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Bournemouth School for Girls 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:52 PM

Founded in 1918, Bournemouth School for Girls is a girls’ grammar school for Years 7 to 13. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings and is described as a school where children are “motivated, inspired and enthused by an outstanding quality of teaching”.

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

11 plus exam information for Bournemouth School for Girls

  • Address: Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Cl, Bournemouth, BH8 9UJ

  • County: Dorset

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01202 526289

  • School type: girls' grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,099

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: Thursday 7th July 2022. A virtual open day is also available to watch.

  • 11+ exam dates: September

  • Exam board type: 3 GL papers

Bournemouth School for Girls term dates

The Bournemouth School for Girls term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September to 16th December

  • Half term: 24th-28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd 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 for Girls 11 plus admissions process

  • Registration: open between April to September

  • 11 plus 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 who are both in the priority area and eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (ranked in order of their exam scores). The priority area is: BH1, BH2, BH3, BH4, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH9, BH10, BH11, BH12, BH12 5, BH23 1, BH23 2, BH23 3

  • Students outside the priority area who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (ranked in order of their exam scores)

  • 130 are then assigned in order of exam score ranking

  • Students living within the priority area who are not eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (ranked in order of their exam scores)

  • Any remaining spaces to be filled by eligible students in order of exam score ranking

What is the Bournemouth School for Girls 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 supporting evidence is supplied.

Take a look at the familiarisation material on Bournemouth School for Girls' 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 for Girls.

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

A great way to prepare for the Bournemouth School for Girls 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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