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St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School 11 plus

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St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School: a parents' guide for 2023


Founded in 1897 in Slough, St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School is a mixed grammar school for Years 7 to 13. The school aims to promote spiritual life as well as encourage academic performance, developing a sense of belonging in the Catholic Church as well as in the school environment.

Other schools within the Slough Consortium include Langley Grammar School, Herschel Grammar School, and Upton Court Grammar School .

11 plus exam information for St Bernard’s Catholic School

  • Address: St Bernard's Catholic School, 1 Langley Rd, Slough, Berkshire SL3 7AF

  • Area: Slough, Berkshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01753 527020

  • School type: mixed grammar Catholic school

  • Number of pupils: 909 (approximately)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150 (approximately)

  • Open day date: currently only available virtually

  • 11 plus exam dates: September

  • Exam board type: Slough Consortium

St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School term dates

The term dates for 2023–2024 at St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School are:

  • Autumn/Advent term: 4th September – 19th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring/Lent term: 3rd January – 27th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer/Pentecost term: 15th April – 22nd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

  • Registration: open between May and June

  • 11 plus exam dates: September

  • Result notification: End of October

  • Place allocation notification: March

  • Appeal hearings: must be applied for within 20 school days of place allocations being published. Hearings happen between April and June

Students are eligible for admission if they achieve a score of 111 or above on the 11 plus entrance exam. Using information from the most recently published test information, here is an insight into the number of pupils who applied to each of the four schools in the Slough Consortium, and their success rate:

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All children whose Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan names the school will be admitted, after which admissions are determined accordingly:

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children

  • Practising baptised Catholic children (Priest’s reference required)

  • Other baptised Catholic children

  • Baptised/dedicated children of other Christian Churches (religious leader’s reference required)

  • Children from other faiths who attended certain Slough primary schools (more information of the primary schools available on the school website)

  • Children of other faiths (religious leader’s reference required)

  • Children of other faiths with no references

  • Any other children

What is the St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School 11 plus exam format?

The Slough Consortium formally used CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) as its 11 plus provider until 2022. However, CEM has given notice that it will no longer be offering paper-based tests for entry to grammar schools. Alternative arrangements are now being put in place by the Slough Consortium for entry to a Slough grammar school in 2024.

Further information will be made available here when these arrangements are confirmed.

How can my child prepare for the St Bernard' Catholic Grammar School 11 plus exam?

Your child can prepare for the St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School 11 plus exam by recapping the content they have learnt in Key Stage 2 English and maths, and practising verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning questions.

To learn more about preparing for the St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School 11 plus, take a look at our parents' guide to the Slough Consortium 11 plus.

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