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London Grammar Schools 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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London Grammar Schools 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022

Looking for information on the 11 plus for London grammar schools? We've collated up-to-date guidance to help you navigate through the 2022-23 test process, what to expect, and how best to prepare.

There are 19 grammar schools in London, helping students achieve top-notch exam results without the private-school fees. It’s no wonder they’re popular with parents!

The 11 plus test in London

For your child to gain entry to a London grammar school, they will need to pass the 11 plus entrance exam. Candidates will be selected for entrance to grammar school based on their results, with the highest priority generally given to students who achieve the highest scores. Some schools may also give particular students (such as those who are Looked After children or in receipt of Pupil Premium) priority over others.

The specifics of the test and the exam board varies between boroughs, and sometimes between schools within a borough. Find links to more details on the 11 plus for each London borough and school below.

London Barnet Grammar Schools 11 plus

The schools within Barnet use a mixture of GL Assessment and school-written materials for their tests. The tests consist of English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.

Learn more about how to prepare for the Barnet Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Henrietta Barnett School (girls)

Henrietta Barnett is a girls’ grammar school, founded in 1911, which became an Academy in 2012. It is located in the Hampstead Garden Suburb and was named the Top girls’ state school in the country in The Sunday Times Parent Power magazine 2021. The 11 plus exam is a mixture of GL Assessment and school written papers.

Learn more about Henrietta Barnett School 11 plus here.

Queen Elizabeth’s School (boys)

The Sunday Times’ State School of the Year (2022), Queen Elizabeth’s was founded in 1573. The school became comprehensive in 1971, and then reverted to a grammar school in 1994. It now has academy status and sends more pupils to Russell Group universities than any other state-funded school in the country over the past three years.

Learn more about Queen Elizabeth's School 11 plus here.

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School (girls)

A four-form entry Catholic girls’ grammar school located on Nether Street, Barnet, it was opened in 1909. It became a Voluntary Aided Grammar School in 1958 and boys have been admitted to the sixth form since 2009.

Learn more about St Michael's Catholic Grammar School 11 plus here.

London Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus

In Bexley, the 11 plus test is provided by CEM, and is usually sat in your child’s own primary school. Some schools may use a test centre which will be one of the secondary schools. There are two papers which cover a combination of verbal reasoning (including comprehension), non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning.

Learn more about how to prepare for the Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Beths Grammar School (boys)

An academy grammar for boys (with a mixed sixth form), renowned for its strength in STEM subjects. Beths was awarded Technology College Status in 1995 and also has a second specialism in languages. In 2005, the school was identified as one of the first High Performing Specialist Schools.

Learn more about Beths Grammar School 11 plus here.

Bexley Grammar School (co-educational)

An academy grammar with a mixed cohort which was founded in 1955. It has specialisms in languages and mathematics and was recognised as a High Performing Specialist School. It also has a fully International Baccalaureate sixth form.

Learn more about Bexley Grammar School 11 plus here.

Chislehurst and Sidcup School (co-educational)

Opened in 1931, Chislehurst and Sidcup School is a mixed cohort grammar with a dedicated sixth form centre and learning resource centre. There are 192 anticipated admissions for Year 7 in 2022.

Learn more about Chislehurst and Sidcup School 11 plus here.

Townley Grammar School (girls)

Townley Grammar School is a girls’ school which is part of a multi-academy trust, The Odyssey Trust. It has a mixed sixth form and admits 224 pupils in Year 7.

Learn more about Townley Grammar School 11 plus here.

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London Bromley Grammar Schools 11 plus

The schools in Bromley use a mixture of GL Assessment tests and school-written material. As some are academies or voluntary-aided, they can vary in which parts of the test they ask children to complete.

Learn more about how to prepare for the Bromley Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Newstead Wood School (girls)

Opened in 1954, Newstead Wood is a highly popular girls’ grammar school. It became part of United Learning in 2017 and last year’s GCSE results placed the school 15th in the country.

Learn more about Newstead Wood School 11 plus here

St Olave’s Grammar School (boys)

St Olave’s received its Royal Charter as a Grammar School in 1571 and moved to its current site in 1968. Previously known as St Olave's and St Saviour's Church of England Grammar School, it is a boys school with a co-educational sixth form, and has a high reputation.

Learn more about St Olave's Grammar School 11 plus here

London Enfield Grammar Schools 11 plus

GL Assessment test materials are used for the London Enfield 11 plus, but only the verbal reasoning and maths papers. The Latymer School has its own papers for the English portion of the test.

Learn more about how to prepare for the Enfield Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

The Latymer School (co-educational)

A state-run grammar school for boys and girls, The Latymer School was founded in 1624. It has an outstanding musical tradition, with 20 places each year reserved for students with ‘exceptional musical talent’. The school also has a field centre in North Wales to be used for outdoor pursuits.

Learn more about the Latymer School 11 plus here.

London Kingston upon Thames Grammar Schools 11 plus

Both grammar schools in Kingston upon Thames operate a two-stage testing process. Stage 1 consists of English and maths questions using GL Assessment material, and stage 2 consists of written English and maths tests, which are created by the schools.

Learn more about how to prepare for the Kingston upon Thames Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Tiffin Girls’ School

The Tiffin Schools were founded in 1880 and are consistently rated as some of the top state schools in the country. Tiffin Girls’ School is a five-form entry school with 180 places for September 2022. Tiffin Girls' School prioritises children living in their 'Inner Area' which comprises: Berrylands, Beverley, Canbury, Coombe Hill, Coombe Vale, Grove, Norbiton, St. Marks, Tudor, Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside.

Find out more about the 11 plus process for Tiffin Girls' School here.

Tiffin School (boys)

Tiffin School (boys) became an Academy in 2011 and has 180 places for September 2022. It has specialist status in the performing arts and languages.

Learn more about how to prepare for entry to Tiffin School here.

London Redbridge Grammar Schools 11 plus

The Redbridge Grammar Schools use CEM test materials, which include verbal reasoning (with comprehension), non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning.

Learn more about how to prepare for the Redbridge Grammar School 11 plus here.

Ilford County High School (boys)

Ilford County High School for boys was one of the original selective state schools in Redbridge. There are 180 places for Year 7 and the school has a growing sixth form.

Learn more about Ilford County High School and its admissions process here.

Woodford County High School (girls)

Established in 1919, Woodford is a maintained girls’ grammar school. It was named the Sunday Times’ London State Secondary School of the Year in 2019 and it has 180 places for Year 7.

Find out more about the 11 plus exam and how to apply for Woodford County High School here.

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London Sutton Grammar Schools 11 plus

Grammar schools in Sutton use a mixture of GL Assessment and their own, school-written test materials. The tests have two stages – the first consists of GL Assessment maths and English questions, and the second stage is school-written maths and English.

Learn more about how to prepare for the Sutton Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Greenshaw High School (co-educational)

Greenshaw High School is a larger than average partially-selective secondary school of approximately 1,800 pupils. The school has 60 places which are awarded based on performance in the 11 plus test, and 254 non-selective places. It is an academy school, part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

Learn more about the 11 plus at Greenshaw High School here.

Nonsuch High School (girls)

Opened in 1938, Nonsuch is now an academy girls' grammar school with specialisms in science and languages. It is located on the edge of Nonsuch Park within 22 acres of grounds and became part of The Girls’ Learning Trust in 2015.

Learn more about Nonsuch High School's 11 plus here.

Sutton Grammar School (boys)

Sutton Grammar School is a state-funded selective boys’ school with a co-educational sixth form. The school was opened in 1899 and began converting into an Academy in 2011. There are 135 places each year.

Learn more about Sutton Grammar School 11 plus here.

Wallington County Grammar School (boys)

Wallington Country Grammar is a boys’ school with academy status and is part of the Folio Education Trust. The school was founded in 1927, was awarded High Performing Specialist School status in 2009 and gained a second specialism in Applied Learning. It has a co-educational sixth form and admits 150 boys into Year 7.

Learn more about Wallington County Grammar School 11 plus here.

Wallington High School for Girls

Wallington High School for Girls was founded in 1888 and became part of The Girls’ Learning Trust in 2015. It has 210 places for admission into Year 7 annually and has approximately 1,400 students in the school.

Learn more about Wallington High School for Girls 11 plus here.

Wilson’s School (boys)

Wilson’s School is an Academy state-funded selective school for boys. It was founded in 1615 and rebuilt and reopened in 1883. It was one of the first to be designated a specialist college in maths and computing in 2002 (re-awarded in 2007), along with a second specialism in the arts.

Learn more about Wilson's School 11 plus here.


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