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11+ Selective Entrance Testing (Infomation & School 11+ Club)

The 11+ (or 11-plus) is a selective entrance exam generally taken at the beginning of Year 6 in a primary school which is part of the admissions process for Year 7 at the UK’s grammar schools. Grammar schools are state-funded secondary schools with a strong focus on academic achievement, and some fee-paying independent schools.

The content varies between different areas of the UK but will generally be based on some or all of the following types of questions: English, maths, verbal reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning. Students will typically sit two or three 11+ exams, which usually last between 45-60 minutes.

For more information regarding the 11+ process and testing, please go to the Consortium of Selected Schools in Essex website.

How can I prepare my child for the 11+?

Should you wish for your child to sit the 11+ test, it is important they are prepared for the assessments as they differ greatly from the primary National Curriculum.

You may wish to prepare your child using online resources available, such as the series of Bond 11+ books or GL Assessment papers, or to send your child to 11+ tuition group. 

How does Bournes Green support the 11+?

We work with Simone Foley at 11+ Pod who offers an 11 + Club at Bournes Green to help our children prepare for the CSSE 11+ examination. The sessions are led by experienced teachers and closely follow the curriculum requirements required to be successful when taking the exam. In their sessions, will teach and develop skills in Maths, English (comprehension & writing) & Applied Reasoning .

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Simone via the 11+ Pod Website or email or telephone 07919 992857.


If you would like your child to attend the 11+ Club but are unable to make the financial commitement to this, please contact Mr Denchfield to discuss this further. Where we can help, we will be pleased to do so.

We do not charge the 11+ Club any rent to work at our school in order to keep the costs as low as possible for our parents.