In the UK, there are currently around 164 state-funded fully selective schools, (also known as grammar schools). Last year (2017-2018) according to The Telegraph, ten schools stood out as being top for GCSE results. Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet and Colchester County High School for Girls both achieved 100 per cent rates of students getting five A*-C/4-9 grades. They were by no means the only schools to achieve this feat – in fact 46 schools matched it – but they came out ahead when ranked on a secondary measure. Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire and Kendrick School in Reading, Berkshire made the list of the top grammar schools in the UK. Read more
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There are 21 types of questions set by GL Assessment, which children must learn for the 11 plus exam (known as Types A-Z). It is important to be familiar with all the question types, as they can vary from year to year. Verbal Reasoning Type 1 is not one of the 21 types, however it was in the Bucks eleven plus exam last year. We recommend that students keep building their word knowledge and complete lots of different vocabulary style questions in the lead up to the exam.
Tops 11 plus resources will ensure your child receives all the practice they need, so they are fully prepared and confident on the day of the exam.
Here are the top 15 schools in the Chiltern + South Bucks and Wycombe Districts by 11+ pass rates (for year 2017).
See the full table for Chiltern + South Bucks and Wycombe below:
Bucks Grammar Schools
The admissions policy for Bucks grammar schools follow the Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for Secondary Schools in Buckinghamshire County Council Local Authority unless stated otherwise. This is referred to as The County Scheme. The County Scheme is available on the Buckinghamshire County Council website www.buckscc.gov.uk or click here for a link.
Once places have been allocated to children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Educational Health Care Plan), the remaining places are allocated in the following order:
Rule 1 – Looked after and previously looked after children.
Rule 2 – Children who have exceptional medical or social needs, which can only be met at that school, with written evidence from an appropriate professional person.
Rule 3 – Children living within the catchment area of the school.
Rule 4 – For the main point of entry: Siblings of children who are attending the school or a ‘linked primary’ school in Year R to Year 5 at the time the allocations are made (March 2019), and are expected to be on the school roll or linked school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been offered a place to start in the current academic year at the school or a ‘linked primary’ school.
For immediate in year admission after the normal point of entry: Siblings of children who are in Year R to Year 6 at the time of admission to the school.
Rule 5 – Children attending a primary school linked to the school named in the list of ‘linked primary’ schools at the time allocations are made (March 2019). This rule does not apply to those applying for a place in Reception.
Rule 6 – Once the above rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order, using the distance between the family’s Normal Home Address and the school’s nearest entrance gate, offering the closest first. We use straight line distance.
Rule 7 – 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.
For example, places are offered to catchment siblings before children living in the catchment area without siblings. In each case, distance is used to prioritise which children should be offered places.
Rule 8 – If it is still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equal distance then an independently scrutinised random allocation will be made to allocate the final place.
11+ Admission Over-subscription Criteria
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John Hampden Grammar School
What does a Standard Age Score mean in the 11 Plus?
The ‘raw (actual) score’ a child achieves in the 11 plus is adjusted to take in to account the child’s exact age.
The examiners identify how well the entire group of candidates have performed and apply a formula to adjust the scores. The standard age scores are derived by comparing a student only with others of the same age. Almost in every case, older students achieve slightly higher raw scores in tests than their younger peers. An older student may in fact gain a higher raw score than a younger student, but have a lower standardised score. This is because the older student is being compared with other students in the norm group. Students of different ages who gain the same standard age score have done equally well, with each being judged in relation to their standing among students of their own age.