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Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus: parents’ guide for 2023

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Feb 1, 2023, 5:25 PM

Bexley grammar schools 11 plus

Looking for information about the 11 plus for entry to a grammar school in the London Borough of Bexley? We've collated all the information you'll need about the application process for entry in 2024, including what to expect and how to help your child prepare for the exam.

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Key information about the 11 plus in Bexley

  • Registration opens: May 2023

  • Registration closes: June 2023

  • Exam date: week commencing 11th September 2023

  • Exam board type: likely changing to GL Assessment (but yet to be formally announced)

  • Results: early October 2023

  • Local authority common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

  • Admissions information: London Borough of Bexley Council

  • Appeals: contact the schools directly

Dates can vary, so always check with your target schools!

What is the Bexley Selection Test?

Taken in September of Year 6, the Bexley Selection Test is an academic exam (known commonly as the 11 plus) which assesses children’s potential and suitability for grammar schools. If your child scores highly on the Bexley Selection Test, you can include grammar schools in Bexley on your common application form (CAF).

Most primary schools in Bexley hold the Bexley Selection Test on their own sites. However, some may use a testing centre – which your child may be invited to if they are at a school outside of the Bexley local authority.

Which schools use the Bexley Selection Test?

There are four grammar schools in Bexley. All four schools use the Bexley Selection Test (11 plus) to determine which children to give places to in Year 7.

What is on the Bexley Selection Test?

The Bexley Selection Test consists of two test papers. Each paper will be divided into separately timed sections, and instructions will be read out on an audio soundtrack. Most questions are multiple-choice and children write down their answers on a separate answer sheet, which is marked by a computer.

The papers will include questions in four subject areas:

  • Verbal reasoning: your child will be tested on their ability to reason and solve problems with written information

  • Comprehension: questions will assess your child's ability to analyse and interpret a passage of text

  • Non-verbal reasoning: your child will be tested on their ability to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures

  • Mathematical reasoning: questions will assess your child's knowledge and application of Key Stage 2 maths

What is the pass mark for the Bexley Selection Test?

There is no specified pass mark for the Bexley Selection Test. The 180 pupils with the highest scores automatically make up the highest priority group for places at their preferred school. The remaining children who took the test will then go through each school's admissions process if there are still places available.

Your child's raw scores for each section are converted to an age-standardised score. This is to make allowances for their age (in years and months) at the time the test is taken to ensure that children born towards the end of the school year aren't disadvantaged.

The total score is weighted as follows:

  • Verbal reasoning (including comprehension): 50%

  • Non-verbal reasoning: 25%

  • Mathematical reasoning: 25%

The mean (average) total weighted age-standardised score is 200.

The secondary selection process is very competitive – around 30% of children who take the Bexley Selection Test achieve a mark high enough to be able to apply to a grammar school.

How can I help my child prepare for the Bexley Selection Test?

Here are our top tips on how to help your child prepare for the 2023 exam:

No surprises

Make sure your child is familiar with all styles of questions they will experience in the test. This reduces the potential for panic on the day and will give them the confidence to answer questions to the best of their ability. Access to unlimited practice materials that mirror the format and style of the Bexley Selection Test will ensure your child is fully prepared.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives. Starting at least one year before the test will allow your child time to securely build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the content your child prefers. Atom Nucleus tailors your child's personalised learning journey, creating their bespoke programme to cover all elements of the Bexley Selection Test in a fun and engaging way.

Engage with their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help your child progress efficiently. Atom offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the Bexley Selection Test content, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

Personalised 11 plus prep for the Bexley Selection Test

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  • Over 90,000 interactive questions in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning

  • Teacher-created helpsheets and videos to help your child discover new concepts and consolidate their learning

  • Daily live lessons and holiday revision programmes to help your child master key topics and revise efficiently

  • A detailed parent dashboard, allowing you to track your child’s progress, set targets, and quickly create exercises for your child

Bexley Selection Test practice papers

Atom Nucleus gives children access to unlimited online practice papers tailored to the Bexley Selection Test. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of real 11 plus questions, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.

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