Are you considering Chesham 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 prepare for the Buckinghamshire 11 plus exam.
Chesham Grammar School is a selective state school in Buckinghamshire for boys and girls aged 11–18. The school has a reputation for excellence, with consistently outstanding academic results, and is currently ranked well within the top 100 state secondary schools in England.
Pupils at Chesham Grammar School study a broad, challenging and ambitious curriculum from Key Stage 3, helping them develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge for higher levels. Alongside traditional subjects, pupils have lessons in engineering, food technology, textiles, computer science, and a range of creative arts. Older students are well-supported in their career planning with dedicated career lessons on the curriculum, and the school has been recognised for its provision with an Investor in Careers Quality Award.
Chesham Grammar School produces confident, articulate and compassionate students who are well-equipped for life in the 21st century. Almost all students progress to their first-choice university, with places at Oxford and Cambridge every year.
Address: Chesham Grammar School, White Hill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1BA
Local authority: Buckinghamshire Council
School type: mixed grammar
Headteacher: Annmarie McNaney
Number of pupils: 1,300+
National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 63
A level results: 81.5% A*–B
GCSE results: 81.2% 9/8/7
Admissions contact: [email protected], 01494 782854
Number of places in Year 7: 180
Open evening: TBC
Exam registration opens (out-of-county applications): 5th May 2023
Exam registration closes (out-of-county applications): 16th June 2023
Exam date: 14th September 2023
Exam type: Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test
Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023
National school offer day: 1st March 2024
The 2023–2024 term dates at Chesham Grammar School are:
Autumn term: 6th September – 15th December 2023
Half term: 20th–30th October 2023
Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024
Half term: 10th–18th February 2024
Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
Half term: 25th May – 2nd June 2024
Chesham Grammar School is a member of The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). This consortium administers the 11 plus exam (Secondary Transfer Test) for all 13 grammar schools in the county.
Buckinghamshire’s 11 plus registration process is unique as they operate an ‘opt-out’ system. If your child attends a Buckinghamshire primary school, they will automatically be registered to take the test.
If your child's primary school is not in Buckinghamshire and you would like to apply for a place at Chesham Grammar School, you will need to register for the Secondary Transfer Test separately. Registration will be open on the Buckinghamshire Council website between 5th May 2023 and 16th June 2023.
You will receive your child's results in the Secondary Transfer Test on 13th October 2023. If your child has achieved the pass mark in the exam, they will be eligible for a place at the school. You will then be able to name Chesham Grammar School on your common application form.
Before listing Chesham Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. Passing the Secondary Transfer Test will not be a guarantee of a place as more children reach the qualifying standard each year than there are places available.
The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023. The form must be completed for your home local authority – i.e. if you live in Buckinghamshire you will need to complete the form on the Buckinghamshire Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.
Children applying for Year 7 entry to Chesham Grammar School will take the 11 plus on the school site on Thursday 14th September 2023. The exam consists of two multiple-choice papers, each lasting around one hour:
English and verbal reasoning
Non-verbal reasoning and maths
Learn about the exam in more detail in our full guide to the Buckinghamshire 11 plus:
Your child's test papers in the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test will be marked and weighted. The English and verbal reasoning test will have a weighting of 50% applied, while the non-verbal reasoning and maths sections will be weighted at 25% each. The total of all scores will then be age-standardised to avoid any potential disadvantage for younger children. This overall mark will be your child's Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS).
The qualifying score in the Secondary Transfer Test is 121. If your child achieves a score of 121 or higher, they will be eligible for entry to Chesham Grammar School.
Unlike other grammar schools in the country, children in Buckinghamshire are not ranked in order of their scores. Grammar school entry is entirely dependent on whether or not the child has scored 121, and whether they meet the individual school's admission criteria. We've included the admission criteria for Chesham Grammar below.
There are 180 places available in Year 7 at Chesham Grammar School. Children who achieve the qualifying score and who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be allocated places before the admission criteria is applied.
If the number of eligible children then exceeds the number of places available, the school will apply oversubscription criteria in order:
Looked after and previously looked after children
Children who live in the catchment area and qualify for free school meals
Siblings of children currently at Chesham Grammar School
Children of staff employed by Chesham Grammar School for at least two years
All other children living in the catchment area
Children who have exceptional social or medical needs that can only be met by the school
All other children, prioritised by closeness to the school
Chesham Grammar School operates a catchment area to prioritise eligible children living close to the school. This includes the areas of Amersham, Chesham, Prestwood, Great Missenden, Asheridge, Lye Green, Little Chalfont, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont Common, Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross.
Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test.
The Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across and beyond the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
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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