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Bournemouth School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Feb 23, 2023, 1:19 PM

Bournemouth School

Are you considering Bournemouth School for your son? 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 11 plus exam.

About Bournemouth School

Founded in 1901, Bournemouth School is a boys’ grammar school for Years 7 to 11 with a mixed sixth form. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings and has an excellent local reputation. The school is committed to achieving the highest academic standards through a broad and balanced education within a stimulating environment.

Bournemouth School has high expectations of students' learning, their respect for self and others, a sense of community, and dress, behaviour and discipline. Students are offered the support needed to do their best and are asked to take on leadership roles and responsibilities as they move through the school. All pupils have the opportunity to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities, including academic, sports and cultural events.

  • Address: Bournemouth School, East Way, Bournemouth BH8 9PY

  • Local authority: Dorset Council

  • School type: boys' grammar with mixed sixth form

  • Headteacher: Dorian Lewis

  • Number of pupils: 1,150+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 169

  • A level results: 71.2% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 60% A*/A/9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01202 512609

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open evening: 13th July 2023

  • 11 plus registration opens: 17th April 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 8th September 2023

  • Exam date: 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: Dorset Consortium – GL Assessment

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

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Bournemouth School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Bournemouth School are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 2nd January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 23rd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Bournemouth School

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. The 11 plus exam is a challenging exam, designed to select the children working within the top 25% of their year group.

You will need to complete a test registration form to register your son for the 11 plus test. This will be available to complete on the school website between 17th April and 8th September 2023.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your son's results in the 11 plus in a letter posted by the school on 13th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority secondary application form. You must complete the form for your home local authority:

If your son has met the score necessary to be eligible for a place at Bournemouth School, you will be able to name the school as a preference on the form. However, make sure to check the school's oversubscription criteria first; in the likely event that more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available, the school will need to apply oversubscription criteria to prioritise places.

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

What's on the Bournemouth School 11 plus exam?

Bournemouth School is one of four schools within the Dorset Consortium. Children applying to any of these schools will take the same 11 plus exam in September in Year 6.

For entry in 2024, children will take three multiple-choice papers on Saturday 23rd September 2023:

  • Maths: 50 minutes

  • English: 45 minutes

  • Verbal reasoning: 50 minutes

Learn more and get free 11 plus preparation resources in our guide to the 11 plus in Dorset:

Dorset 11 plus

What is the pass mark for Bournemouth School?

Your son's raw scores for the three papers will be standardised according to his age in years and months. This is to ensure that children born later in the school year aren't disadvantaged by being younger. The scores will then be shared with the other three schools in the Dorset Consortium.

All candidates' marks will then be ranked in order of success. There is no set pass mark, as the qualifying standard will be determined by the number of children who have taken the test, and how well the particular cohort has performed.

Achieving the qualifying score doesn't guarantee a place at the school of your choice, as schools are oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Bournemouth School oversubscription criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for Year 7 is 180. If more children reach the standardised pass mark than there are places available, places are allocated in this order:

  1. Looked After or previously Looked After Children

  2. Children who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant, ranked in order of test scores

  3. Children who live within the school priority area (catchment area), ranked in order of test scores

  4. Sons of current members of staff (employed for at least two years)

  5. All remaining eligible children, ranked in order of test scores

Bournemouth School catchment area

The priority area for Bournemouth School covers the following postcodes:

  • BH1, BH2, BH3, BH4, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH9, BH10, BH11, BH12 5

  • BH23 1, BH23 2, BH23 3

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Dorset 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.

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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 Home 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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