will be the sum of:
50% of the standardised score of the verbal sections.
30% of the standardised score of the numerical sections.
20% of the standardised score of the non-verbal sections.
The current process produces standardised scores of between 0 and 180. Around 33% achieve the qualifying score of 121.
For children who do not attain a score of 121 or more, can ask for a Selection Review. A Selection Review is an opportunity for your to explain in writing to a panel of Headteachers why your child is suited to a grammar school. Selection Reviews take place between November – January 2016. Results given in February 2017.
Standardised Score Yes
Allocations Day March 2017
Links Buckinghamshire Admissions Information
Tel: 01296 383250
Email: admissions@buckscc.gov.uk
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Appropriate Practice Materials

More information and advice can also be found in the Buckinghamshire section of the 11+ Forum

Bucks 11 Plus General School Information

Open evening information for all Bucks schools, including grammar schools, is published on the Buckinghamshire County Council website each year. Dates for grammar school open days and evenings for 2016 are shown below.

School Gender Places Open Events
Aylesbury Grammar School Boys 180 in Year 7 Monday 19th September 2016 6pm
Tuesday 20th September 2016 6pm
Monday 17th October 2016 9.30am-11am
Tuesday 18th October 2016 9.30am-11am
Aylesbury High School Girls 180 in Year 7 Open mornings – 9.15am-11.00am
Friday 8th July 2016
Friday 30th September 2016
Monday 17th October 2016
Wednesday 19th October 2016
Thursday 20th October 2016
Open Evenings -
Wednesday 6th July 2016 5.30pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 28th July 2016 5.30pm-8.30pm
Beaconsfield High School Girls 150 in Year 7 Appointments available during term-time on Tuesdays 9.10am, Thursdays 11.30am & Fridays 12.30pm
Burnham Grammar School Mixed 150 in Year 7 20th September 2016 5.30pm-9.00pm
Chesham Grammar School Mixed 180 in Year 7 Tuesday 20th September 2016
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Dr. Challoners Grammar School Boys 180 in Year 7. Wednesday 21st September 2016 7pm-9pm
Thursday 22nd September 2016 7pm-9pm
Dr. Challoners High School Girls 150 in Year 7 Friday 22nd April 2016 at 9.30am,
Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 9.20am,
Thursday 22nd September 2016 at 6.15pm, 7pm, 7.45pm & 8.30pm
Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 9.20am
Tuesday 18th October 2016 at 9.20am
John Hampden Grammar School Boys 150 in Year 7 Wed 21 September & Thurs 22nd September 2016 6-9pm
Royal Grammar School Boys 182 day in Year 7 & 10 boarding Monday 19 September and Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 18 October and Thursday 20 October 2016 at 10am
The Royal Latin School Mixed 174 in Year 7 Thursday 23rd June 2016
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School Mixed 150 in Year 7 Friday 15th April 2016 at 9.45am,
Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 9.45am
Thursday 9th June 2016 at 9.45am
Thursday 7th July 2016 at 6pm -8.30pm
Friday 8 July 2016 Open Morning
Sir William Borlase School Mixed 120 in Year 7 Thursday 22nd September 2016
Wycombe High School Girls 180 in Year 7 July 2016 Every alternate Wednesdays & Thursday 10am – 10.45am

N.B. Chesham Grammar School was known as Chesham High School until September 2010.

Upper Schools in Buckinghamshire

All Buckinghamshire Upper Schools are co-educational.

N.B. The Aylesbury Vale Academy was previously known as the Quarrendon School. Chiltern Hills Academy was previously called Chesham Park Community College. The Highcrest Academy was previously known as Highcrest Community School. The Bourne End Academy also known as the Whey Valley School, Burnham E-ACT Academy was previously known as Burnham Upper School.

Buckinghamshire School Allocation Profiles Page 2

Buckinghamshire 12+ and 13+ Tests Page 3

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 26th October 2016