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Ilford County High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Ilford County High School: A Parents' Guide for 2022


Ilford County High School is a boys’ grammar school which was one of the original selective state schools in Redbridge. There are 180 places for Year 7 and the school has a growing sixth form. The school has been recently rated as 'Good' by Ofsted and is in the highest 20% of schools nationally for student progress.

Ilford County High School exam results 2021


  • Grades 8/9 – 49%

  • Grade 7+ - 70%

A level:

  • A* – 15%

  • A*/A – 40.3%

  • A*-B – 63.1%

11 plus information for Ilford County High School

  • Address: Fremantle Road, Barkingside, Ilford, IG6 2JB

  • Area: London Borough of Redbridge

  • Headteacher: Mrs R Drysdale

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

  • School type: boys’ grammar, academy

  • Number of pupils: 1,000 (approximately)

  • Number of Year 7 places: 180

  • Open day: June

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 17th September 2022

  • Exam board: CEM

Ilford County High School term dates 2022-23

  • Autumn term: 31st August – 20th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 5th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Admissions to Ilford County High School

Ilford County High School is part of the Pan London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. The school uses an 11 plus test format and selects pupils from the 180 top scorers for admission.

It is advised by the London Borough of Redbridge that children who live outside the Local Authority of Redbridge should not apply to sit the test, as there have not been any children from outside the area admitted before. Applicants living closest to the schools are given priority.

How and when to apply to Ilford County High School

To apply to the school, you'll need to complete an online application form available on the Redbridge Borough website. The deadline to register your child to sit the 11 plus for Redbridge grammar schools is the end of June.

A Common Application Form from your Local Authority (LA) must also be completed. The date for this will be set by the LA, but it is usually the October of Year 6.

When is the Ilford County High School 11 plus exam taken?

After applying for a place at the school, applicants will sit the borough’s 11 plus test on Saturday 17th September 2022.

When do 11 plus results come out?

You will find out your child's 11 plus results before completing the Common Application Form from your LA in October of Year 6. For children who have achieved the pass mark of 104, parents can list their chosen grammar schools in order of preference on the application. For children who do not achieve the pass mark, parents can produce an order of preference from non-selective schools, or select grammar schools for the appeal process in March.

In March, you will be informed whether your child has been offered a place at their first-choice school, or given information regarding the appeals process.

Ilford County High School entrance exam format

The test for both Redbridge grammar schools’ 11 plus is administered by the CEM exam board. Split into two papers, it assesses your child on a variety of questions covering:

Each paper takes approximately 30 minutes. Most of the questions are multiple choice, except for a small number of questions in the numerical reasoning section.

Learn more about what is covered on the papers in Atom's guide to CEM 11 plus.

How to prepare for the Ilford County High School 11 plus

Starting 11 plus practice early will make the preparation journey fun and effective. Introducing verbal and non-verbal reasoning at home is particularly important because it is unlikely your child will encounter these question styles in school.

Redbridge Borough has made familiarisation papers available to give your child examples of what to expect. See our guide to Redbridge grammar schools for more guidance on how to prepare.

How Atom can help your child prepare for the 11 plus

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Our curriculum of over 90,000 teacher-written practice questions reflects the 11 plus exam content. Atom's adaptive algorithm creates your child's unique optimal learning journey to ensure they’ve securely mastered every subtopic they need to before test day.

London Redbridge Grammar Schools 11 plus exams

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