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Aylesbury High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Situated close to outstanding natural beauty in Aylesbury, this ‘Ofsted outstanding’ girls’ grammar school boasts being the only grammar school exclusively for girls in North Buckinghamshire and is situated across the road from their brother grammar school. The school, founded in 1959, split from Aylesbury Grammar School to become two single-sex schools.

The school consistently attains excellent exam results and is not only one of the best schools in Buckinghamshire but also in the country. Last year it ranked number 15 in the league tables. In 2014, the school was announced as the top state school for sport in the country. The school is not a private school and is open to anyone who achieves the desired standardised score explained later in the article.

11 plus exam information for Aylesbury High School

  • Address: Aylesbury High School, Walton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7SX

  • County: Buckinghamshire, Southeast England

  • Admissions contacts details: [email protected], 01296 388222

  • School type: Girls’ grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,293 (approximately)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: 7th July 2022

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

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

Aylesbury High School term dates

The Aylesbury High School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 20th October - 1st November

  • Spring term: 5th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 10th February - 20th February

  • Summer term: 18th April - 21st July

  • Half term: 26th May - 5th June

Aylesbury High School admissions process

Aylesbury High School is one of 13 schools that work together in The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) company. To secure a Year 7 place, prospective students will sit two 11 plus exams on the same day. Admission is determined by meeting the required qualifying score.

Should there ever be more applicants than available spaces, priority is given to:

  • Looked after girls and previously looked after girls

  • Students who currently qualify for free school meals at the time of the application deadline

  • Those who have a sibling currently in attendance at the school

  • Pupils with exceptional medical or social needs which only the school can accommodate

  • Girls who are living in the catchment area of the school

Aylesbury High School also has a waiting list which is ranked according to the above criteria. You can find out more from Aylesbury High School's admissions policy.

The applicants’ scores will reflect an age-standardised scoring system to ensure all candidates have a fair chance regardless of their birthday. The total of the age-standardised scores provides an overall Secondary Transfer Test score (STTS). Children will need to obtain a score of at least 121 to receive a place at the school.

The oversubscription criteria ranking (above) will be followed if the number of candidates obtaining the STTS exceeds the number of places available.

What is the Aylesbury High School catchment area?

Aylesbury High School operates a catchment area system. Priority is for those who live closest to the school. There is a map of the Aylesbury High School catchment area on their website.

How do I apply for Aylesbury High School?

For students who attend a Buckinghamshire Primary school, registration is automatic, and the schools will take a Preparation Test before sitting the Secondary Transfer Test in September.

If your child doesn’t attend a Buckinghamshire Primary school or currently attends an independent school, applications can be sent via Buckinghamshire Council. Applications will need to be received by 23rd June 2022.

What is the Aylesbury 11 plus exam format?

The GL exam board provides the 11 plus test for Aylesbury High School. Candidates will sit two test papers in the autumn, both on the same day. Each paper is approximately 60 minutes long. The test will assess verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths skills.

How to prepare your child for the Aylesbury High School 11 plus

To do well in exams, students need to develop a study plan and schedule in advance. By starting early, there will be plenty of time to identify areas for improvement and build confidence. You can help your child get used to the format and style of questions by working through past exam papers.

On the GL Assessment website, you will find practice papers and free familiarisation resources.

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