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Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
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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, Chalfont St Peter, Little Chalfont 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 Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School), your child will need to pass the Bucks Transfer Test (11 Plus exam). Children born between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010 were due to take the exam on 10th September 2020 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2021.
COVID-19 impact: The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools are awaiting Department for Education approval for their proposal to test out-of-county children during week commencing 26th October and Buckinghamshire primary and partner school pupils during week commencing 2nd November.
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 5th May 2020 and closes at 3pm on 25th June 2020.
- 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.
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.
For full statistics, visit Buckinghamshire County Council’s statistics on grammar school entry.
The 2019 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus (Transfer Test) results were released on 18th October 2019. The 2020 Buckinghamshire 11 Plus results are currently scheduled for release on 16th October 2020, but this will likely move to December if The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools receive Department for Education approval to delay the exam to October/November.
When you received your child’s 11 Plus results in October 2019, you had until 3pm on Thursday 31st October to submit your Common Application Form to your Local Authority. You were able to name up to 6 schools when you applied. 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 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
Get exam ready with Marie Redmond Tuition® GL Assessment-style Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Mock Exams. Students who sat our Buckinghamshire mock exams in 2019 said they were very similar to the actual test, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.
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Feedback from parents
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
She cleared the Bucks exam. She scored 130. Thanks.
Year 5 parent, Little Chalfont (2017)
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)
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)
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)
Josh did very well indeed. He got 140 for Bucks and 124 for Slough.
Year 5 parent, Ickenham (2014)
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)
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)
Hala passed both Bucks and Berks exams so we are pleased. Thanks for all your efforts and the tutors.
Year 6 parent, Uxbridge (2019)
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)
- 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)
Good Afternoon Marie, He passed both the Slough Consortium and the Buckinghamshire 11+ exams. Buckinghamshire – 126. Slough Consortium – 115.
Year 5 parent, Hillingdon (2018)
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 really well – passed with 132 Bucks and 114 Slough.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2014)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
My son got 144 in the Bucks GL exam and 124 in the Slough CEM exam.
Year 5 parent, Chalfont St Peter (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)
Alvin scored 138 in Bucks 11 Plus and 118 in Slough. Thank you for all of your support.
Year 5 parent, Ascot (2014)
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)
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)
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)
Ali passed Bucks exam. He got 141. We are so happy. Thank you for all your help.
Year 5 parent, Slough (2014)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
He passed both. He scored 137 in his Buckinghamshire exam and 114 in Berkshire.
Year 5 parent, Langley (2018)
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)
He did very well passed both Bucks and Berks. Thanks.
Year 5 parent, Beaconsfield (2017)
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)
Dylan passed his 11+ for bucks, scoring 126. Happy with the results. Thank you kindly.
Year 6 parent, Slough (2019)
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)