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Beths Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Beths Grammar School is a selective boys' school (with girls joining at sixth form) in the south-east London borough of Bexley. It became a grammar school in 1976 and ranks highly within the borough for GCSE and A Level grades.

The school was awarded the specialty status of a DfES technology college and received extra funding for design and technology, ICT, maths and science. More recently the school gained a specialism in modern foreign languages. The school’s purpose-built labs allow students to access state-of-the-art facilities while working on electronics, graphics, product design and coding.

Beths Grammar School is rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Beths Grammar School 11 plus information

Beths Grammar School term dates

Beths Grammar School’s term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 31st August – 21st December

  • Half term: 21st October – 31st October

  • Spring term: 9th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th February – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Beths Grammar School 11 plus test

Beths Grammar School is part of the Bexley Grammar Schools consortium. All students applying to Beths Grammar School for Year 7 will sit the Bexley selection test in September of Year 6. Primary schools in Bexley often have their own test sites, but some use a testing centre, which is where your child will take the test if they are not attending a Bexley primary school.

How and when to apply to Beths Grammar School

Boys applying to Beths Grammar School must be registered to set the Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus test by the start of July. This can be done through the London Borough of Bexley website.

The 11 plus test usually takes place during the second and third weeks of September in Year 6. The results are emailed to parents in early October.

The common application form (CAF) must also be completed by parents applying to Beths Grammar School. Parents living outside Bexley should apply via their home Local Authority (LA). The CAF form becomes available online via your local authority from 1st September. The CAF must be submitted online by 31st October, so parents will know whether their child passed the test before submitting the CAF.

Parents will find out whether their son has been accepted to Beths Grammar School by 1st March in 2022; this is likely to be similar in 2023.

Beths Grammar School admissions process

Scores for the Bexley Grammar School selection test are age-standardised and weighted across the cohort. The score necessary for consideration for a place at Beths Grammar School is based on the number of places available. In 2021, the school awarded 192 places, while 1,515 applicants ranked Beths Grammar School as their top choice on their application forms.

Beths Grammar School assesses applicants partly based on how near they live to the school. In 2021, all accepted applicants lived within 10.9 miles (in a straight line) from the school. Further information is provided in the council's guide Admission to Secondary Schools in Bexley 2022-2023 to help parents make reasonable judgements on their son’s chance of being offered a place.

If your son is not offered a place at Beths Grammar School, he can be placed on the waiting list if he has scored highly enough on the Bexley selection test.

Beths Grammar School 11 plus exam format

The Bexley Grammar Schools' 11 plus test has two papers that cover a mixture of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths. The sections are timed and under an hour in length. Both papers are predominantly multiple-choice, but some of the maths questions are in a standard format which requires students to write down their answers and show workings out.

It will be useful for you to familiarise your son with the format of the CEM 11 plus exams in advance.

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