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Dr Challoner's Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Since the school began educating the boys of Amersham in the early 17th century, Dr Challoner's reputation has been well-established. Not only is it one of the top five performing secondary schools in Buckinghamshire but Dr Challoner’s also ranks within the top 200 schools in England. 99% of all students receive a Grade 5 or higher at GCSE.

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School ensures that all students are supported in a caring and enriching environment that values each as a unique individual.

The school recently achieved outstanding at Ofsted. In 2020 the school was awarded ‘The School of Character kitemark’ and in the same year was announced as the best sporting state school in the country.

11 plus information for Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

  • Address: Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Chesham Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5HA

  • County: Buckinghamshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01494 787500

  • School type: boys’ grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,363

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: January, March and July

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

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

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School term dates

The term dates for Dr Challoner’s Grammar School 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 21st October – 7th November

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 10th February - 20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 26th May - 5th June

How and when to apply for Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

For pupils who attend a Buckinghamshire primary school, registration is automatic and the schools will take a Preparation Test before sitting the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Secondary Transfer Test in September. Applications for a particular school place must be made through the Buckinghamshire Council website.

Children who attend schools outside of Buckinghamshire or independent schools can register for the test between 6th May 2022 and 24th June 2022. Applicants also need to notify their home local authority of their school preference.

In 2021, Buckinghamshire Council Secondary Transfer Test results were released on the 15th of October and the deadline for school applications was 31st October. The national offer day is set to be 1st March 2022.

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

There are 13 schools in the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) company, including Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. In order to secure a place in Year 7, applicants must pass two 11 plus exams. The 11 plus exam is Buckinghamshire Council’s own Secondary Transfer Test, set by GL Assessments.

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.

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

  • Looked after boys and previously looked after boys

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

  • Those who have a sibling currently in attendance at the school

  • Qualified sons of staff

  • Boys who are living in the Dr Challoner’s Grammar School catchment area

This oversubscription criteria ranking will be followed if the number of candidates obtaining the STTS exceeds the number of places available.

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School also has a waiting list which is ranked according to the above criteria. More information can be found in Dr Challoner’s Grammar School admissions policy.

Dr Challoner's Grammar School 11 plus exam format and content

Applicants for Dr Challoner's Grammar School are assessed through the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test, which includes two multiple-choice papers:

  • Paper 1 (60 minutes, including 20 minutes for introduction and examples): comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning.

  • Paper 2 (60 minutes, including 20 minutes for introduction and examples): non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and mathematics.

How to prepare your child for the Dr Challoner's Grammar School 11 plus test

It is best to start 11+ preparation at the end of Year 4 or 5, ensuring your child gains familiarity with the test process and timed sections and secures a solid understanding of all Key Stage 2 content. A lot of topics on the 11 plus won’t have been covered yet by your child's school. Setting weekly targets for your child will help them prepare for the upcoming exams and beyond by staying on track.

Practice papers and free familiarisation material are available from Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools and on the GL Assessment website.

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