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

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

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Bexley Grammar School (BGS) is a co-educational school for pupils aged 11 to 18 in the London borough of Bexley. It was founded in 1955 by local MP Edward Heath and converted into an Academy in January 2011.

Bexley Grammar School used to be a Specialist Language College before this funding stream was discontinued, but it remains one of the UK’s leading schools for the teaching of modern languages. All students at BGS study at least two modern languages at GCSE and the school has adopted the International Baccalaureate (IB) system for sixth form students.

Bexley Grammar School students are offered a wide range of opportunities; in particular, the school organises a number of international trips and foreign exchanges. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the range of learning activities on offer in London and they regularly attend university lectures in science and maths.

Bexley Grammar School has been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted for over a decade.a

Bexley Grammar School 11 plus information

  • Address: Bexley Grammar School, Danson Lane, Welling, DA16 2BL

  • County: London

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,429

  • Number of places in Year 7: 192

  • Open day date: TBC, throughout September-October. They also offer a virtual open experience here

  • 11 plus exam dates: week commencing 12th September 2022

  • Exam board type: Bexley Selection test

Bexley Grammar School term dates

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

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 16th December

  • Half term: 21st October – 31st October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th February – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Bexley Grammar School selection tests (11 plus)

All students applying for admission to Bexley Grammar School in Year 7 sit the Bexley selection test in September of Year 6. Most of the primary schools in Bexley 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 Bexley Grammar School

Parents must register their child to sit the Bexley Grammar School selection test by the beginning of July, on the London Borough of Bexley website. Tests usually take place in the second and third weeks of September in Year 6. Selection test results are emailed to parents in early October.

Parents of pupils applying to Bexley Grammar School must also complete a common application form (CAF). If your child is a resident in the London Borough of Bexley, you should apply for a place via the Bexley School Admissions Team. If your child is not a resident in Bexley, you should apply via your home Local Authority (LA). The CAF form will be available online via your home LA from 1st September. The deadline to submit the CAF online is 31st October, so you will know whether your child passed the test before you have to submit your CAF.

The national offer day for school choices is 1st March 2023.

Bexley Grammar School admissions process

The Bexley Grammar School selection test scores are adjusted based on children’s age and weighted across the cohort. The score a child needs to be considered for a place at Bexley Grammar School is based on the number of places available. In 2021, 192 places at the school were awarded, while 3,154 applicants ranked the school as their top choice on their application forms.

BGS assesses applicants in part based on their proximity to the school. In 2021, all accepted applicants lived within 2.5 miles (in a straight line) from the school. This information is provided on their website to help parents make reasonable judgements on their children’s chance of being offered a place.

If your child is not offered a place at BGS, they can be placed on the waiting list as long as they have scored highly enough on the Bexley selection test. Parents may also lodge appeals with the independent School Appeals Panel. In the last three years, no appeals for places to Bexley Grammar School have been successful.

Bexley Grammar School 11 plus exam format

Bexley Grammar School uses the Bexley 11 plus test, which is set by the CEM exam board. Split into two papers, it assesses your child on a variety of questions covering verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning.

Each paper takes approximately 50 minutes. Most of the questions are multiple choice, except for a small number of questions in the numerical reasoning section.

Find out more about the Bexley 11 plus test here.

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