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Wycombe High School 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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Founded in 1901, Wycombe High School was the first state grammar school for girls in Buckinghamshire. It has earned and maintained a superb reputation as one of the leading state grammar schools in the country, ranked outstanding by Ofsted.

Headteacher Sharon Cromie is passionate about single-sex education and the benefits it gives students, and school houses are named after some of the great women of British History: Austen, Brontë, Curie, Parks, Pankhurst and Nightingale. The school ethos celebrates joyfulness and emphasises the idea that school days should be ‘the best days of your life.’

11 plus information for Wycombe High School

  • Address: Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1TB

  • County: Buckinghamshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01494 523961

  • School type: girls’ grammar school with academy status

  • Number of pupils: 1,303

  • Number of places in Year 7: 192

  • Open day date: Tours take place in September

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

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

Wycombe High School term dates

The term dates for Wycombe High School 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September - 20th December

  • Half term: 24th - 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May - 2nd June

How and when to apply to Wycombe High School

Wycombe High School considers candidates who obtain the qualifying score of 121 in the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Secondary Transfer Test. Any children attending primary schools in Buckinghamshire are automatically registered for the Buckinghamshire Council 11 plus. Applications for a particular school place must be made through the Buckinghamshire Council website.

Children who attend schools outside of Buckinghamshire or independent schools can register for the test between 6th May 2022 and 24th June 2022. Applicants also need to notify their home local authority of their school preference.

In 2021, Buckinghamshire Council Secondary Transfer Test results were released on the 15th October and the deadline for school applications was 31st October. The national offer day is set to be 1st March 2022.

Wycombe High School 11 plus admissions process

As a leading academically selective grammar school, Wycombe High School uses the Buckinghamshire Council’s Secondary Transfer Test, set by GL Assessments.

The pass mark is 121. Wycombe High School also offers places to up to 12 qualified disadvantaged girls living in the catchment area who have achieved over 115 in the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools 11 plus. After that, in cases of oversubscription, remaining places are awarded using the following criteria in order:

  • Looked after and previously looked after children

  • Girls living in the catchment area

  • Younger sisters of girls in Years 7-12 already at the school

  • Other qualified disadvantaged girls living outside the catchment area

  • Daughters of members of staff

  • Younger sisters of incoming girls in Years 7-12

  • Distance order

Wycombe High School 11 plus exam format and content

Applicants for Wycombe High School 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 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 child for the Wycombe High School 11 plus

Wycombe High School uses the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools 11 plus test, which requires candidates to prepare broadly across English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning and as such we recommend that preparations begin at least a year in advance.

Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools publish a familiarisation booklet and GL Assessments have released free familiarisation materials. These can be useful resources as your daughter looks to gain experience of the format and likely content of the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test.

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