11 Plus Schools

Essex — Redbridge 11 Plus

The Schools Admissions Code, that came into effect in 2012, stated that by law, schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for the Common Application form (CAF) on October 31st .

There are two grammar schools in the London Borough of Redbridge – Ilford County High School for Boys and Woodford County High School for Girls. Both schools are heavily over-subscribed, with as many as 850 applicants for 120 places at each. Note that to apply for 11+ testing at both schools you should be resident in their common catchment area. If the 240 places available cannot be filled by qualified applicants from within Redbridge, non-resident children will be invited to take the test. However, given the number of in-catchment children applying for the test, that is extremely unlikely to happen. In the last five years, no places have been offered outside the catchment area.

Admissions for both schools are managed by Redbridge Council. Definitive information about the Redbridge test was hard to come by until the start of September 2010. Neither school publishes its admission policy or procedures online, simply referring the reader to Redbridge Council’s own website.

Children who take the Redbridge test when they are in primary school will not be re-tested, so your child only gets “one bite of the cherry”. There are no waiting lists for either school beyond the September of Year 7 admission. Parents should also note that, in the experience of our appeals team on the 11+ forum is that school appeals in Redbridge are exceptionally difficult to win.

Woodford County High School and Ilford County High School are part of a group of Grammar schools who will be using a common admissions test on the same date. The other schools in this group are Chelmsford County High School, The Latymer School, the Slough Consortium schools, Reading School and Kendrick. There are other schools in the wider geographical area that will use the same test. Applicants to these schools may only take the test once . The raw marks will be shared with the schools. If a child is found to have taken the test twice, the raw scores for the first attempt will be used.

Admissions Information for September 2017 entry

The 11 plus exam will be held at Woodford County High School and at Ilford County High School.

Closing date for applications 30th June 2016 at 5pm
Parents register for the tests online
11+ test dates Saturday 10th September 2016
Location of test Boys will take the test at Ilford County High
Girls will take the test at Woodford County High
Test Types Verbal ability (tests vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning)
Numerical reasoning (tests the ability to solve mathematical problems)
Non-verbal reasoning (tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other)
Familiarisation paper
Examiners CEM (Durham University)
Pass Mark Variable. Those who achieve the top 180 scores will be offered a place
Results 17 October 2016 by email
Allocations 1st March 2017
Admissions Information Redbridge Borough Council Tel: 0208 708 3562/3140
Email: elevenplus@redbridge.gov.uk
Recommended Practice Materials CEM Practice Materials

School Information

School Gender Places Open Events
Ilford County High School Boys 120 Thursday 23rd June 2016 6pm-8.30pm
Woodford County High School Girls 180 Thursday 23rd June 2016 6pm-8.30pm

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 30th October 2016

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