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 Free School that opened in Winslow in September 2013, the Sir Thomas Fremantle Secondary School. The school’s admissions are also handled by 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 within the county 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 Review or Appeal against non-qualification. School places are allocated by distance from school gates with defined catchment areas that receive priority.

Online registration for testing opens in early May each year and closes at the end of June. (See below for exact dates for the current round of admissions.)

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 than the real test 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. Places are not reserved for candidates taking these tests, so availability depends on vacancies arising in each year group. The number of places available has declined significantly in recent years.

Important changes to Admissions 2019 onwards

For 2018 testing/2019 admission the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools will be reverting to using GL Assessment as the supplier for the test, following 5 years of testing by Durham CEM. See the press release here

The schools have stated that the test will comprise verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, and it will not therefore mean a return to the previous, discredited, GL test featuring the so-called “21 types of VR”. A further announcement will be made in November 2017 about the test content, but it is expected to be similar to current CEM content.

Further information about testing and admissions for 2019 will be published during the summer on the Bucks CC website here

Testing for 2018 admission

The test provider for the current round of admissions remains Durham CEM.

There are 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 2019 entry

Closing date for applications 28th June 2018 at 3pm (open 1st May 2018 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 2018 for the Common Application Form
11+ test dates Thursday 13th September 2018
Preparation Test: Tuesday 11th September 2018 – two practice test papers each lasting about 25-30 minutes containing questions that are similar to those they will encounter in the Secondary Transfer Test
Test Types The Secondary Transfer Test will continue to comprise two test papers. The first paper will include comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning questions. The second paper will include non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions. This will be the same each year, although the questions will be different. Children will answer questions on separate answer sheets.
Each Secondary Transfer Test paper will take about 45 minutes. This means that it can be administered in under an hour including the introduction and examples.
Examiners GL Assessment
Test Results 12th October 2018
Pass Mark The test does not have a pass mark. Instead there is a qualifying score for admission to grammar school. The qualifying score for Buckinghamshire grammar schools will continue to be a Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS) of 121 or above. The STTS is calculated by age-standardising the three section scores and then adding them using the following weightings: verbal – 50%; mathematical – 25%; non-verbal – 25%. The total is the STTS
Standardised Score Yes
Allocations Day March 2019
Links Buckinghamshire Admissions Information
Tel: 01296 383250
Email: admissions@buckscc.gov.uk
Recommended Materials this will be updated soon

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 2018 are shown below.

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Aylesbury Grammar School Draft Admissions Policy 2019 Boys 186 in Year 7 TBA
Aylesbury High School Draft Admissions Policy 2019 Girls 180 in Year 7 Thursday 25 January 2018 9.15am-11.00am
Thursday 15 March 2018 9.15am-11.00am
Thursday 12 July 2018 9.15am-11.00am
Tuesday 10 July 20185.30pm-7.30pm
Beaconsfield High School Admissions Policy 2019: TBA Girls TBC in Year 7 TBA
Burnham Grammar School Admissions Policy 2019: TBA Mixed TBC in Year 7 TBA
Chesham Grammar School Admissions Policy 2019: TBA Mixed TBC in Year 7 TBA
Dr. Challoners Grammar School Admissions Policy 2019: TBA Boys TBC in Year 7 Thursday January 25 2018 9.15am
Tuesday March 13 2018 9.15am
Thursday July 12 2018 9.15am
Dr. Challoners High School Admissions Policy 2019: TBA Girls TBC in Year 7 Friday 19th January 2018 9.20am-10.50am
Wednesday 4th July 2018 9.20am-10.50am
Thursday 20th September 2018 6.15pm-8pm
Tuesday 25th September 2018 9.20am-10.50am
Tuesday 16th October 2018 9.20am-10.50am
John Hampden Grammar School Draft Admissions Policy 2019 Boys 180 in Year 7 TBA
Royal Grammar School Draft Admissions Policy 2019 Boys 182 day in Year 7 & 10 boarding TBA
The Royal Latin School Draft Admissions Policy 2019 Mixed 174 in Year 7 TBA
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School Admissions Policy 2019: TBA Mixed TBC in Year 7 TBA
Sir William Borlase School Draft Admissions Policy 2019 Mixed 120 in Year 7 TBA
Wycombe High School Draft Admissions Policy 2019 Girls 192 in Year 7 Thursday 5th Junly 2018 5.30pm-7.15pm

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 Wye 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.
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Page updated on 6th January 2018


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