11 Plus Schools

Bexley 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.

Effective from 2013 onwards, the London Borough of Bexley made important changes to the borough’s selection tests for its four grammar schools. Parents now have to inform the school or Local Authority of their wish for their child to sit the exam (this process includes an online registration).

All children must be registered on line for the test regardless of where they live. This includes all children attending primary schools in Bexley as they are no longer automatically sit the test.
Children who attend Bexley primary schools normally sit the test at their own school. There are a few exceptions (e.g. Catholic primary schools )where children are invited to a test centre, i.e. one of the four grammar schools.

For more information on the changes please refer to this helpful information sheet from London Borough of Bexley here

Please also see the London Borough of Bexley website here
Sample questions can be found on their website here

The Bexley tests from 2014 will be in CEM 11 Plus format, as written by CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) of Durham University.

The tests will include Verbal Ability (verbal reasoning,vocabulary, comprehension) Non-verbal reasoning, English comprehension and Numerical reasoning (Mathematical problem solving). (Previously the test was GL Assessment, Maths and Verbal Reasoning multiple choice.)

There will be two 45 minute tests; the papers will be divided into smaller individually timed sections. Each paper will consist of a mixture of questions from the four subjects. The questions will be multiple choice.

Children will take both tests on the same morning/afternoon with a break of 30 minutes in between. Each test lasts one hour, including examples and then 45 minutes to answer the questions.

Familiarisation materials will be sent to all applicants.

Please see other areas already administering the CEM 11 Plus test for examples of the test: Birmingham and Warwickshire. Please note that the CEM 11 plus exam is written specific to each school or region, therefore not all CEM 11 plus exams will be the same, but there will be similarities.

Please also see this thread from our forum

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General Admissions Information for Entry in September 2018

Closing date for applications 9th July 2017 – for online test registration
Open events Please see individual schools’ information below
11+ test dates Tuesday 12th or Wednesday 13th September 2017
All children who attend a primary school in Bexley will sit the test on the morning of 13th September, either in their own school or in a test centre. All other children will be invited to a morning or afternoon session on either 12th or 13th September at a secondary school in Bexley.
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)
There will be two test papers of approx 50 mins each; each one containing a mixture of mainly multiple choice questions, divided into timed sections. The questions in each paper will be a mixture of the above subjects. A few maths questions will not be multiple choice
Examiner CEM 11 Plus – University of Durham
Results by 5th October 2017
Pass Mark 216 is the selective score in 2016 (214 last year). There are 800 places available in all four schools. The top 180 children with highest scores are guaranteed a place at their preferred school. The highest possible score is 280, the lowest is 140. The rest of the places will be allocated according to the over-subscription criteria; the deciding factor in most cases will be proximity. If any places are left then a place will be offered to those who score 1 mark below the qualifying score, then 2 marks below etc.
Children will be given a separate age standardised score for each subject and one total age standardised score. The score weighting is 50% for verbal ability, 25% for numerical ability 25% for non-verbal ability.
In 2016, 5685 children sat the test and 1753 deemed selective. The top 180 scorers achieved 247 or more.
In 2015, 5499 children sat the test and 1678 achieved the selective standard.
In 2013, 5000 children sat the test, 1475 achieved the score.
In 2012, 4900 children sat the test, 1411 achieved the qualifying score.
Allocations 1st March 2018
Admissions London Borough of Bexley
Tel: 020 8303 7777
Email: schooladmissions@bexley.gov.uk
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School Information

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Bexley Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 192 Tuesday 17th October 2017 8.45am-10.45am
Wednesday 18th October 2017 8.45am-10.45am
Wednesday 18th October 2017 5pm-8pm
Beths Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 192 TBC
Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 192 Friday 13th & Monday 16th October 2017
Townley Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Girls 224 Thursday 12th & Thursday 19th October 2017

Allocations (Distance)

SL = Straight line
WR = Walking route
ALL= All selective applicants offered places

School 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Beths Grammar 5.7 miles SL 8 miles SL 6.9 miles SL 8.6 miles WR 5.8 miles WR
Bexley Grammar 2.2 miles SL 3.4 miles SL 3.9 miles SL 2.6 miles WR 3.9 miles WR
Chislehurst & Sidcup 4.4 miles SL 4.3 miles SL 5.99 miles SL 6.99 miles WR 6.2 miles WR
Townley Grammar ALL 8.1 miles WR ALL ALL ALL

Appeals Information

School 2016 2016 2015 2015 2014 2014
No. Heard No. Upheld No. Heard No. Upheld No. Heard No. Upheld
Beths Grammar 14 0 11 0 23 1
Bexley Grammar 33 0 13 0 17 0
Chislehurst & Sidcup 23 0 18 1 32 0
Townley Grammar 14 0 20 0 10 0

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.

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Page updated on 2nd May 2017


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