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Queens' School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Queens' School 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022


Queens' School has a reputation for high academic standards as the largest co-educational state school in Hertfordshire with an enrolment of over 1,700 students. Queens' School boasts 12 all-weather sports pitches, extensive playing fields, and exam results well above the national average. Aside from the school’s academic standards, they focus on developing children’s character, personality, and contribution to wider society.

Is Queens' School a selective school?

Queens' School is a partially selective co-educational secondary school.

11 plus exam information for Queens' School

  • Address: Queens' School, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 2TY

  • County: Hertfordshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected]

  • School type: co-educational state secondary, partially selective

  • Number of pupils: 1,700 (approximately)

  • Number of Year 7 places: 265

  • Open day: October 2022

  • 11 plus exam dates: September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment – SW Herts Consortium

Queens' School term dates

The school’s term dates for 2022-2023 have not yet been announced, but as a general guide, Queens' School term dates for 2021/2022 were:

  • Term 1: 2nd September to 22nd October

  • Term 2: 1st November to 17th December

  • Term 3: 4th January to 11th February

  • Term 4: 21st February to 1st April

  • Term 5: 19th April to 27th May

  • Term 6: 5th June to 20th July

What is the catchment area for Queens' School?

You do not necessarily need to live within the priority postcode area to attend Queens' School, although 95% of admissions are allocated within the catchment.

The priority postcodes are: WD3-7, WD17-19, WD23-25, AL2 (south of M25), HA6, HA5 3**, HA5 4**, HA3 6**, HA7 3**, HA7 4**

Just 5% of the allocated places come from outside this catchment area. You can find out more about admissions to Queens' School here.

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Queens' School 11 plus admissions process

Not every student needs to sit an entrance test in order to attend the school, as Queens' School is only partially selective. This is only necessary if you want your child to be considered under the academic, music, or sport criterion for admission. Registration for the Queens' School 11 plus must be completed via the SW Herts Consortium here.

When is the Queens' School 11 plus exam taken?

Queens' School 11 plus is to be taken in September of 2022.

When can I apply for the 11 plus exam in Hertfordshire?

Registration for the Queens' School 11 plus opens Monday 11th April via the SW Herts Consortium here.

The Queens' School 11 plus exam format

The South West Herts Consortium 11 plus test is a paper based exam (except for the sporting aptitude test). You can apply for any of the following via the consortium website where applicable:

  • Academic aptitude test

  • Musical aptitude test

  • Sporting aptitude test

Learn more about SW Herts Consortium’s 11 plus test – what is covered and how to prepare – with help from Atom Learning here.

How to prepare for the Queens' School 11 plus

Practicing regularly in small chunks of material from January through to the test date in September will ease your child in until they feel confident with the full length of the final 11 plus test, making the preparation more manageable and preventing overwhelm. Starting your preparation early for the 11 plus is essential to get the best results.

Introducing online mock tests into your child’s routine will then build up exam technique and allow you to get an idea of how well your child is currently performing and any areas they might need further support.

How Atom can help your child prepare for the Queens' School 11 plus

Atom Nucleus is here to support your child for success in the classroom, entrance exams and beyond. With 90,000+ teacher-written practice questions, video tutorials, live exam prep courses and lessons and unlimited mock tests that mirror the content, structure and design of the South West Hertfordshire exam, your child can go into exam day feeling confident and prepared.

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