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Beaconsfield High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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This 'Ofsted outstanding' girls' grammar school is situated in the heart of Beaconsfield, a pretty market town often named one of the best places to live. In addition to being one of the best performing schools in Buckinghamshire, it is also one of the top schools nationwide with 98% of all students receiving a Grade 5 or above at GCSE.

Beaconsfield is a school of excellence dedicated to discovering and developing the potential of all students within an inclusive, diverse and dynamic community. Beaconsfield is one of only 45 schools nationwide to be recognised as an Exceptional School.

11 plus exam information for Beaconsfield High School

  • Address: Beaconsfield High School, Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1RR

  • County: Buckinghamshire, Southeast England

  • Admissions contacts details: [email protected], 01494673043

  • School type: girls’ grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,224

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: Autumn 2022 (TBC)

  • Exam board type: Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools 11 plus, administered by GL assessment

Beaconsfield High School term dates

The Beaconsfield High School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 20th October - 31st October

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th February - 20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May - 5th June

Beaconsfield High School admissions process

Beaconsfield High School is one of 13 schools belonging to The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) company. Prospective students sit two 11 plus exams on the same day to secure a Year 7 place. Attaining the required qualifying score determines successful admission.

Should there ever be more applicants than available spaces, priority is given to:

  • Looked after girls and previously looked after girls

  • Students who currently qualify for free school meals at the time of the application deadline

  • Those who have a sibling currently in attendance at the school

  • Pupils with exceptional medical or social needs which only the school can accommodate

  • Girls who are living in the catchment area of the school

Beaconsfield High School also has a waiting list which is ranked according to the above criteria. Find out more information from the Beaconsfield High School admissions policy.

The applicants’ scores will reflect an age-standardised scoring system to ensure all candidates have a fair chance regardless of their birthday. The total of the age-standardised scores provides an overall Secondary Transfer Test score (STTS). Children will need to obtain a score of at least 121 to receive a place at the school.

The oversubscription criteria ranking (above) will be followed if the number of candidates obtaining the STTS exceeds the number of places available.

What is the Beaconsfield High School catchment area?

Beaconsfield High School follows a catchment area system. Priority is for those who live closest to the school. A map of the Beaconsfield High School catchment area is available on their website.

How do I apply for Beaconsfield High School?

For students who attend a Buckinghamshire primary school, registration is automatic and the schools will take a Preparation Test before sitting the Secondary Transfer Test in September.

If your child doesn’t attend a Buckinghamshire primary school or currently attends an independent school, applications can be sent via Buckinghamshire Council. Applications will need to be received by 23rd June 2022.

What is the Beaconsfield 11 plus exam format?

The GL exam board provides the 11 plus test for Beaconsfield High School. Candidates will sit two test papers in the autumn, both on the same day. Each paper is approximately 60 minutes long. The test will assess verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths skills.

How to prepare your child for the Beaconsfield High School 11 plus

Students must develop a study plan and schedule in advance if they want to perform well on exams. Start early so there is time to identify strengths and weaknesses. By working through past exam papers, you can help your child become accustomed to the format and style of questions

Practice papers and free familiarisation material are available on the GL Assessment website resources.

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