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Herschel Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023

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Herschel Grammar School: a parents' guide for 2023


Founded in 1952 in Slough, Herschel Grammar School is a mixed grammar school for Years 7 to 13. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings, citing “pupils’ behaviour and attitude to learning” as real strengths. The school aims to improve social and emotional skills and wellbeing alongside students’ exam performance, to prepare them to make valuable contributions within their communities.

Other schools within the Slough Consortium include Langley Grammar School, St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School.

11 plus exam information for Herschel Grammar School

  • Address: Northampton Ave, Slough SL1 3BW

  • Area: Slough, Berkshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01753 520950

  • School type: mixed grammar

  • Number of pupils: 900 (approximately)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150 (approximately)

  • Open day date: Currently only available virtually (more information on the school website)

  • 11 plus exam dates: September

  • Exam board type: Slough Consortium

Herschel Grammar School term dates

The Herschel Grammar School term dates for 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 2nd January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 22nd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Herschel Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

  • Registration: open between May and June

  • 11 plus exam dates: September

  • Result notification: End of October

  • Place allocation notification: March

  • Appeal hearings: must be applied for within 20 school days of place allocations being published. Hearings happen between April and June

Students are eligible for admission if they achieve a score of 111 on the 11 plus entrance exam. Admissions are also determined by whether the child is or has been in care, as well as the catchment area. All children whose Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan names the school will be admitted.

Using information from the most recently published test information, here is an insight into the number of pupils who applied to each of the four schools in the Slough Consortium, and their success rate:

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Herschel Grammar School catchment area

Priority Admission Areas determine admissions choices if the school is oversubscribed, which is likely. Pupils living within the school catchment area, which is defined as a home address within 4 miles of the school, are more likely to be admitted, with those closer to the school receiving higher priority.

Up to a further 10 places will be offered to eligible applicants with a home address within 10 miles of the school, with any remaining places being allocated by the student’s rank in exam performance.

What is the Herschel Grammar School 11 plus exam format?

The Slough Consortium formally used CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) as its 11 plus provider until 2022. However, CEM has given notice that it will no longer be offering paper-based tests for entry to grammar schools. Alternative arrangements are now being put in place by the Slough Consortium for entry to a Slough grammar school in 2024.

Further information will be made available here when these arrangements are confirmed.

How can my child prepare for the Herschel Grammar School 11 plus exam?

Your child can prepare for the Herschel Grammar School 11 plus exam by recapping the content they have learnt in Key Stage 2 English and maths, and practising verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning questions.

To learn more about preparing for the Herschel Grammar School 11 plus, take a look at our parents' guide to the Slough Consortium 11 plus.

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