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Ilford County High School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

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May 15, 2023, 10:06 AM

Ilford County High School, Redbridge

Are you considering Ilford County High School in Redbridge for your son? 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 11 plus exam.


About Ilford County High School

Ilford County High School is a grammar school for boys aged 11 to 18 in the London Borough of Redbridge. The school provides its students with the opportunities to become free-thinking, kind and inspirational leaders.

Boys at Ilford County High School are supported to excel within a supportive and cheerful environment. The curriculum is broad and balanced, with subjects including business studies, economics, politics, computer science, and food prep and nutrition embedded alongside traditional studies. Pupils are encouraged to get involved in a successful and thriving enrichment programme which provides a wealth of opportunities in sport, creative arts, languages and more.

  • Address: Ilford County High School, Fremantle Road, Barkingside, Ilford, IG6 2JB

  • Local authority: London Borough of Redbridge

  • School type: boys' grammar

  • Headteacher: Rebecca Drysdale

  • Number of pupils: 1,150+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 87

  • A level results: 75.8% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 76.7% 9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 020 8551 6496

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open evening: 11th May 2023

  • 11 plus registration opens: 1st May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 30th June 2023

  • Exam date: 15th September 2023

  • Exam type: Redbridge 11 plus

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Ilford County High School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Ilford County High School are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 20th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 4th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 19th–23rd February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 23rd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Ilford County High School

1. Register for the Redbridge 11 plus

Boys applying for Year 7 entry to Ilford County High School take the Redbridge 11 plus. This exam is also taken at the local girls' grammar school, Woodford County High School.

The 11 plus is designed to select children who are working within the top 25% of the academic ability range for their year group. Before registering for the exam, speak to your child's teacher to see if the 11 plus and a grammar school education is right for them.

To register your son for the Redbridge 11 plus, fill in the online form on the Redbridge Council website. This will open on 1st May 2023 and close at 5pm on 30th June 2023.

2. Apply for a school place

You will receive your son's results in the Redbridge 11 plus in mid-October 2023. If your child has achieved the pass mark in the exam, he will be eligible for a place at the school. You will then be able to name Ilford County High School on your common application form.

Before listing Ilford County High School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. Passing the second stage of the assessment will still not be a guarantee of a place as more boys 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 Redbridge you will need to complete the form on the Redbridge Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.

What's on the Ilford County High School 11 plus exam?

Boys applying for Year 7 entry to Ilford County High School will take the 11 plus on the school site on Friday 15th September 2023. The exam consists of two multiple-choice papers, each taking between 50 minutes and one hour to complete:

  • English and verbal reasoning

  • Maths and non-verbal reasoning

Learn about the exam in more detail in our full guide to the Redbridge 11 plus:

Redbridge 11 plus exam guide

What is the pass mark for Ilford County High School?

Your son's marks in the two papers will be added together and converted to a standardised score to allow for the age differences of children in the year group.

The pass mark for the Redbridge 11 plus test is 104. Your child will need to achieve a score equal to or higher than 104 to be eligible for a place at the school.

However, meeting the pass mark doesn't guarantee that your child will be allocated a place. In September 2022, nearly 1,400 children took the Redbridge 11 plus for entry to Ilford County High School and 466 boys achieved a score of 104 or more. As the school is always heavily oversubscribed, oversubscription criteria are used to allocate places.

Ilford County High School oversubscription criteria

Ilford County High School has a planned admission number (PAN) of 180. Boys who achieve a standardised score in the exam of 104 or more and who have an Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted as a priority. The remaining places will then be allocated to children who have passed the exam in the following order of priority:

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children

  2. Children who appear to have previously been in state care outside of England and Wales

  3. Children living in the catchment area who are entitled to the pupil premium

  4. Other children living in the catchment area

  5. Children living outside the catchment area

If there is a tiebreak between candidates with the same score, priority will be given to the child who lives closest to the school, determined by a measured walking distance using public roads and recognised footpaths.

Ilford County High School catchment area

The catchment area for Ilford County High School extends to Loughton in the north, Walthamstow in the west, Hainault Forest Country Park in the east and Ilford in the south. You can check to see if your postcode falls within the catchment area on the Redbridge Council website.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Ilford County High School 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus for entry to lford County High School is academically rigorous and 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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