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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 Dr Challoner’s High 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 on Thursday 12th 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. Registration opens at 3pm on 1st May 2019 and closes at 3pm on 27th 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 (Dr Challoner’s High 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 2019 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus (Transfer Test) results will be released on 18th October 2019.
When you receive your child’s 11 Plus results in October 2019, you will have until 3pm on Thursday 31st October 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 on 1st 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 Dr Challoner’s High 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
Lucy did really well and scored 132 and hopefully will be going to Dr Challoner’s. We feel that the tuition really helped Lucy progress and gain in confidence. We will certainly be recommending your courses to friends. Please pass on our thanks to the Saturday tutor that Lucy had as she was brilliant.
Year 5 parent, Chalfont St Peter (2018)
We are very proud, she got 132. 🙂 Hoping she is off to Dr Challoner’s High School next year. Thanks for your help (and your team).
Year 5 parent, Gerrards Cross (2018)
Ava passed! She did so well, 131, and she is absolutely thrilled. There’s no question that the classes made a huge difference, and thank you too for your helpful advice whilst we were waiting for the score. Thank you again, and we will see you in a year or two with our son Johnny! I will be sure to recommend you to Johnny’s classmates when the time comes. Ava is hoping to go to Dr Challoners and so excited about it!
Year 5 parent, Amersham (2017)