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 2018 entry

Closing date for applications 30th June 2017 at 3pm (open 8th May 2017 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 2017 for the Common Application Form
11+ test dates Thursday 14th September 2017
Preparation Test: Tuesday 12th September 2017 (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 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)
Examiners CEM (Durham University)
Test Results 13th October 2017
Pass Mark In 2016 a standardised score of 121 or more was set by CEM in agreement with the grammar schools. A pupil’s score on all 6 sections of the two tests are added together and the total score is then age standardised . The score will be the sum of:
50% of the standardised score of the verbal sections
30% of the standardised score of the numerical sections
20% of the standardised score of the non-verbal sections
The current process produces standardised scores of between 0 and 199. Around 30% achieve the qualifying score of 121.
For children who do not attain a score of 121 or more, can ask for a Selection Review. A Selection Review is an opportunity for your to explain in writing to a panel of Headteachers why your child is suited to a grammar school. Selection Reviews take place between November – January 2017. Results given in February 2018.
Standardised Score Yes
Allocations Day March 2018
Links Buckinghamshire Admissions Information
Tel: 01296 383250
Email: admissions@buckscc.gov.uk
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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 2017 are shown below.

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Aylesbury Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 186 in Year 7 Monday 10th July 2017 6pm-8pm
Monday 18th September 2017 6pm-8pm
Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th October 2017 9.30am-11am
Aylesbury High School Admissions Policy 2018 Girls 180 in Year 7 Tuesday 11th July 2017 5.30pm-8pm
Thursday 13th July 2017 9am-11am
Thursday 21st September 2017 5.30pm-8pm
Friday 29th September 2017 9am-11am
Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th October 2017 9am-11am
Beaconsfield High School Admissions Policy 2018 Girls 180 in Year 7 Tuesday 26th September 2017 4pm-7.30pm
Wednesday 27th September 2017 11am-1pm
Thursday 28th September 2017 9.15am-11.15am
Burnham Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 150 in Year 7 Friday 29th September 2017 5.45pm-8.45pm
Thursday 12th, Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th October 2017 9.30am-1pm
Chesham Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 180 in Year 7 Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th September 2017 6pm-8pm
Dr. Challoners Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 180 in Year 7 Tuesday 19th September 2017 5pm-8pm
Thursday 19th October 2017 9.30am-11am
Dr. Challoners High School Admissions Policy Girls 180 in Year 7 Wednesday 5th July 2017 9am-11am
Thursday 21st September 2017 at 6pm-8.30pm
Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 9am-11am
Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 9am-11am
John Hampden Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 150 in Year 7 Wednesday 20th September 2017 4pm-8pm
Monday 16th & Wednesday 18th October 2017 9.30am-10.30am
Royal Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 182 day in Year 7 & 10 boarding Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th September 2017 6pm-8.30pm
Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th October 2017 10am-11.30am
The Royal Latin School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 174 in Year 7 Thursday 22nd June 2017 4.30pm-8pm
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 150 in Year 7 Thursday 6th July 2017 5.30pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 20th September 2017 9.30am-11am
Thursday 28th September 2017 5.30pm-8.30pm
Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 12th October 2017 9.30am-11am
Monday 16th to Thursday 19th October 2017 9.30am-11am
Sir William Borlase School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 120 in Year 7 Thursday 21st September 2017 5pm-8.30pm
Wycombe High School Admissions Policy 2018 Girls 192 in Year 7 Thursday 6th July 2017 4.30pm-8pm
Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th October 2017 10am-12.30pm

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 25th June 2017


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