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

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Located in the large and thriving village of Burnham, this co-educational grammar school resides in the top 200 schools nationwide. With 96% of its students achieving Grade 5 or above at GCSE, it is an ideal learning community to be a part of. Burnham Grammar School provides the necessary support and reassurance for its students to strive for their highest potential.

Burnham Grammar School is part of The Beeches Learning and Development Trust (BLDT) and are holders of the Investors in People Gold award and south of England IIP Champion and finalist for Gold Employer of the Year.

11 plus exam information for Burnham Grammar School

  • Address: Burnham Grammar School, Hogfair Lane, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, SL1 7HG

  • County: Buckinghamshire, Southeast England

  • Admissions contacts details: [email protected], 01296 395000

  • School Type: co-educational grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 895

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: September/October

  • 11 plus exam date: September (two papers on the same day)

  • Exam board type: Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools 11 plus, administered by GL assessment

Burnham Grammar School term dates

The Burnham Grammar School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October - 31st October

  • Spring term: 3rd January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th February - 20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May - 5th June

Burnham Grammar School admissions process

Burnham Grammar School is one of 13 schools belonging to The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) company. Prospective students sit two 11 plus exams on the same day to secure a Year 7 place. Attaining the required qualifying score determines successful admission.

Should there ever be more applicants than available spaces, priority is given to:

  • Looked after children and those that have been looked after previously

  • Students who are currently eligible for free school meals at the time of the application deadline

  • Children who are within the catchment area of the school

  • Those with siblings currently enrolled at the school

  • Students with exceptional medical or social needs that can only be met by the school

Burnham Grammar School also has a waiting list which is ranked according to the above criteria. Take a look at the Burnham Grammar School admissions policy for more details.

Each applicant's score will be based on an age-standardised scoring system to ensure all candidates have a fair chance. The total of the age-standardised scores produces an overall Secondary Transfer Score (STTS). Students must score at least 121 on the STTS to be admitted to the school.

The oversubscription criteria ranking (above) will be followed if the number of candidates obtaining the STTS exceeds the number of places available.

What is the Burnham Grammar School catchment area?

Burnham Grammar School follows a catchment area system. Priority is for those who live closest to the school.

How do I apply for Burnham Grammar School?

Primary school pupils in Buckinghamshire are automatically registered and they will take a Preparation Test before sitting the Secondary Transfer Test in September. Buckinghamshire Council can accept applications if your child does not attend a Buckinghamshire primary school or attend an independent school. Applications must be submitted by 23rd June 2022.

What is the Burnham 11 plus exam format?

The GL exam board administers the 11 plus test at Burnham Grammar School. In the autumn, candidates will take two tests on the same day. Each paper is approximately 60 minutes long. The test will assess verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths skills.

How to prepare your child for the Burnham Grammar School 11 plus

Applicants must develop a study plan and schedule in advance if they want to perform well on exams. Start early so there is time to identify strengths and weaknesses. You can help your child become accustomed to the format and style of questions by looking at past exam papers. GL Assessment offers free familiarisation materials and papers on their website.

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