Grammar Schools

Grammar Schools

The following is a list of the main grammar schools targeted by parents who send their children to Smart Learning Tuition. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list and children often sit entrance exams for other schools also (e.g. Watford, Kendrick, Reading, etc.). Click on the links below for more information about each school.

Please note: While the information on these pages are believed to be correct at the time of writing, some details may have subsequently changed. You are advised to also visit the websites of the various schools to obtain the latest information. (Updated March 2017)


Kingston upon Thames Schools
Tiffin (Boys)

Address: Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 6RL
Tel: 020 8546 4638
Email: office@tiffin.kingston.sch.uk
Places: 180 places in Year 7.
Test Types:
Tiffin School operates a two-stage test procedure.

  • Stage 1 (pre-selection tests): English and Maths papers.
    This will determine the number of applicants invited back to sit the Stage 2 test.
  • Stage 2: Maths and English (Reading and Writing).

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Priority Area: 14 km radius from the school.
Click here to see if you are within this area.

Places will be allocated on the following basis:

  1. To a boy who has an education, health and care (EHC) plan, or a Statement of Special Educational Needs and who has demonstrated his ability and aptitude through the testing process.
  2. Places will then be allocated on the basis of selection by ability as demonstrated in Tiffin School’s test procedure in rank order of the combined score within the appropriate category listed below and in the following order:
    1. Boys whose permanent place of residence is within the Priority Area.
    2. Boys whose permanent place of residence is outside the Priority Area.
Website: www.tiffinschool.co.uk

The Tiffin Girls’

Address: Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5PL
Tel: 020 8546 0773
Email: admissions@tiffingirls.org
Places: 180 places in Year 7.
Test Types:
The Tiffin Girls’ School operates a two stage test procedure.

  • Stage 1 (preselection tests): English and Maths papers.
    Both will be multiple-choice style tests.
    This will determine the number of applicants invited back to sit the Stage 2 test.
    Marks from the Stage 1 do not contribute to the final score.
  • Stage 2: Maths and English (Reading and Writing). Admission to the school will be determined by academic ability by reference to the Stage 2 Test only.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

The Inner Area which comprises the following electoral wards:
Berrylands
Beverley
Canbury
Coombe Hill
Coombe Vale
Grove
Norbiton
St Mark’s
Tudor
Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside

The Designated Area:
KT1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19
TW1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
SW13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20
W3, 4, 5, 7, 13
UB1, 2
SM4
CR4

Places will be allocated on the following basis:

  1. Up to 60 girls whose mark in the Stage 2 Test is higher than or equal to the 250th ranked mark of all applicants who sat the Stage 2 Test and who are:
    1. Currently Looked after Children and previously Looked After Children whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area or the Designated Area.
    2. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area and who qualify for receipt of Pupil Premium Funding at the time of registering to take the Stage 1 Test,
    3. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area.
    4. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Designated Area and who qualify for receipt of Pupil Premium Funding at the time of registering to take the Stage 1 Test.
  2. The remaining places will be allocated from all applicants who sat the Stage 2 Test in the following order:
    1. Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Designated Area.
    2. Girls whose permanent place of residence is outside the Designated Area.

Any younger sister of a student is deemed to reside within the Designated Area for the purpose of these admissions arrangements at the time of an application provided that:

  1. the Older Sister will still be on roll at the School when the Younger Sister starts at the School
  2. the Younger Sister has the same permanent place of residence as the Older Sister
Website: www.tiffingirls.kingston.sch.uk

Slough Schools
The four grammar schools in Slough (Langley Grammar School, Herschel Grammar School, St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School) operate as a consortium for the purposes of 11+ testing. The schools use a common 11+ entrance examination and administer it according to common procedures. A child sits just one 11+ examination, irrespective of how many of the Slough Consortium grammar schools parents are applying to.

You must complete the online registration form which can be accessed from the websites of any of the Consortium grammar schools or at www.sloughconsortium.org.uk. There will be four examination centres in Slough and your child will be allocated a centre on the basis of their primary school and postcode. You will be advised of your allocated test centre and test arrangements before the end of the summer term.

Herschel, Upton Court and Langley Grammar Schools are enormously over–subscribed, with approximately 10 applicants for every place. St. Bernard’s Grammar School receives approximately 3 applications for every place.

Test Types
The Consortium 11+ entrance examination is provided by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at the University of Durham. The examination consists of two separate papers, each approximately 60-65 minutes in duration, containing a variety of questions which will test verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability; the interpretation of verbal reasoning is broad and includes comprehension and reading skills. The papers are split up into smaller timed sections.

Questions on both papers have a range of answer formats. Pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet which is marked by computer and must be filled in exactly as directed in the instructions.

Standardisation
The papers are marked centrally by CEM who then carry out a standardisation process. Standardisation is a statistical procedure whereby raw scores (number of questions answered correctly) are converted to standardised scores to make it fair for candidates of all ages. The standardisation takes into account how a child has performed compared with the average performance of all the children taking each test in the Consortium and how the child has performed in each test compared with children of the same age.

The procedure results in a fair score for all children whether born at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the academic year. Children do not have marks added because they are born in August, or taken away if they have a September birthday – it isn’t as simple as that! Standardisation also means that it is possible for children to score high marks whilst getting some questions wrong or failing to complete all questions.

Other schools using the same test
Some parents in Slough and other parts of Berkshire may be considering other schools, including either Kendrick School (girls) or Reading School (boys), in addition to one or more Slough grammar schools on the Common Application Form.

The 11+ entrance examination used by the Slough Consortium, Reading and Kendrick Schools is a common paper used by a number of grammar schools, sat on the same day. Candidates who are interested in applying to any of these schools can only sit the entrance examination once. If you are interested in more than one school, you MUST register with EACH school, according to their admissions policy and indicate where your child will sit the test. Your child’s scores can only be shared with those schools for which they are registered.

In addition to the four Slough consortium schools, Reading School and Kendrick School, there are other, more geographically distant schools that use the same test on the same day.

If a child is registered for more than one school, parents would receive results from each school for which the child is registered. These standardised results may be different for each school, as the same raw score is being compared with the scores of a different cohort of children.

Parents who are considering registration for the Slough Consortium and any other school using the same test on the same day must read the registration form carefully and select the centre at which they wish the child to sit the test. Requests for scores to be shared cannot be changed after registration closes. Scores cannot be retrospectively shared between schools after the standardisation process has taken place.

Pass mark
The 11+ entrance examination is designed to identify pupils who would be suited to a grammar school education. A score of 111 or greater means that a pupil is eligible to be considered for a place in a grammar school if they were to apply.

If a grammar school is oversubscribed – i.e. has more applicants than it has places available – places will be offered according to the criteria set out in the individual school’s Admissions Policy. A score of 111 in itself is therefore not a guarantee of a place.

You should be aware that the four grammar schools have different criteria under which they will offer places if they are oversubscribed. This may involve offering places in rank order, according to distance from the school, or some other criteria. You must check the admissions policy of each school, and address any questions you may have to the school concerned.


Langley Grammar School

Address: Reddington Drive, Langley, Berkshire SL3 7QS
Tel: 01753 598300
Email: school@lgs.slough.sch.uk
Places: 180 places in Year 7.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

The Admissions arrangements for Langley Grammar School set out a Priority Area 1 (Inner), Priority Area 2 (Outer) and Priority Area 3 (General), all defined by postcode.

  • Priority Area 1 comprises postcode areas SL3 7, SL3 8, SL3 0 and SL3 9.
  • Priority Area 2 includes postcodes covering SL0, SL1, SL2, the remainder of SL3, SL4, TW18, TW19 and TW20. UB3, UB4, UB7, UB8 and UB10 are also in this outer area.
  • Priority Area 3 includes SL5, SL6, SL7, SL8 and SL9; TW3, TW4, TW5, TW7, TW13, TW14 and TW15; UB1, UB2, UB5, UB6 and UB9; HA1, HA2, HA3, HA4, HA5 and HA6; W5, W7 and W13; RG12 and RG42.

Places are offered in the following order:

  1. Applicants with a permanent home address within the local Priority Area 1, who have achieved the eligibility of score of 111 in the 11+ entrance examination.
  2. Applicants living in Priority Area 2. These are are prioritised in the following order:
    1. Eligibility for Pupil Premium funding
    2. Children of permanent members of staff
    3. Rank order of performance in the examination
  3. After all eligible applicants from Priority Areas 1 and 2 have been considered, any remaining places will be allocated to children living in Priority Area 3 in rank order of performance in the 11+ examination.
Website: www.lgs.slough.sch.uk

Herschel Grammar School

Address: Northampton Avenue, Slough, Berkshire SL1 3BW
Tel: 01753 520950
Email: mail@herschel.slough.sch.uk
Places: 150 places in Year 7.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

  1. Up to 30 places will be offered to eligible applicants with a permanent home address within 10 miles of the school who are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
  2. The next 60% of the remaining pupils in rank order of performance in the tests
  3. Children of permanent members of the school staff who have been continuously employed by the school for a period of not less than 2 years prior to the closing date for applications.
  4. Proximity to the school.
Website: www.herschel.slough.sch.uk

St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School

Address: 1 Langley Road, Slough, Berkshire SL3 7AF
Tel: 01753 527020
Email: admissions@st-bernards.slough.sch.uk
Places: 120 places in Year 7.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

  1. Catholic Looked After children.
  2. Practising Catholic children.
  3. Catholic children.
  4. All other Looked After children.
  5. Practising Orthodox children.
  6. Orthodox children.
  7. Children of Staff.
  8. Practising Other Christian children.
  9. Other Christian children.
  10. Practising members of Other Faiths.
  11. Members of Other Faiths.
  12. Any other children.

For each category the school will determine an order of priority based on:

  1. Children currently in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
  2. On the child’s score in the Selective Tests.
Website: www.st-bernards.slough.sch.uk

Upton Court Grammar School

Address: Lascelles Road, Upton, Berkshire SL3 7PR
Tel: 01753 522892
Email: office@uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk
Places: 165 places in Year 7.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

  1. Up to 15 places will be offered to applicants who are currently eligible, or have been eligible within the previous six years, for Free School Meals (Pupil Premium). If the number of applicants in this category is greater than 15, places will be offered in rank order according to 11+ score, and then distance from the school.
  2. Children of members of staff who have been employed at Upton Court Educational Trust for 2 years or more prior to submission of the Common Application Form (CAF).
  3. Children that are currently attending for 1 year or more prior to the submission of the Common Application Form (CAF) at a primary phase school within Upton Court Educational Trust (currently includes Foxborough Primary School and Trevelyan Middle School).
  4. The next 120 Pupils in rank order of performance in the 11+ tests.
  5. Proximity to the school, nearest first, measured ‘as the crow flies’ from the main entrance of the school to the front door of the child’s home address.
Website: www.uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk

North London Schools
Queen Elizabeth’s School (Boys)

Address: Queen’s Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 4DQ
Tel: 020 8441 4646
Email: admissions@qebarnet.co.uk
Places: 180 places in Year 7.
Test Types: Each candidate will sit two test papers in a single session. Both tests will be in a multiple choice format, one containing questions on English, and the other containing questions on Mathematics.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

No catchment area.

Places will be offered to the 180 applicants placed highest in the list obtained by ranking applicants in the order of their combined scores in the selection tests.

Candidates achieving a combined score of 210 or higher will be deemed to have met the standard required to be eligible to be considered for admission to the School. However, it is likely that more than 180 boys will achieve this minimum score. The following table gives data for entrance tests held since the current admissions criteria were adopted. This table is for guidance only and does not guarantee that a place will be offered.

  Number Taking Test Number achieving 210
Number of Applicants Lowest Score Gaining Admission
2013 1631 575 717 227
2014 1985 718 830 223
2015 1946 699 837 222
2016 2204 770 869 226
Website: www.qebarnet.co.uk

The Henrietta Barnett School (Girls)

Address: Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7BN
Tel: 020 8458 8999
Email: office@hbschool.org.uk
Places: 93 in Year 7. The School receives in excess of 2000 applicants each year for Year 7. In 2015-2016, 2160 applications were received.

Test Types:

The Entrance Test consists of two rounds.

  • Round 1: Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning set by CEM Durham University. The results of these papers will be combined, standardised and placed in rank order. The top 300 candidates will be invited back to sit the second round of tests.
  • Round 2: English and Mathematics. The English paper will include extension questions to test comprehension and creative writing skills. The Maths paper will include extension questions to test problem solving skills. Candidates will be asked to apply their skills and knowledge to new situations.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

No catchment area.

The results from both rounds of tests will be combined, standardised and placed in rank order. Offers will be made to the highest ranked applicants in accordance with parental preference.

The school will inform parents of candidates who have sat the Second Round Tests stating one of the following:

  1. The candidate has achieved a score which meets the standard required to be eligible for consideration for admission to the School (Band A or B candidates),
    or:
  2. The candidate has achieved a score which does not meet the standard required, and is therefore not eligible to be considered for admission to the School (Band C candidates).

Offers will be made in the following order:

  1. A ‘looked after’ child if she is ranked in the top 300 applicants in the tests.
  2. Up to 20 candidates who are eligible for Pupil Premium and are ranked in the top 300 applicants.
  3. All remaining candidates in rank score order.
Website: www.hbschool.org.uk

Sutton Schools

The following schools run a joint initial Stage One Selective Eligibility Test (SET):

  • Sutton Grammar School (boys)
  • Wilson’s School (boys)
  • Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • Wallington County Grammar School (boys)
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Greenshaw High School (mixed) – this is a partially selective school with 60 places allocated based on academic ability

The Selective Eligibility Test consists of two multiple choice style papers; a Maths paper and an English paper. Each paper will be about 45 minutes long. It is the total score that determines whether your child has passed the test: so for example, a very good performance in English can compensate for one that is a little weaker in Maths.

For a place at one of the above schools you must register your child to take the Selective Eligibility Test by completing the online Registration Form. This online Registration Form can be accessed via the websites of any of the participating schools. You only need to complete the online Registration Form once. This is the case no matter how many of the participating schools you are interested in.

All six participating schools will be hosting the Selective Eligibility Test at their schools during the same time periods on the same day. About a week before the test date you will be notified by email of the test centre your child should attend, along with other details needed to sit the test. Regardless of your preferences, girls will be allocated to sit the test at either Nonsuch High School for Girls, Wallington High School for Girls or Greenshaw High School. Boys will be allocated to sit the test at one of Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wilson’s School or Greenshaw High School. In general candidates will be allocated their nearest venue by reference to their post code. Boy/girl twins or siblings will be allocated to sit the test at Greenshaw High School irrespective of your post code. The school your child attends to sit the Selective Eligibility Test has no relevance to your preferences for a school place.

The following schools also have Second Stage tests.

  • Sutton Grammar School
  • Wilson’s School
  • Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • Wallington High School for Girls

Wallington County Grammar School and Greenshaw High School do not have Second Stage tests.

Sutton Grammar School and Wilson’s School will have one common second stage entrance test. This means that candidates who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test only need to sit one Second Stage Examination, the outcome of which will be used to determine eligibility to be considered for a place at each of the schools. It is important to note that Wilson’s School and Sutton Grammar School have different Admissions Criteria and different methods of combining the scores from the SET and Second Stage Examinations and of calculating the final outcome of the entrance tests for our respective schools. This means that it is possible that a boy may pass the examinations for one of our schools and not for the other. The school your child attends to sit the Second Stage Examination has no relevance to your preferences for a school place.

Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls have a common Second Stage test. Both the test and the criteria applied to be of selective ability will be common to both schools. All girls who have passed the Selective Eligibility Test will receive an invitation to sit the Nonsuch and Wallington Education Trust Second Stage Entrance Examinations (known as NWETSSEE). The NWETSSEE will be held at Nonsuch High School for Girls. If your daughter is deemed to be of selective ability, you will be able to name either or both schools on your CAF in your chosen order of preference. The outcome of the second stage entrance examinations will be emailed to parents/carers by the end of October (in advance of the deadline for completion of the CAF).


Sutton Grammar School (Boys)
Address: Manor Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4AS
Tel: 020 8642 3821
Email: admissions@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk
Places: 135 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a boy is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2: An English test and a Mathematics test. They will not be multiple choice. One common test with Wilson’s School.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

The ranking order for places will be determined as follows:

The results from the Selective Eligibility Test will be carried forward and combined with the results from the second stage tests. Four standardised scores will be calculated using:

  1. the multiple choice items from the English paper on the Selective Eligibility Test
  2. the multiple choice items from the Mathematics paper on the Selective Eligibility Test
  3. the English paper in the second stage test
  4. the Mathematics paper in the second stage test.

The four standardised scores will be weighted in the ratio 2:2:3:3, adjusted for age, and the total rounded to the nearest four marks to give the final score.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Boys who are deemed to be ‘looked after’.
  2. 75 places by rank order of the scores in the selection tests where the home
    address of the boy is in one of the postcodes (SM1-7, KT4, KT17, CR0 4, CR4).
  3. 60 places (plus any remaining places in criterion 2 if the number of qualified boys in criterion 2 is less than the 75 on offer) by rank order of the scores in the
    selection tests from any home address.
  4. Proximity of the boy’s home address from the school (where scores are equal).
Website: www.suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk

Wilson’s School (Boys)
Address: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
Tel: 020 8773 2931
Email: admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk
Places: 180 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a boy is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2: An English test and a Mathematics test. They will not be multiple choice. One common test with Sutton Grammar School.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

The rank order of the entrance tests will be determined on the basis of the aggregate scores of the SET and the two elements of the Second Stage Entrance Examination for Wilson’s School in the ratio 1:2:2. Appropriate adjustment for age will be considered before the aggregate score is calculated.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Looked After Children by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.
  2. 10 places for boys eligible to receive Free School Meals by rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.
  3. Remaining places including any unallocated places under criterion 2 will be allocated to boys according to their position in the rank order of standardised score in the entrance tests.

Where candidates have the same rank order and where the admission of all would exceed the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following order:

  1. To candidates whose permanent home address is within the London Borough of Sutton in the order of the distance of their home address (with those living closest being given priority) measured in a straight line from the main front door of Wilson’s School.
  2. To those candidates who live elsewhere in the order of the distance of their home address (with those living closest being given priority) measured in a straight line from the main front door of Wilson’s School.
Website: www.wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk

Wallington County Grammar School
(Boys with girls admitted in the Sixth Form)

Address: Croydon Road, Wallington, Surrey, London, SM6 7PH
Tel: 020 8647 2235
Email: admissions@wcgs.org.uk
Places: 150 in Year 7.
Test Types: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. No stage 2 test.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Children who are looked after by a local authority.
  2. In rank order of performance in the Selective Eligibility Test (SET). The total number of places awarded under criteria 1 and 2, together with those with the School named in an Education Health & Care Plan or Statement of Special Needs will not exceed 120.
  3. Up to 15 places for those boys who are successful in the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) and are eligible for Free School Meals. Any unfilled places in this criterion will be filled by criterion 2.
  4. Up to 15 places for those boys who are successful in the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) where the permanent home address is one of the postcodes:
    SM1, SM2, SM3, SM4, SM5, SM6, SM7, KT4 8, CR0 4 and CR4 4. Any unfilled places in this criterion will be filled by criterion 2.
Website: www.wcgs-sutton.co.uk

Nonsuch High School for Girls
Address: Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8AB
Tel: 020 8394 3400
Email: admissions@nwet.org.uk
Places: 210 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a girl is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2 (known as NWETSSEE): English and Maths − not multiple choice. Each paper will be around 45 minutes to 1 hour long.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Candidates must pass both parts of the NWETSSEE to be eligible for a place. The marks in the NWETSSEE will then be added to half of the aggregate mark achieved in the SET, with each part carrying equal weight, to create a total score in the Entrance Tests.

The total scores will be used to create ranked lists.

Places will be offered in the following order:

  1. Looked after children.
  2. Up to 10 places linked to the Pupil Premium or Service Premium. This will be on the basis of score in the entrance tests in order of highest score to children whose permanent place of residence is 5.25 km or less from the front door of Nonsuch measured in a straight line and who have triggered the Pupil Premium in their primary school at any time in the previous six years.
  3. 85 places on the basis of score in the entrance tests in order of highest score, irrespective of home address.
  4. Up to 110 places linked to the school’s catchment area circle. This will be in order of highest score to those whose permanent place of residence is 5.25 km or less from the front door of Nonsuch measured in a straight line. Click here to see if you are within this area.
  5. 15 ring-fenced places in order of highest score to those whose permanent place of residence on the closing date for submitting the Common Application Form is such that they pay/would pay their Council Tax to the London Borough of Sutton.
  6. Should there be insufficient applicants eligible for a place based on the above criteria, the remaining places (up to a total of 210) will be offered in order of highest score.
Website: www.nonsuchschool.org

Wallington High School for Girls
Address: Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 0PH
Tel: 020 8647 2380
Email: admissions@nwet.org.uk
Places: 210 in Year 7.
Test Types:
  • Stage 1: Selective Eligibility Test − see above. The result of the SET determines whether or not a girl is eligible for the second stage test.
  • Stage 2 (known as NWETSSEE): English and Maths − not multiple choice. Each paper will be around 45 minutes to 1 hour long.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Candidates must pass both parts of the NWETSSEE to be eligible for a place. The marks in the NWETSSEE will then be added to half of the aggregate mark achieved in the SET, with each part carrying equal weight, to create a total score in the Entrance Tests.

The total scores will be used to create ranked lists.

Places will be offered in the following order:

    1. Looked after children.
    2. 100 places on the basis of score in the second stage Entrance Tests in order of highest score.
    3. 15 places for students who qualify for Pupil Premium, in order of highest score in the Entrance Tests, to those whose permanent place of residence is within a 6.7km radius of the main entrance to the school.
    4. 65 places in order of highest score in the Entrance Tests to those whose permanent place of residence is within a 6.7km radius of the main entrance to the school.
    5. 30 places in order of highest score in the Entrance Tests to those whose permanent place of residence is within a 6km radius of the junction of Carshalton Road, Pound Street, Park Hill and Beynon Road in the London Borough of Sutton.

Click here to see if you are within a 6.7km radius.

Website: www.wallingtongirls.sutton.sch.uk

Buckinghamshire Schools
All the grammar schools in Buckinghamshire are their own Admission Authority. Buckinghamshire LA acts as the Transfer Testing process administrator for these schools.

Registration
If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school they will automatically be registered for the Transfer Test. Parents of children going to all other schools needed to register their child for testing. The registration portal opens on 8 May 2017refer to the Transfer Testing and Grammar schools page on the Buckinghamshire County Council website.

Transfer Tests
The Buckinghamshire Transfer Tests are taken at the beginning of the autumn term of Year 6 and are independently produced by the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM) at the University of Durham. They consist of verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning. This gives children the opportunity to demonstrate their skills using words, numbers, pictures and diagrams. There are two papers. They are multiple-choice and are both of about the same level of difficulty. Each paper is about 50 minutes long and is in a number of separately timed sections. Children are given instructions via an audio soundtrack.

The Transfer Test papers are marked by CEM. The marks are then ‘standardised’. Standardisation balances the overall performance of children from one year to the next and makes sure that all children are placed on an equal footing and that no child is unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged because of his or her age. It takes into account the child’s age in years and months on the date they take the test. A child’s ‘standardised score’ will be between 0 and 180+. The standardised score needed to qualify automatically for a grammar school has been set by CEM, in agreement with the grammar schools, at 121 or more.

A child’s scores from the two test papers will be added together and expressed as a Standardised Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS). The STTS will be the sum of the following:

  • 50% of the standardised score for the verbal sections
  • 30% of the standardised score for the numerical sections
  • 20% of the standardised score for the non-verbal sections

If a child’s STTS is 121 or more they are automatically qualified for grammar school. About 33% of children are expected to achieve a STTS of 121 or more.

A child’s STTS is not used to work out whether they are more or less likely to be offered a grammar school place. All children who score 121 or more are treated as ‘qualified’, and a higher score will not mean a child has a higher priority for a grammar school place. Once they have qualified, children are prioritised for a grammar school place according to the admission rules for the particular grammar school they have requested.

How parents best help their children to prepare for the test
There are a number of things that parents can do to help their children. They can help their children to read with understanding, for example by asking them what certain words mean and what is happening in the passage or book that they are reading. They can encourage them to solve problems by themselves or to look up things for themselves.


Burnham Grammar School

Address: Hogfair Lane, Burnham, Bucks SL1 7HG
Tel: 01628 604812
Contact Form: Admissions contact us form
Places: 150 in Year 7.
Test Types: See Buckinghamshire Transfer Tests above.

Catchment/Selection Policy:

Places will be offered to children who have achieved 121 and above in the Transfer Tests in the following order:

  1. Children in Care
  2. Children living within the catchment area of the school who qualify for Free School Meals.
  3. Children living within the catchment area of the school
  4. Siblings of children in Years 7 to 12 who are on the roll of the school at the time allocations are made, and are expected to be on the school roll at the time of the proposed admission.
  5. Children who have exceptional medical or social needs supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker, educational welfare officer or other appropriate person.
  6. Children who qualify for Free School Meals.
  7. Once the rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order using the methodology set out in the County Scheme.
  8. Where a school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.
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