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Redbridge 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:24 PM

Redbridge Grammar Schools 11 plus

Looking for information about the 11 plus for entry to a grammar school in the London Borough of Redbridge? We've collated all the information you'll need about the application process for entry in September 2024, including what to expect and how to help your child prepare for the exam.

Key information about the 11 plus in Redbridge

  • Registration opens: 1st May 2023

  • Registration closes: 30th June 2023 (5pm)

  • Exam board: GL Assessment

  • 11 plus exam day: Friday 15th September 2023

  • Results: October 2023

  • Local authority common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

  • Appeals: contact the schools directly

  • Admissions information: London Borough of Redbridge website

  • Appeals: conducted through the London Borough of Redbridge local authority

What is the Redbridge 11 plus?

The 11 plus is an entrance exam used by grammar schools in the UK as part of their entrance process. It's used to estimate each child's academic potential, and to decide if they will thrive in a grammar school. Children take the test in September while they are in Year 6. Your child must pass the 11 plus to get into selective grammar schools, although passing the test does not guarantee admission to a school.

If your child is applying for a grammar school in the London Borough of Redbridge, they will take the exam at the school they are applying for:

Living within the catchment area is an important factor in the selection process for both schools. No child who lives outside the catchment area has ever been offered a place at either Ilford County or Woodford County High School.

What is on the Redbridge 11 plus test?

Children applying for a grammar school in Redbridge will take two test papers on Friday 15th September 2023. Both papers are set by GL Assessment.

  • English and verbal reasoning: children will be tested on their reading comprehension skills, their accuracy in spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary, and their ability to reason and solve problems with letters, words, symbols and numbers.

  • Maths and non-verbal reasoning: pupils will be tested on their ability to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures, and content covered in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum for maths.

Each paper will last approximately 50 minutes to one hour. All questions in both papers are multiple-choice; children will be given a question book and a separate answer book in which to mark down their answers, which is marked electronically.

What is the pass mark for the Redbridge 11 plus?

When your child's test is marked, their raw score will be converted to a standardised score to allow for the age differences of children across the year group.

The pass mark for the Redbridge 11 plus test is 104. Any child who scores 104 or higher will be eligible for a place at Woodford County or Ilford County High School.

The 11 plus in Redbridge is competitive. In 2022–23, a total of 2,741 children took the exam, of which 928 children (34%) achieved a score of 104 or more. However, meeting the pass mark alone does not automatically mean that your child will be allocated a place at their preferred grammar school; as there are only 180 places available in Year 7 at both schools, oversubscription criteria will then be applied to the list of successful candidates.

Take a look at our guides to Woodford County High School and Ilford County High School for more information about the oversubscription criteria and priority for places.

How can I help my child prepare for the Redbridge 11 plus?

Here are our top tips on how to help your child prepare for the 2023 exam:

No surprises

Make sure your child is familiar with all styles of questions they will experience in the test. This reduces the potential for panic on the day and will give them the confidence to answer questions to the best of their ability. Access to unlimited practice materials that mirror the format and style of the Redbridge 11 plus exam will ensure your child is fully prepared.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives. Starting at least one year before the test will allow your child time to securely build the skills and knowledge they need.

When preparing it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the content your child prefers. Atom Nucleus tailors your child's personalised learning journey, creating their bespoke programme to cover all elements of the Redbridge 11 plus in a fun and engaging way.

Engage with their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help your child progress efficiently. Atom offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the Redbridge 11 plus content, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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Redbridge 11 plus practice papers

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