Bromley 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 only two grammar schools in the London Borough of Bromley – St. Olaves for boys and Newstead Wood for girls. Many children applying to these schools will also be applying to grammar schools in Bexley and Kent.
St. Olave’s Grammar School
St. Olave’s Grammar school offers 124 places for boys only. Girls are admitted to the Sixth Form. Each year up to four additional places may be offered on the basis of academic ability and tenure of a choristership at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy.
The first 124 in rank order will be offered places. In the case where aggregate test scores are tied, then an offer will be based on the scores for the maths test.
Boys may sit the entrance test if their eleventh birthday falls between 1st September and 31st August inclusive of the academic year in which the September test is set. If their tenth birthday falls within this period, boys may take the test for entry into the School one academic year early provided a letter of recommendation is received from the Headteacher of their primary school and they are in Year 6 at Primary School.
Applications for places in Year 7 should be made by the due date on the Common Application Form provided by the London Borough of Bromley. In addition a Supplementary Information Form, which can be obtained directly from the school should also be completed.
Admissions Information for September 2017 Entry
|Closing date for applications||Friday 1st July 2016|
|Places||124 boys in year 7|
|Open Day||Saturday 25th June 2016 9.00am to 1.00pm|
|11+ test dates||Stage 1: 16th September 2016|
|Stage 2: 11th November 2016|
|Test Types||Stage 1 – The School’s Selective Eligibility Test (SET)
English Comprehension, Mathematics and Logic (Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning)
All questions are multiple choice.
Stage 2 – English – 1 hour
(comprehension in multiple choice format and a creative writing exercise/essay);
Equal marks for both sections.
see info and sample paper
|Maths – 1 hour
consists of standard format questions increasing in difficulty . Up to and including level 4 of National Curriculum. However, the questions will test problem solving skills.
see info and sample paper
|Pass Mark||The children who pass the first test are invited to take part in the 2nd stage. Scores will be standardised and aggregated The first 124 will be offered a place. In the event of a tie a rank order will be determined using the performance in the Mathematics paper then creative writing and then English multiple choice.|
|Allocations Day||1st March 2017|
|Links||Bromley Admissions Information|
|St. Olave’s Grammar School|
|Recommended Practice Materials||English|
Newstead Wood School
Newstead Wood School (for Girls) became an Academy in April 2011. It offers 160 places in Year 7 and is heavily over-subscribed with around 1010 applications in 2013 and 913 applications in 2012.
Applications must be made by completing your Local Authority’s Common Application Form, placing Newstead Wood School for Girls as one of your preferences. Your CAF must be returned to your own Local Authority by the stipulated date. In addition you must also complete Newstead’s Wood School’s own Supplementary Information Form (SIF) available on the schools website. This must be returned to the School by closing date for applications. You are advised to return the Supplementary Information Form to Newstead by hand. If you post the form, then only a Guaranteed Delivery Service will be accepted as proof of posting (faxed or emailed forms are not accepted.)
Applications will be considered in three groups: Group 1) Girls who live within a nine mile radius of the school. Parents will be required to provide documentary evidence of their child’s residency. Group 2) Girls of a member of Newstead Wood staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission is made and who live outside the nine mile radius. Group 3) Girls who do not fall within the first or second group.
All girls in the first group will be invited to sit the selection tests. The results of these tests will be considered and the applicants placed in rank order and a sufficient number of girls names will be forwarded to the London Borough of Bromley’s Schools Admissions Department who will offer places according to the coordinated admission arrangements until all places have been filled. Girls who fall below the cut-off score will automatically be placed on the reserve list for entry. Parents of these girls may withdraw them from the reserve list if they so wish.
The second group will only be invited to sit the selection tests if places are still available after the initial process. This has not happened to date due to the higher volume of applicants.
Admissions Information for September 2017 entry
|Places||160 girls in year 7|
|Closing dates||22nd July 2016 For Schools Form (SIF).
31st October 2016 – For CAF form
|Open Day||Saturday 24th September 2016 9.30 am – 12.30 pm|
|11+ test dates||Friday 30th September 2016
(The test will run in a number of sessions throughout the day)
|Test Types||Verbal Reasoning & Non-Verbal Reasoning, both multiple choice format|
|Examiner||GL Assessment (NFER)|
|11+ Test Results||Friday 14th October 2016|
|Pass Mark||Places allocated according to highest score. In the event of a tie, candidates will be ranked according to their Non verbal reasoning score, and if there is still a tie, then according to the highest score in the later sections of the Non Verbal Reasoning paper.|
|Appeals||Requests for appeal packs must be sent to the school, to be received no later than (TBC).
For September 2013 entry, 8 appeals were heard, all 8 were rejected.
|Links||Bromley Admissions Information|
|Recommended Practice Materials||Verbal Reasoning|
|Non Verbal Reasoning|
For more information about the content of past papers and for appropriate practice materials please visit the Bexley & Bromley section of our 11+ Forum.
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 12th October 2016