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).

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

CEM Style Mock Exams for Bucks Schools

Bucks 11 Plus Admissions Information for September 2015 entry

Closing date for applications 11th July 2014 (open 1st May 2014 – 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 2014 for the Common Application Form
11+ test dates Thursday 11th September 2014
Preparation Test: Tuesday 9th September 2014 (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 17 October 2014
Pass Mark A score of 121 or more. A pupil’s score on all 6 sections of the two tests are added together and the total score is then age standardised . The current process produces standardised scores of between 69 and 141, with a mean of approximately 110.In 2013 32.9% achieved the qualifying score of 121.
Standardised Score Yes.
Allocations Day 2nd March 2015
Link to Buckinghamshire Admissions Information
Tel: 01296 383250
Email: admissions@buckscc.gov.uk

Appropriate Practice Materials

NEW CEM Practice Materials now available on our online shop

Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials see here
Non Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials see here
Maths Reasoning Practice Materials see here
English Reasoning Practice Materials see here
CEM Practice Materials see here

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 2014 are shown below.

School Gender Places Open Events
Aylesbury Grammar School Boys 180 in Year 7 6-8pm 22nd Sept.
6-8pm 23 Sept.
9:30-11am 17th Sept.
9:30-11am 20th Oct.
9:30-11am 21st Oct.
Aylesbury High School Girls 180 in Year 7 5-8pm 7th July
6-9pm 24th Sept.
9:30-11am 26th Sept.
9:30-11am 21st Oct.
Beaconsfield High School Girls 150 in Year 7 4-8pm 7th July
9:30am-1:30pm 15th Sept.
9:30am-1:30pm 16th Sept.
Burnham Grammar School Co-educational 150 in Year 7 5:30-9pm 3rd July
9:30am-1pm 14th Oct.
9:30am-1pm 15th Oct.
9:30am-1pm 16th Oct.
Chesham Grammar School Co-educational 180 in Year 7 6-8pm 24th Sept.
6-8pm 25th Sept.
Dr. Challoners Grammar School Boys 180 in Year 7. 7-9pm 17th Sept.
7-9pm 18th Sept.
Dr. Challoners High School Girls 150 in Year 7 6-9pm 18th Sept.
9:30-11am 23rd Sept.
John Hampden Grammar School Boys 150 in Year 7 6-9pm 23 Sept.
6-9pm 25th Sept.
9:30-10:30am 2nd Oct.
9:30-10:30am 17th Oct.
Royal Grammar School Boys 182 day in Year 7 & 10 boarding 6-8:30pm 15th Sept.
2-3:30pm 16th Sept.
6-8:30pm 16th Sept.
The Royal Latin School Co-educational 174 in Year 7 4:30-8pm 3rd July
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School Co-educational 150 in Year 7 9:45-11am daily between 13th-17th Oct.
9:45-11am 23rd Sept.
9:45-11am 25th Sept.
9:45-11am 7th Oct.
9:45-11am 9th Oct.
6-8:30pm 2nd July
6-8:30pm 16th Sept.
Sir William Borlase School Co-educational 120 in Year 7 6-9pm 25th Sept.
Wycombe High School Girls 180 in Year 7 Tours can be arranged Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 am to 10.45 am, please contact school to book.

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. 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 9th May 2014.

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