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Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
Stay ahead with exclusive tips on the Buckinghamshire 11+ exam for Sir William Borlase’s 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 Sir William Borlase’s 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 2010 and 31st August 2011 will take the exam in late 2021 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2022, however, the exam date has yet to be confirmed.
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 for the 2020 exam opened at 3pm on 5th May 2020 and closed at 3pm on 25th June 2020.
- The registration dates for the 2021 exam have yet to be announced.
- For more information about the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus, visit the Buckinghamshire County Council website, or contact the Buckinghamshire County Council Admissions team here.
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 (including Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School), your child will need to achieve a score of 121 or more.
26% of children who live in Buckinghamshire County Council Districts and sat the exam in 2018 (for 2019 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 2019 exam (reflecting selection reviews and appeals) will be available in the autumn of 2020.
For full statistics, visit Buckinghamshire County Council’s statistics on grammar school entry.
The 2020 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus (Transfer Test) results will be announced as follows:
- For tests taken by 5th November 2020, results will be sent on email by 4pm on 30th November 2020
- For tests taken after 5th November 2020, results will be sent on email as soon as possible after 30th November 2020
- Due to the extraordinary circumstances this year, you needed to submit your child’s secondary school application before you received their 11 Plus exam results. If you wished your child to be considered for entry to a Buckinghamshire grammar school, you were required to name the relevant school or schools on the Common Application Form (CAF).
- Buckinghamshire residents had until 3pm on 31st October 2020 to submit their online secondary school application. If you were posting a paper application it had to arrive no later than 3pm on this date.
- School places for September 2021 will be confirmed on 1st March 2021.
- In whichever year you are applying, you can name up to 6 schools on your CAF.
- 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 Sir William Borlase’s 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
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Feedback from parents
Adithi has passed her Bucks 11+ test. She found the Year 5 course immensely helpful and appreciated the support given throughout the course. Thank you for your all help.
Year 5 parent, Pinner (2016)
He did really well – passed with 132 Bucks and 114 Slough.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2014)
We found out today that he passed the 11+ in both Slough and Buckinghamshire, with great scores. I just wanted to say a big thank you to yourself, Sinead and Sarah for continuing to teach to a high standard during what must have been one of the most challenging years of your career. It wasn’t easy at times, but it was worth it! Please pass on our thanks to Sinead and Sarah too. We are over the moon!
Year 6 parent, Cookham (2020)
He passed the Bucks test and 130 was his score. It’s all thanks to your and Anne’s hard work and patience, so thank you. He is over the moon and very happy.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2014)
Just as feedback, Jay passed the Bucks exam scoring 145! We are extremely pleased and would like to thank you for your help.
Year 5 parent, Taplow (2016)
She passed the 11 Bucks exam. I would like to thank you for all support over the holidays. The classes were really beneficial for her.
Year 5 parent, Stoke Poges (2017)
Matilda achieved a score of 139 in the Bucks exam and thus qualifies for her first-choice school. We’re very pleased so thank you very much for all your help in getting Matilda there.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2016)
Aaliah achieved 119 in the slough paper and 135 in the Bucks paper and I’m super proud of her! I would like to thank yourself and Sinead for the support and tuition you have provided! I’m sure you will be delighted to hear this happy news and thank you for all your support and advice during what was a very stressful time!
Year 5 parent, Slough (2017)
Henry has passed the Buckinghamshire Secondary School Transfer exam and Slough CEM exam. Thank you so much for teaching him.
Year 5 parent, Maidenhead (2018)
Our son has now received his 11+ (Bucks) results. Thank you to you and Anne again; he passed comfortably. Your tuition was hugely helpful in preparing him for the content of the test papers and the confidence to cope with questions he couldn't immediately answer. We will be confidently sending our youngest to your classes when his turn comes around.
Year 6 parent, Beaconsfield (2019)
We thought you might like to know Natasha passed the Bucks 11+ with flying colours with a score 173! We are very pleased and proud – thanks for all your help and support.
Year 5 parent, Iver (2015)
Good Afternoon Marie, He passed both the Slough Consortium and the Buckinghamshire 11+ exams. Buckinghamshire – 126. Slough Consortium – 115.
Year 5 parent, Hillingdon (2018)
Hi Marie, Oliver has “qualified for a Buckinghamshire grammar school”! We are very happy indeed. Please convey our thanks to Anne. His score was 130.
Year 5 parent, Beaconsfield (2016)
Hi, my daughter went to Sinead’s class on Saturday 14:30 at Stoke Poges. We have received Slough and Bucks result and we are very pleased Megan passed both test Slough 122 and Bucks 136. Thank you all your support and guided us this journey. I am sure she will get her first choice of school. Please pass on this message to Sinead and say big thank you. I definitely think about my son to go to your tuition when he become year 5.
Year 5 parent, Hayes (2017)
Josh did very well indeed. He got 140 for Bucks and 124 for Slough.
Year 5 parent, Ickenham (2014)
He achieved the following in his 11+ Slough - 113 (Pass mark 111) Bucks - 133 (Pass mark 121) We hope he has done well enough to get into a Grammar school! Many thanks again to you and your team for your support!
Year 6 parent, Slough (2020)
She cleared the Bucks exam. She scored 130. Thanks.
Year 5 parent, Little Chalfont (2017)
Maryam has passed her bucks 11 plus with a very good score of 164. She scored 130 in the slough test with 138 as the highest score achieved in the exam. Just wanted to say thank you from all of us. Please pass our thanks to her teacher.
Year 5 parent, Downley (2016)
I am very pleased to write that my daughter, who attended your Easter and Summer revision courses, was successful in her Bucks 11+ exam.
Year 5 parent, Beaconsfield (2018)
By the grace of God, Ananya did well in all her exams. She scored 130 in Slough and 153 in Bucks Exams. She is also in Band A for the Henrietta Barnett School. Thank you so much for your valuable guidance and encouragement through the past two years. Ananya really enjoyed the classes and learnt a lot. Please thank all the teachers on our behalf. Can I also add that though Ananya found the work in the classes challenging she never felt pressured and actually enjoyed coming every week.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2017)
Many thanks to you and your team of tutors for all your help and advice over the last few months in preparing our son for the 11+ exams. He passed both the Slough Consortium CEM and the Buckinghamshire GL 11+ exams. He just passed the CEM exam which we knew would be a challenge for him and he passed the GL exam with a good score. All the best for the future
Year 6 parent, Stoke Poges (2019)
My son got 144 in the Bucks GL exam and 124 in the Slough CEM exam.
Year 5 parent, Chalfont St Peter (2018)
She scored 133 for Bucks and 119 for Berks. She was very pleased! Hope the rest of the group were equally pleased.
Year 5 parent, Gerrards Cross (2017)
Matas passed Bucks test with the score of 137, can’t describe how grateful we are for your help and support!
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2016)
Hi Marie, He passed both. 127 in Bucks and 111 in Slough exam. Thank you to both you and Sinead for your help.
Year 5 parent, Langley (2018)
Noah passed Bucks with a score of 128 (passing each individual element too). We are really happy he got the result that we worked hard for. Many thanks for all your work and support. Please pass my thanks onto Sinead and Ameena. We have one more child. She is in reception so it will be a few years yet. Although we will use you again.
Year 6 parent, Langley (2019)
Shrey did very good on his exams. He got 157 in Buckinghamshire test and 120 in Slough test. Thanks for making Shrey strong enough to get this result.
Year 5 parent, Iver (2016)
Just to let you know that Thomas has met the entry requirement for a bucks grammar with an amazing score of 143. We are super proud. A big thank you to Sarah and all your team for all your help, guidance and wonderful tuition.
Year 6 parent, Little Chalfont (2019)
Alvin scored 138 in Bucks 11 Plus and 118 in Slough. Thank you for all of your support.
Year 5 parent, Ascot (2014)
Morgan scored 153 in his Bucks 11+ and has qualified for Grammar. We are thrilled with his result and thank you for making the classes so enjoyable that he was happy to attend each week.
Year 5 parent, Amersham (2014)
Hope you are all doing well. This is to confirm Nathan cleared the Slough and Bucks 11+ exams published last week.
Year 6 parent, Harrow (2019)
He did well in both exams. For Berks he attained 118 and for Bucks the result was 130. We’re all extremely pleased with the outcome and have now made our selections for his grammar school for 2018. We would like to thank you and your staff for all the effort and patience shown to him. I don’t think he would have attained those marks without your tuition classes. Once again thank you.
Year 5 parent, Burnham (2017)
She did really well and passed both the Bucks and Slough 11+ tests – so she is delighted. Many thanks to your tutors for all their help and pre-exam advice.
Year 5 parent, West Drayton (2016)
Umer passed his Bucks test. 130 score. We’re over the moon. Many thanks to you, Anne and all the other tutors for their help.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2015)
Amira did really well obtained 119.57 Kendrick exam and obtained 128 for the Slough grammar exam, for the Buckinghamshire exam obtained 128 too. So proud of her. Thank you your contribution towards Amira helped her a lot. Amira will hopefully be attending Kendrick school 2018.
Year 5 parent, Reading (2017)
He did very well passed both Bucks and Berks. Thanks.
Year 5 parent, Beaconsfield (2017)
Jai did really well: Berks - 122, Bucks - 139. We hope he will follow his sister Keerit to Langley Grammar School. Many thanks to Sinead, yourself and your team for all the help you gave him (and to Keerit last year). Despite only attending for about a term and a half, Sinead gave him plenty of guidance, tips and motivation to succeed. Although the 11+ journey has come to an end for us, I now make a point to mention Marie Redmond 11+ Tuition whenever I the topic comes up conversation!
Year 6 parent, Windsor (2019)
He passed both. He scored 137 in his Buckinghamshire exam and 114 in Berkshire.
Year 5 parent, Langley (2018)
Please can you kindly let Anne know that Maria passed both Bucks & Slough 11+ test. Thank you for all your help. I can’t thank you both enough.
Year 5 parent, Denham (2017)
Hala passed both Bucks and Berks exams so we are pleased. Thanks for all your efforts and the tutors.
Year 6 parent, Uxbridge (2019)
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your time and support. My daughter Simran has got her results and did really well: Bucks – 170. Slough – 124. Could you please also let Anne know and thank her from us for tutoring Simran and making the lessons fun and interactive. Simran thoroughly enjoyed going each week.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2015)
Hello Marie, he passed the Bucks test with a score of 125. We are very happy and proud of him as Burnham Grammar was our first choice regardless. Thank you so much for the assistance received as combined with his raw talent, has stood him in good stead and showed us his true potential.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2018)
Ali passed Bucks exam. He got 141. We are so happy. Thank you for all your help.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2014)
I would like to let you know that my son Ahmed Sanad passed Bucks test with score of 132 . I hope that he gets a place in Burnham Grammar. Your course helped him during the lockdown after he stopped live classes in Slough, it was very good to have these virtual courses .
Year 6 parent, Wexham (2020)
Our son successfully passed both his 11 + exams for Berks and Bucks. Our thanks in particular go out to Sinead who made our son's studies stimulating and challenging. The switch to delivering classes online after the first national lockdown was seamless and allowed studying to continue with no drop in the quality of tuition. We approached Marie Redmond having received a personal recommendation and would happily recommend their service to other parents.
Year 6 parent, Slough (2021)
Daniel did very well, he has got 142 in Buckinghamshire test, and 118 in Slough. Thank you for your contribution.
Year 5 parent, Iver (2017)
Dylan passed his 11+ for bucks, scoring 126. Happy with the results. Thank you kindly.
Year 6 parent, Slough (2019)
Hello Marie, She did really well! Bucks: 125. Berks: 120. Can you pass on our thanks to Sinead? She really enjoyed the lessons – she made friends with some of the other girls and loved the little rewards they would get at the end of the lesson. Thanks again, and I hope to sign my son up for one of your courses.
Year 5 parent, Windsor (2018)
I just wanted to let you know that Toyosi did the 11plus Buckinghamshire test and scored 135. The pass mark was 121.Attending tuition lessons helped him immensely.
Year 5 parent, West Drayton (2017)
A big thank you to you and Gabi’s teachers! We got the results back from bucks 11+, and Gabi did fantastic in the test, passing comfortably. I believe she scored 135 overall after normalisation, in the individual test she did fantastic as well- for maths she got 148! Just incredible. The pass mark was 121. So she was overjoyed and proud of herself. Thank you so much for your hard work and I have already passed your contact to other parents.
Year 6 parent, Little Chalfont (2020)
Sara passed both the Slough and the Bucks 11+ exams – she is now hoping to go to Langley Grammar School :-) I will be asking Sara to send you a message herself over the next few days. In the mean time I would like to offer my sincere thanks to you and your team. Your efforts instilled self confidence in Sara and gave her the fine tuning in her skills that she needed to pass the 11+. You managed to do this in a non-stressful environment where, through innovative and imaginative techniques, learning was actually made fun unlike so many other tutors I have heard about. I would whole-heartedly endorse you to other parents who may be considering tuition for their children. Thanks again, I hope your other children enjoyed the same success that Sara had.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2016)
Simran did amazing and got a qualifying score for both Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Thanking Laura and Anne for the amazing work they are doing.
Year 6 parent, Slough (2019)
I just wanted to let you know her 11+ results. She scored 189 in the Bucks test and 130 in the Slough test. We are absolutely delighted with her results. The structure your course provided really helped to keep her focused throughout the year. Many thanks to you and your team for all your guidance and support.
Year 5 parent, Stoke Poges (2015)
Marie Redmond Tuition was the best choice I made for my son after testing out several other tuition centres. Marie and Anne at the centre in Stoke Poges encouraged my son in many ways to do well in all areas for the 11+. Their patience and method of teaching the children was outstanding. He thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and could not get enough of them. He achieved well above the 11+ pass mark for Bucks and Slough consortium and we are ecstatic.
Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2014)
I just wanted to let you know that she passed both the Slough and Bucks 11+ examinations. Thanks to you and your team for all your support and hard work.
Year 6 parent, Iver Heath (2020)
Just wanted to let you know that Ridhima passed her 11plus exams at Bucks and Berkshire / Slough schools. Her overall mark in Bucks test was 132 (131 VR, 125 Maths and 143 NVR). Thanks for all your help.
Year 6 parent, Hayes (2019)
I just wanted to let you know that Zak passed the Buckinghamshire exam. Thank you so much for your help and support. It was a very tough year with many challenges.
Year 6 parent, Slough (2021)
He passed both Bucks and Slough 11plus exams with a high score. We will find out which grammar school he goes to in March next year. Many thanks to you and to all the teachers for their support.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2016)
He did very well in both the Bucks (140) and the Herts (237) Tests. Many thanks to you and your fantastic tutors for all the support and feedback. He attended your year 5 course, summer course and 2 mock tests and really improved over the last year. Things that were particularly helpful about your course: strong focus on vocabulary starting before the course had even begun, structured homework, rewarding them for their effort with the points and prizes system, regular testing so we could understand where our child’s weaknesses were and lots of question practice for technique. We look forward to seeing you again with our younger son.
Year 6 parent, Chalfont St Giles (2019)