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Bexley Grammar School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Feb 21, 2023, 12:10 PM

Bexley Grammar School 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering Bexley Grammar School for your child? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about key dates, the admissions process, and how to excel in the Bexley Selection Test 11 plus exam.

About Bexley Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School is a mixed (girls and boys) school in the south-east London Borough of Bexley. It was founded in 1955 by local MP Edward Heath and converted into an Academy in January 2011. Rated Outstanding by Ofted for over 15 years, it remains one of the UK’s leading schools for the teaching of modern languages. All students study at least two modern languages at GCSE and the school has adopted the International Baccalaureate (IB) system for sixth form students.

Bexley Grammar strives to develop students who value 'intellect, empathy and courage', and offers opportunities for international trips and foreign exchanges, as well as taking advantage of the learning activities on offer in London.

  • Address: Danson Lane, Welling, DA16 2BL

  • Local authority: London Borough of Bexley

  • School type: mixed grammar

  • Headteacher: Stephen Elphick

  • Number of pupils: 1,460

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 67

  • A level results: 82.2% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 74.9% 9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 210

  • 11 plus registration opens: 15th May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 30th June 2023

  • Exam date: week of 11th September 2023

  • Exam type: Bexley Selection Test

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Bexley Grammar School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Bexley Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 21st December 2023

  • Half term: 20th–30th October 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 24th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Bexley Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School shares an entrance test with the three other schools in the London Borough of Bexley (Beths Grammar, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar, and Townley Grammar). This means that your child only needs to take one exam – known as the Bexley Selection Test – to apply for these schools.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

While your child is in Year 5, register them to take the Bexley Selection Test on the council website. Registration opens in early May each year and closes at the end of June.

If you are considering schools outside Bexley, such as grammar schools in Kent, remember to register for their 11 plus exams too.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your child's 11 plus results by the 17th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Bexley Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, how close you live to a school is an important factor in whether your child is likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Bexley Grammar School 11 plus exam?

The 11 plus exam for Bexley Grammar School (the Bexley Selection Test) will take place during the week of 11th September 2023. Your child will be assigned a test slot on one day during this week.

It consists of two papers, which include questions in four subject areas:

  • English comprehension

  • Maths

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Non-verbal reasoning

In April 2023, Bexley Council announced they're changing their 11 plus provider from CEM to GL Assessment.

Learn more and get free preparation resources in our full guide to the Bexley Selection Test:

Bexley 11 plus exam guide

What is the pass mark for Bexley Grammar School?

There is no specified pass mark for Bexley Grammar School. After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across both papers. These total scores are ranked in order and the 180 highest-scoring children are eligible to be considered for a place. As a result, the cut-off score varies from year to year and is only decided after the tests have been marked.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

According to Bexley Council:

Only about 30% of children get a high enough mark to be able to apply to grammar school. Last year, 6,656 pupils registered to sit the test, and 2,047 were deemed selected. Getting into this group doesn’t guarantee a grammar school place, but it means grammar schools will look at your child’s application first.

Bexley Grammar School oversubscription criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 210. When there are more eligible applicants than there are places available, places are allocated in this order:

  1. Looked-After or previously Looked-After Children.

  2. Children who have achieved the highest 180 scores in the Selection Test.

  3. Children who have a sibling at the school.

  4. Children who have a parent employed by the school for two or more years.

  5. Children who live closest to the school, regardless of their test score. Distance is measured as a straight line distance between the child's home address to the middle gate entrance to Bexley Grammar School. Selection Test scores are used as a tie-breaker when the distance is identical.

Bexley Grammar School catchment area

There is no catchment area for Bexley Grammar School. The highest-scoring 180 children are offered a place at the school regardless of how far they live from it. The places offered on distance (criteria 5 above) vary each year depending on the number of available places and where the applicants live.

In 2022 the furthest address from the school at which a child was offered a place under criteria 5 was 1.92 miles.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Bexley 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

Atom Nucleus is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of the Bexley Selection Test at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Nucleus offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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Personalised 11 plus prep for your child

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Atom Nucleus is the award-winning online 11 plus practice platform that gives your child everything they need to prepare for grammar school exams.

Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in English, maths and reasoning. Teacher-created helpsheets and videos help them discover new concepts and consolidate their learning.

Atom's algorithm keeps children on their ideal learning path, tailored to their unique learning style and pace to keep them challenged and motivated.

Bexley 11 plus practice papers

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

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