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John Hampden Grammar School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:52 PM

John Hampden Grammar School is a selective boys’ school near Little Marlow, set amidst the rich meadows of the river valley. GCSE achievement is 95% grade 5 and above and the school proudly sits amongst the top 50 state schools in England. It is also one of the leading 20 schools in Buckinghamshire.

John Hampden staff and students provide outstanding support and there are many opportunities available to its students. There are a wide range of experiences offered, which are essential in providing students with the confidence and knowledge to take responsibility for their progress and prepare for their future.

11 plus information for John Hampden Grammar School

  • Address: John Hampden Grammar School, Marlow Hill, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1SZ

  • County: Buckinghamshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01494 529589

  • School type: boys’ grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,156

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: 7th July 2022

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

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

John Hampden Grammar School term dates

The term dates for John Hampden Grammar School 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 21st October - 31st October

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 10th February - 20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 26th May – 5th June

How and when to apply to John Hampden Grammar School

Buckinghamshire primary school pupils are automatically enrolled for the Buckinghamshire Council 11 plus - the exam taken by those wishing to enter John Hampden Grammar School. Applications for a particular school place must be made through the Buckinghamshire Council website.

Boys 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.

John Hampden Grammar School admissions process

John Hampden 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.

Each applicant's score will be based on an age-standardised scoring system to ensure all candidates have a fair chance. The total of the age-standardised scores produces an overall Secondary Transfer Score (STTS). Students must score at least 121 on the STTS to be admitted to the school.

If there are more applicants than available spaces, priority is given to:

  • Previously looked after boys and those who are currently looked after

  • Applicants who are currently eligible for free school meals at the time of application

  • Those with siblings currently enrolled at the school

  • Those with exceptional medical or social needs that only the school can provide

  • Students living within the John Hampden Grammar School catchment area

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

John Hampden Grammar School's waiting list is ranked according to the above criteria. More information is available in the John Hampden Grammar School admissions policy.

The John Hampden Grammar School 11 plus exam format and content

Applicants for John Hampden 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 son for the John Hampden Grammar School 11 plus test

The best way to succeed in the 11 plus exam is by developing a study schedule and planning well in advance. Establish a study schedule and plan early so that strengths and weaknesses can be identified. Practising past exam papers will help your son become familiar with the format and style of questions.

Practice papers and free familiarisation material are available from Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools and on the GL Assessment website. These can be useful resources as your son looks to gain experience of the format and likely content of the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test.

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