Bucks Grammar Schools

 

Bucks 11+
Buckinghamshire remains fully selective for pupils moving into secondary school. There are 13 grammar schools for which Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) administer the admissions criteria.
Children at Bucks state primary schools are automatically entered for the test unless their parents choose not to. Parents of children at private/independent schools and those at schools outside Buckinghamshire have to apply to take the test. Application forms for entry to the tests are available from July and have to be submitted at the start of September each year.
Partner schools are schools both from the county and some outside the county which administer the 11 plus for BCC. Pupils at these schools take the test in their respective schools and the results are reported in the same way as pupils at BCC state schools. Pupils attending schools outside Buckinghamshire which do not have a partner school arrangement take the test at central venues over two days one day apart during the autumn half term.
Pupils attending schools outside Buckinghamshire which do not have a partner school arrangement take the test at central venues over two days one day apart during the autumn half term.
School places in Bucks are allocated by distance from school gates with defined catchment areas that receive priority. About 30 percent of children qualify for a grammar school place each year and a further 5% are deemed qualified after a successful appeal against non-qualification.
The content of the Bucks 11+ exam has recently changed and its now set by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University (Durham CEM test) and includes English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The exam comprises of two 45 minute tests, a mixture of questions in multiple choice format. The standard of the test will be according to the national curriculum in year 5 and will not be at a higher level as in the case with CEM tests in some other regions.
Buckinghamshire has retained the 12+ and 13+ tests for grammar school entry. There is no guarantee that a successful candidate in these tests will be allocated a school place as it depends on school vacancies.