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Bournemouth School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:52 PM

Founded in 1901, Bournemouth School is a boys’ grammar school for Years 7 to 11 with a mixed sixth form for Years 12 to 13. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings; the school aims to make a difference in the lives of its students and encourages them to succeed in both their education and all other personal pursuits.

Other schools in the Dorset Consortium include Bournemouth School for Girls, Parkstone Grammar School and Poole Grammar School.

11 plus exam information for Bournemouth School

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

  • County: Dorset

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01202 512609

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,088

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: Thursday 7th July 2022, 6-8pm

  • 11 plus exam dates: September

  • Exam board type: 3 GL papers

Bournemouth School term dates

The Bournemouth School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September to 16th December

  • Half term: 24th-28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January to 31st March

  • Half term: 13th-17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April to 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May-2nd June

The Bournemouth School 11 plus admissions process

Registration: open between April and September 11+ exam dates: September Result notification: October Place allocation notification: March Appeal hearings: must be applied for before April 1st, with appeals held between May and June

Admissions are determined by the child’s rank in the exams, as well as by whether the child is or has been in care. All children whose Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan names the school will be admitted. After this, the admissions policy is as follows:\

  • Students in the priority area (ranked by exam score): BH1, BH2, BH3, BH4, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH9, BH10, BH11, BH12, BH23 1, BH23 2, BH23 3

  • Children of current members of staff (who have worked at the school for a minimum of 2 years)

  • Remaining children ranked by order of exam score

What is the Bournemouth School 11 plus exam format?

The Dorset Consortium 11 plus entrance examination is provided by GL Assessments. It consists of a maths, English and verbal reasoning paper, lasting 45-50 minutes. Extra time can be requested during the registration period if evidence is supplied.

Take a look at the familiarisation material links on the school website for examples of the question and answer formats. The results of these tests, which are standardised according to the age of the child, will determine whether your child will be considered for a place at Bournemouth School.

How do I prepare my child for the Bournemouth School 11 plus exam?

A great way to prepare for the Bournemouth School 11 plus exam is to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the GL exams. These questions can be found in the example papers linked on the school website (as mentioned above).

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