Celebrating its 600th anniversary in 2023, the Royal Latin School in Buckinghamshire has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence. It’s a state-funded co-educational grammar school that obtained Academy status in 2011. With its motto of ‘High Expectations for All’, the Royal Latin School is an institution that prides itself on its position as one of the top state schools in the country.
Address: The Royal Latin School, Chandos Road, Buckingham MK18 1AX
Admissions info: [email protected], 01280 813065
School type: co-educational grammar school with academy status
Number of pupils: 1,285
Number of places in Year 7: 174
Open day date: virtual open day in September
11+ exam date: September (two papers on the same day)
The term dates for the Royal Latin School in 2022-23 are:
Autumn term: 6th September - 16th December
Half term: 24th - 31st October
Spring term: 4th January - 31st March
Half term: 13th - 17th February
Summer term: 17th April - 21st July
Half term: 29th May - 2nd June
The Royal Latin School considers applications from pupils who have met the required score of 121 in the Buckinghamshire Consortium 11 plus. Children attending Buckinghamshire primary schools are automatically registered for the test. Applications for a school place are made through the Buckinghamshire Council website.
Pupils at schools outside of Buckinghamshire can register between 6th May 2022 and 24th June 2022. Applicants must also notify their home local authority of their preference for the school.
In 2021, results were released on the 15th of October and the deadline for school applications was 31st October. The national offer day is set for the 1st March 2022.
As an academically selective grammar school and Academy, the Royal Latin School uses a transfer examination. This is Buckinghamshire Council’s Secondary Transfer Test, which is set by GL Assessments.
The overall qualifying score is 121. If the school is oversubscribed with applicants who have attained a score of 121, the following criteria are used:
Looked after and previously looked after children
Children resident in the Royal Latin School catchment area
Siblings of children already at the school
Children with exceptional medical or social needs
Children eligible for free school meals
Other children living closest to the school
Applicants sit two multiple-choice papers on the same day:
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 overall qualifying score is 121. Results are age standardised so that applicants born later in the school year are not disadvantaged.
To prepare effectively for the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test, we recommend beginning preparations at least a year in advance. Applicants will need to spend ample time preparing for English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
We advise taking a look at the familiarisation booklet for the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools and the familiarisation materials for the GL Assessment. These resources can help your child understand the content of the exam and provide opportunities for your child to get comfortable with the format ahead of the big day.
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