Bexley grammar test and schools
July 3, 2018
With the 11 + exams for grammar and private schools just weeks away, keeping up the hard work is key for your child’s success. As usual, Geek School Tutoring will be the 11 Plus Intensive Revision Course for children this coming August. Read More
March 22, 2018
- Do you want to boost your child’s 11 Plus maths scores?
- How can you help a child to pass their 11 Plus exams when they struggle with maths?
- How much work your child REALLY needs to do to be in with a chance of passing the 11 Plus?
- What maths topics do children actually need to know for the 11 Plus?
- What can you do to support your child when it all seems to be going wrong with their maths?
- Help! I started preparing my child very late for the 11 Plus. What can I do to buy back some time and get to the standard required to pass the exams?
With just a handful of months to go until the 11 Plus exams kick off in September 2018, you’re probably looking for all the support you can to help your child maximise their chances of scoring high enough to guarantee a place at one of the top grammar schools.
Maths is a central part to success in the grammar school selection tests. If you’d like to find a way to boost your child’s maths scores by 20%, the Geek School Tutoring guide, Boost Your Child’s 11 Plus Scores by 20%, is a must have! It’s easy to follow and easy to implement – and it will get results.
Find out out the Boost Your Child’s 11 Plus Scores by 20% guide today and start seing those maths scores go frome strength to strength.
July 26, 2017
Are you considering sending your child to one of the Bexley grammar schools? Every year, more than five thousand children sit the Bexley Selection Test so at least that many parents are aware of them. But the 11 Plus can be a bit of mystery if you don’t know what it is; don’t know anyone who has put their child through it; or don’t know what’s required to help your child pass the test.
Bexley grammar schools
There are four grammar schools in Bexley:
- Bexley Grammar School (Mixed)
- Beths Grammar School (Boys)
- Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School (Mixed)
- Townley Grammar School (Girls)
In order to make it into any of these schools, children need to sit the Bexley Selection Test, which covers:
- Verbal ability: covering vocabulary, comprehension and verbal reasoning. Verbal reasoning is not part of the national curriculum, so your child will need to be taught a good portion of it, which is where the expertise of an experienced 11 Plus tutor can be extremely beneficial.
- Numerical reasoning: mathematical problem-solving, which Bexley Council says covers up to and including Year 5 level.
- Non-verbal reasoning: this paper tests a child’s ability to see how objects relate to each other and to make logical deductions. Non verbal reasoning is largely an extension of maths topics including symmetry, rotation, reflection etc, but there is a little more to it. Again, non-verbal reasoning is not part of the National Curriculum, but at Geek School, we teach children the necessary techniques to master non-verbal reasoning.
There are two test papers during the Bexley selection tests, each containing mainly multiple choice questions that relate to all of these areas. Each paper lasts about 50 minutes, and is broken down into sections, each of which has an allocated amount of time. Children take both papers on the same day, with a break of 30 minutes in between.
What is the 11 Plus pass mark?
It is worth knowing that the pass mark for selection tests is not 50%. Instead, test scores are weighted to that 50% of their overall score is for verbal ability, and 25% each for numerical and non-verbal reasoning. The results are also standardised, which means they are adapted to take into account your child’s exact age. So, children who are the youngest in class will have that considered in their score with a slight adjustment in their scores.
The highest possible score is 280 and the mark children need to attain fluctuates every year, but is usually around the 214 to 216 mark. Every year, the Bexley Selection Panel decides what the threshold mark to be considered selective (i.e. the pass mark) should be that year.
As there are currently 800 places in total in the Bexley grammar schools mentioned before and 5,000-plus children writing the test, just passing will obviously not guarantee an offer of a place at one of the schools. In 2016, 1753 children achieved the selective score (i.e. 216 and above. As you can see, there were far more children who ‘passed’ than there are grammar school places, and in this case, each school allocates places according to their oversubscription criteria. In most cases, the deciding factor is how close the child lived to the school.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. One way to guarantee your child gets an offer of a place at one of the Bexley grammar schools is for your child to be one of the top 180 scorers. If your child achieves this, they will be guaranteed their grammar school of choice.
When to register your child for the Bexley Test
Registration for grammar school selection tests usually open in May or June (every borough sets their own schedule) and closing dates vary, but are usually in early July. Children are registered for the exam when they are in Year 5 – not Year 6, ready to sit the exam in the first or second week in September of Year 6.
July 15, 2016
There are just a few weeks to go before grammar schools start their 11 Plus tests. And there a just handful of months before private (independent) school exams start. Most children are knuckling down and doing a few papers a week at this time of year, but it can be quite a juggle with childcare arrangements over the summer holidays and work committments. If you’re looking for an 11 plus summer course to help your child through the coming weeks, why not consider the Geek School 11 Plus Intensive Course?
How the 11 Plus Intensive Course Prepares Children for the 11 Plus Exams
If your child is struggling to remember core maths topics, has inconsistent scores, or can’t seem to get a proper handle on their verbal or non verbal reasoning, the Geek School 11-Plus Intensive could be just the revision they need to get them on the right track to success. We see the same set of issues in children every year, and have a tried and tested method to help children perfect their work so they are in with a good chance of meting the required grades to pass their 11 Plus exams.
What the 11 Plus Intensive Course Covers
Covering all four subjects (English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning), during the Geek School 11 Plus Intensive course children will revise the core subjects required for success in their exams, plus learn invaluable exam techniques and timing strategies.
Most children who attend the 11 Plus Intensive course see no less than a 10-20% boost in their scores, some see much more than this (ip to 30% in some cases!). The intensive course sets them on the right course for the rest of their revision.
The Geek School 11-Plus Intensive is so-called because it runs from 9am to 5pm across three days, for two weeks. We revise the core topics, practise papers – and go over corrections. As if that’s not enough, they also get homework everyday. With this much revision, you can see why our tutees do so well. The added bonus of being among their peers (the course is run in small groups), means that children feel a sense of camaraderie while they work hard through the 11-plus curriculum. They don’t feel as if they are the only child in their class or year group who is sat at home doing papers, while everyone else is seemingly having fun. It’s a win-win.
The 11 Plus Intensive Course Details
Tuesday 15th August to Thursday 17th August 2017 (3 days)
Tuesday 22nd August to Thursday 24th August 2017 (3 days)
Cost: £250 per week
Lunch: Not included (please pack a packed lunch)
Location: Bromley (BR15LF)
Please register your interest by Friday 21st July with a £50 deposit per week of attendance – please get in touch to find out how to do this.
To book your child onto the Geek School 11 Plus Intensive Course, please call Joycellyn on 07957397602 or complete the contact form below.
September 4, 2015
We all want the best for our children, and given the choice, all children should have access to the best schools and wouldn’t need to sit the Kent or Bexley test to give them access to such a school. All schools should provide the same standard of education, and they should all be free – but in the real world, it’s a different story. Read More