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With a proven track record in preparing pupils for the 11 Plus, Marie Redmond MEd and her team of exceptional, fully qualified and experienced primary teachers provide specialist tuition focused on your child’s individual learning needs.
Our unique 11 Plus courses in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Stoke Poges are structured to give children the confidence they need to sit and pass exams in a friendly, stress-free environment.
Introduction to the Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11 Plus)
To apply for a place at a Buckinghamshire grammar school (including Chesham Grammar School), your child will need to pass the Bucks Transfer Test (11 Plus exam). Children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 will take the exam in September 2019 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2020.
The GL exam consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each approximately 45 minutes in duration and testing three areas – verbal, mathematical and non-verbal reasoning skills. The first paper tests verbal skills, including comprehension, English technical and verbal reasoning. The second paper tests non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths. All questions on both papers are multiple choice and pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet.
You do not need to register your child if they attend a Buckinghamshire Local Authority primary school. If your child goes to a Partner School or a school in another Local Authority area, you will need to register with the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Admissions Team. Dates for the 2019 exam have yet to be confirmed but we expect registration to open at 3pm on 1st May 2019 and close at 3pm on 28th June 2019.
The scores from both papers are added together and ‘age standardised’ to make it fair for pupils of all ages. To meet the necessary standard for a Buckinghamshire grammar school, your child will need to achieve a score of 121 or more.
27% of the children who live in Buckinghamshire County Council Districts and sat the exam in 2017 (for 2018 entry) achieved a score of 121 or above and qualified automatically for a place at one of Buckinghamshire’s thirteen grammar schools. After appeals and reviews were heard, the final intake was 31%. Of all children who sat the exam (including those living in Buckinghamshire and out of county), 34% scored 121 or above and a total of 38% qualified after appeals.
* The final statistics for the 2018 exam (reflecting selection reviews and appeals) will be available by the end of November 2019.
The 2018 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus (Transfer Test) results were released on 12th October 2018. Dates for the 2019 exam have yet to be confirmed.
When you receive your child’s 11 Plus results in October 2019, you will have until Thursday 31st October 2019 to submit your Common Application Form to your Local Authority. You can name up to 6 schools when you apply. School places for September 2020 will be confirmed at the beginning of March 2020.
If you live outside Buckinghamshire, you must apply through your own Local Authority – even if your child currently attends a Buckinghamshire LA primary school.
What is required to pass the Bucks 11 Plus and help secure a place at Chesham Grammar School?
Verbal skills (50% of the mark)
- Verbal reasoning (vocabulary: the production of words, use of words and relationships between words)
Mathematical skills (25% of the mark)
- Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
- Mental maths development
- Problem solving techniques
- Extracting information from graphs and tables
- Fractions and ratios
- Foundation algebra concepts
Non-verbal skills (25% of the mark)
- Spatial awareness
- Logical deduction skills
- Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
11 Plus Mock Exams
Get exam ready with Marie Redmond Tuition® GL Assessment-style Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Mock Exams. Students who sat our Buckinghamshire mock exams in 2018 said they were very similar to the actual test, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.
For information on all our 11 Plus Mock Exams, visit our Mock Exam Information page.
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Feedback from parents
Jon is enjoying his sessions thoroughly and is looking forward to continuing them next year too.
Year 4 parent, Chesham (2017)
She passed her exam and got a score of 142. Thanks for the help in tuition the last two years and we will see u again when my little one do the exam.
Year 5 parent, Chesham (2017)
Hi Marie, just to let you know Isabel got through her 11 Plus with flying colours! She is so pleased after all her hard work. Thank you so much for all your help with her maths.
Year 5 parent, Chesham (2013)
Our son used go to tuition in Amersham and he passed with a staggering 131 thank you soo much for your help good luck with students in the future.
Year 5 parent, Chesham (2017)
Thank you for the results. The girls really enjoyed the week and I am very pleased how they are coming along. They have both certainly improved over the year.
Year 5 parent, Chesham (2018)
I am delighted to report that Ruby passed her 11+ exam and will be applying to attend Chesham Grammar School in September 2019. Ruby is very keen that Sarah should know and on a personal level we would love to drop in a little thank you to Sarah if possible. Many thanks from us all for helping Ruby realise her potential and giving her the confidence she needed. Sarah always believed in her and it made all the difference to the outcome!
Year 5 parent, Great Missenden (2018)
Eleanor passed the exam and is now hoping to go to Chesham Grammar.
Year 5 parent, Amersham (2015)
Just a quick note to say he passed the 11 plus today. Please pass on my gratitude to his tutors and the structured, yet flexible organisation you run.
Year 5 parent, Chesham (2017)
Lily passed with a score of 129 and has applied to attend Chesham Grammar School. Obviously we were and are delighted. Lily worked very hard during the last year to achieve a pass and I hope this has taught her a valuable lesson at a young age – that hard work normally pays dividends. Lily is very happy and we feel sure that she will thrive at Grammar School. I will be recommending Marie Redmond based upon our experiences. I would like to convey that I have found Sarah to be an excellent tutor. A good deal of Lily’s success is as a direct result of Sarah’s thoughtful and positive tuition. Thank you again for your support. Oscar is currently in Year 3 and we expect him to be attending Marie Redmond Tuition in 2019.
Year 5 parent, Amersham (2017)
He has become more confident since starting the extra practice sessions with Anne and has moved up a few levels in maths at school. That has boosted his confidence.
Year 5 parent, Chesham (2015)