Upton Court Grammar School
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Introduction to the Slough Consortium 11 Plus exam
To be eligible to apply for a place at a Slough grammar school (Herschel Grammar School, Langley Grammar School, St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School), your child will need to pass the Slough Consortium 11 Plus exam. Children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 will take the exam in September 2022 to be eligible to apply for a place for September 2023. The date of the 2022 exam has not yet been confirmed.
The Consortium operates a shared 11 Plus testing process with the four schools using the same test papers and common eligibility criteria for selection. The Slough Consortium test is provided by Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM). The tests identify the top 30% of the cohort as eligible for consideration for entry to grammar school and the eligibility mark is 111.
The Slough 11 Plus exam consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each 50 to 60 minutes in duration and testing three areas – verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning. All questions on both papers are multiple choice and pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet.
Familiarisation guides, produced by the CEM, contain information about the content of the tests, some advice about taking the tests and a few sample questions. You can view the most recent versions here:
- You need to register your child to take the Slough Consortium 11 Plus test.
- Online registration for the 2022 exam will open on Monday 2nd May 2022 on the website of the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools and close at midnight on Sunday 12th June.
- The sole purpose of registration is to enable your son or daughter to sit the 11 Plus exam. The consortium will order one set of exam papers for them, therefore ensure that you complete the registration process once only.
What is required to pass the Slough Consortium 11 Plus?
Verbal Reasoning (approx. 50% of the mark)
Numerical Reasoning (approx. 30% of the mark)
- Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
- Mental maths development
- Problem solving techniques
- Extracting information from graphs and tables
- Foundation algebra concepts
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Ratio and proportion
- Area and volume
- 2d and 3d shapes
Non-verbal Reasoning (approx. 20% 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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Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Resources
Our range of Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® Books are provided exclusively to Year 5 students and will be expanding to Year 4 from autumn 2022. Using the knowledge gained during her ten years of preparing students for the 11+ and independent school entrance exams, Marie Redmond MEd has written a number of instructional verbal reasoning and maths books. The verbal reasoning holiday course books are provided exclusively to students attending our 11+ Easter and 11+ summer holiday courses; the verbal reasoning and maths books are provided exclusively to students enrolled on our Year 5 term-time courses. Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® 11 Plus Flash Cards are given to all our term time students when they join, to supercharge their vocabulary skills.
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Feedback from parents
As you know Jack passed the 11+ and we are absolutely delighted. He is naturally a bright child, as you are well aware but we do strongly believe that it is down to your fabulous fun tuition that he passed the 11+. He really enjoyed the week that he had with you doing the intensive course. He said it was really fun, and that he found you a lovely teacher, kind too. He found the structure of your lessons a great bonus. We will be eternally grateful for your help. We are really glad that he came to you and wish you well in the future with your other students.
Year 6 parent, Ivinghoe (testimonial received in 2015 – Jack sat the 11 Plus in 2014)
She cleared the Bucks exam. She scored 130. Thanks.
Year 5 parent, Little Chalfont (2017)
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)
Ollie thoroughly enjoyed his week with the teacher and the other pupils. He said that the teacher was really nice and made him feel relaxed. He thought the other pupils were very nice. Although Ollie is not generally very keen on anything that requires him to put in some effort he was really keen to go along each day and felt his week went really well. Thank you for everything. I will definitely recommend your summer course to my friends.
Year 5 parent, High Wycombe (Summer 2016)
Harry really enjoyed his first lesson on Wednesday and seems very motivated. We are happy with how he felt in the lesson and his attitude towards the homework.
Year 5 parent, Chalfont St Peter (2015)
We are extremely pleased to tell you that she passed the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test with an amazing score of 143. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to the team and especially Sarah for helping her through the process.
Year 6 parent, Amersham (2021)
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)
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)
Many thanks for your summer school, which we believe had a remarkable impact on our son’s 11 plus score. Despite having lived abroad for the past 3 years, he passed the 11 plus very comfortably and I know he learnt a lot of content and valuable exam techniques during the week and final refresher day that he took with you.
Year 5 parent, Gerrards Cross (2018)
Hi Marie, just to confirm that Storm passed her 11+. Thank you.
Year 5 parent, Burnham (2015)