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Royal Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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The Royal Grammar School is one of the UK’s leading selective state schools for boys with a 450-year history. The school is situated in High Wycombe, one of Buckinghamshire's largest towns. Aside from ranking within the top 200 schools in England, it is also one of the top 10 performing secondary schools in Buckinghamshire.

Academic progress is only one of the many benefits provided by the Royal Grammar School. Boys are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities. Each activity is an opportunity to discover an interest and develop a particular talent.

Royal Grammar School is honoured to be able to offer up to 70 boys aged between 11 and 18 accommodation within their state-of-the-art boarding house.

11 plus information for the Royal Grammar School

  • Address: Royal Grammar School, Amersham Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6QT

  • County: Buckinghamshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01494 524 955

  • School type: boys’ grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,431

  • Number of places in Year 7: 182

  • Open day date: Spring/Summer

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

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

Royal Grammar School term dates

The term dates for the Royal Grammar School 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 20th October – 1st November

  • Spring term: 5th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 10th February - 20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 26th May - 5th June

How and when to apply for the Royal Grammar School

Boys who attend a Buckinghamshire Primary school are automatically registered for the Buckinghamshire Council Secondary Transfer Test (the 11 plus exam taken by applicants to the Royal Grammar School), and they will sit a Preparation Test before the Secondary Transfer Test in September.

In the case that your son does not attend a Buckinghamshire Primary School or attends an independent school, applications can be sent to Buckinghamshire Council. The deadline for applications is 23rd June 2022.

Royal Grammar School admissions process

There are 13 schools in the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) company, including the Royal Grammar School. To get into Year 7, applicants must pass two 11 plus exams. Applicants must achieve the required score to gain admission.

The applicants’ scores will reflect an age-standardised scoring system to ensure all candidates have a fair chance regardless of their birthday. The total of the age-standardised scores provides an overall Secondary Transfer Test score (STTS). Children will need to obtain a score of at least 121 to receive a place at the school.

Should there ever be more applicants than available spaces, priority is given to:

  • Looked after boys and previously looked after boys

  • Students who currently qualify for free school meals at the time of the application deadline

  • Those who have a sibling currently in attendance at the school

  • Boys who are living in the Royal Grammar School catchment area

  • Sons of school staff

The oversubscription criteria ranking will be followed if the number of candidates obtaining the STTS exceeds the number of places available.

Royal Grammar School also has a waiting list which is ranked according to the above criteria. You can find out more in-depth information in the Royal Grammar School admissions policy.

The Royal Grammar School 11 plus exam format and content

Applicants for the Royal Grammar School sit two multiple-choice papers on the same day. These are administered by the GL exam board:

  • 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.

The qualifying pass mark is 121. Buckinghamshire County Council uses age standardisation to ensure children born later in the school year will not be at a disadvantage.

How to prepare your son for the Royal Grammar School 11 plus test

Exam success can be achieved by planning ahead and developing a study schedule. Identify strengths and weaknesses early with the help of a study schedule and plan. You can help your son prepare for future exams by practising past exam papers.

Practice papers and free familiarisation material are available from Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools and on the GL Assessment website.

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