Chesham Grammar School

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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 Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (11 Plus exam). The Buckinghamshire test is provided by GL Assessment and the pass mark is 121. Children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 will take the exam in September 2022 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2023. The date of the 2022 exam has not yet been confirmed.

  • 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)


What does the Bucks 11 Plus include?

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.

What does the Bucks 11 Plus look like?

A Familiarisation booklet, produced by GL Assessment, contains information about the content of the tests, some advice about taking the tests and a few sample questions. You can see the most recent booklet here >

You can also find example papers on the website of GL Assessment.

How do I register my child for the Bucks 11 Plus Transfer Test?
  • 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.
  • Registration for the 2022 exam will open at the beginning of May 2022. The dates have not yet been confirmed.
  • For more information about the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus, visit the Buckinghamshire County Council website, or contact the Buckinghamshire County Council Admissions team here.

What is required to pass the Bucks 11 Plus and help secure a place at Chesham Grammar School?

Verbal skills (50% of the mark)

  • Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

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
  • Averages
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Area and volume
  • 2d and 3d shapes

Non-verbal skills (25% of the mark)

  • Spatial awareness
  • Logical deduction skills
  • Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
  • Identifying relationships, similarities and differences between figures
  • Identifying sequences between shapes

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Feedback from parents

  • 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)

  • Quick note. He passed with 127 so we are very pleased he did well across the board and will be going to Chesham Grammar School with his elder brother. Phew. Thank you. Please let Sarah know. Cheers.

    Year 6 parent, Great Missenden (2020)

  • Eleanor passed the exam and is now hoping to go to Chesham Grammar.

    Year 5 parent, Amersham (2015)

  • He got 123 which is think is a pass! We are slightly out of catchment but we have our Chesham grammar as number 1 choice and will see what happens Thanks for his lovely lessons with Sarah.

    Year 6 parent, Chorleywood (2019)

  • Both of my children have enjoyed Marie Redmond tuition and both have passed comfortably the 11 + exam. Thank you so much for your help.

    Year 6 parent, Chesham (2019)

  • We were impressed with what your classes did for her last year in the summer term and in the summer school weeks (she scored 129 and is going to Chesham Grammar in September).

    Year 6 parent, Amersham (2020)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Jon is enjoying his sessions thoroughly and is looking forward to continuing them next year too.

    Year 4 parent, Chesham (2017)

  • Hope all well and I am sure you are readying for the next set of students! Ruby started CGS this morning and set off with high excitement and trepidation on the school bus earlier today! A huge thank you to you and Sarah again for playing such a key part in helping her to fulfil her ambition to attend.

    Year 7 parent, Great Missenden (2019)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Sofia is enjoying Year 6 and looking forward to the PGL trip in May (highlight for year 6). Sofia passed the 11 plus, she is very pleased and we are very proud of her! We would like to thank you and Sarah for all your hard work.

    Year 6 parent, Chesham (2019)

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