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

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Townley Grammar School is a selective girls’ school in the southeast London borough of Bexley, which takes pupils from age 11 to 18 and is co-educational in the sixth form. Townley Grammar School used to be known as Bexley Technical High School for Girls and was established in 1937. The school is known for its advanced teaching of performing and visual arts as well as computing and mathematics. All girls take 11 GCSEs and the school converted to academy status in 2012.

Townley Grammar School offers an exciting range of international trips for students, including travel to Silicon Valley, New York City, Delhi and Germany. The school partners with Rose Bruford College, the Tate Modern, Trinity College of Music, Laban and the Royal Ballet to offer an exciting range of cultural experiences for pupils. Townley Grammar School is rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Townley Grammar School 11 plus information

Townley Grammar School term dates

The term dates for Townley Grammar School in 2022-23 have not yet been published. However, 2021-22 can be used as a guide:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September – 17th December

  • Half term: 25th October – 5th November

  • Spring term: 4th January – 1st April

  • Half term: 14th – 18th February

  • Summer term: 20th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 30th May – 3rd June

Townley Grammar School 11 plus

Townley Grammar School is part of the Bexley Grammar School consortium. All applicants to Townley Grammar School in Year 7 must sit the Bexley 11 plus test in the September of Year 6. Girls will either take the test on-site at their primary school in Bexley, or in a testing centre if they attend a primary school elsewhere.

How and when to apply to Townley Grammar School

It is important for parents to register their children to take the Bexley Grammar Schools' 11 plus test by the start of July through the London Borough of Bexley website. These tests normally take place in the second and third weeks of September of Year 6. Results are emailed to parents in early October.

The common application form (CAF) must also be completed by parents applying to Townley Grammar School. Parents living outside Bexley should apply via their home Local Authority (LA). The CAF form becomes available online via your local authority from 1st September. The CAF must be submitted online by 31st October, so parents will know whether their child passed the test before submitting the CAF.

Parents will find out whether their daughter has been accepted to Townley Grammar School by 1st March in 2022; this is likely to be similar in 2023.

Townley Grammar School admissions process

Grades for the Townley Grammar School selection test are age-standardised. The grade necessary to gain a place at Townley Grammar School is dependent on the number of places available. In 2021, the school awarded 224 places, while 1,819 applicants ranked Townley Grammar School as their first choice on their application forms.

Proximity to the school and siblings already attending Townley Grammar School are factors that contribute to acceptance to Townley Grammar School. In 2021, all accepted candidates lived within 11 miles (in a straight line) from Townley Grammar School. Further information is provided in the council's guide Admission to Secondary Schools in Bexley 2022-2023 to help parents make reasonable judgements on their daughter's chance of being offered a place.

If your daughter is not offered a place at Townley Grammar School, but scores highly enough on the Bexley Grammar Schools' selection test, she can be placed on the waiting list.

Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus exam format

The Bexley Grammar Schools' 11 plus test has two papers that cover a mixture of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths. The sections are timed and under an hour in length. Both papers are predominantly multiple-choice, but some of the maths questions are in a standard format which requires students to write down their answers and show workings out.

It will be useful for you to familiarise your daughter with the format of the CEM 11 plus exams in advance.

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