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

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This co-educational grammar school can be found nestled in the centre of the Chiltern valleys in Chesham: an attractive town with close links to the capital. The school was rated as outstanding by Ofsted in 2014 and has a 96% achievement rate at GCSE. Most students are accepted to their first choice of university, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Chesham Grammar School has an ambitious curriculum offering a broad and balanced education to all. The curriculum offered at each Key Stage ensures that students are prepared for the next step in their education or lives.

11 plus exam information for Chesham Grammar School

  • Address: Chesham Grammar School, White Hill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1BA

  • County: Buckinghamshire, Southeast England

  • Admissions contacts details: [email protected], 01494 782854

  • School Type: co-educational grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,219

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: September/October

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

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

Chesham Grammar School term dates

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

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 21st October - 31st October

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 11th February - 19th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 20th July

  • Half term: 27th May - 4th June

Chesham Grammar School admissions process

Chesham Grammar School is one of 13 schools that are part of The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) company. On the same day, students sit two 11 plus exams to gain entry into Year 7. Successful applicants must achieve a qualifying score.

Should there 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

  • Those with siblings currently enrolled at the school

  • Children who are within the catchment area of the school

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

The school waiting list is ranked according to the above criteria. Further information is available on Chesham Grammar School's admissions policy.

The applicants’ scores will reflect an age-standardised scoring system to ensure all candidates have a fair chance regardless of their birthday. The total of the age-standardised scores provides an overall Secondary Transfer Test score (STTS). Children will need to obtain a score of at least 121 to receive a place at the school.

If more candidates obtain the STTS than there are places available, the oversubscription ranking (above) will be followed.

What is the Chesham Grammar School catchment area?

Chesham Grammar School follows a catchment area system. Priority is for those who live closest to the school. There is a map of the Chesham Grammar School catchment area on the school website.

How do I apply for Chesham 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 if they attend an independent school. Applications must be submitted by 23rd June 2022.

What is the Chesham Grammar School 11 plus exam format?

The 11 plus test at Chesham Grammar is administered by the GL exam board. 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 Chesham Grammar School 11 plus

Pupils must develop a study plan and schedule in advance if they want to perform well on exams. We recommend that pupils start preparing early so there is time to identify strengths and weaknesses. Looking at past exam papers will help your child become familiar with the format and style of questions. GL Assessment offers free familiarisation materials and papers on their website.

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