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Dr Challoner’s High School for Girls 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Dr Challoner’s High School for Girls

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Dr Challoner’s High School for Girls (DCHS) is a grammar school based in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, with academy status and specialisms in sports as well as languages. The school, which currently educates over 1000 students between the ages of 11 and 18, has a history which dates back to 1624 when the boys’ school, Dr Challoner’s Grammar, was established; Dr Challoner’s High School for Girls would then be founded in the 1960s when there was higher demand for grammar school places in Buckinghamshire.

Dr Challoner’s High School for Girls is the highest-achieving school in Buckinghamshire and is in the top 1% nationally. In 2022, 69% of Dr Challoner’s students’ GCSE results were grade 9-8, 88% of their A Level results were A*-B, and their average point score (APS) for the English Baccalaureate was 7.96. 87% of their 2022 Year 13 class were accepted into their first choice university. The majority of their leavers headed to Russell Group and Oxbridge universities. 

In the past academic year, they have hosted trips to places such as Barcelona, Austria, Iceland, Berlin, St Ives, New York, Washington, Geneva, Italy, and Paris. They also offer a rich range of extra-curricular activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, science fairs, cross country, swing band, and swimming. 

In their most recent report, Ofsted graded DCHS as ‘Outstanding’ in all respects. They are also one of nine schools in the UK to have been awarded the Exceptional School Award. Their key values are intellectual ambition, bold risk-taking, encouraging joy, and having the best intentions for their students.

Key information for 2024 entry to Dr Challoner’s High School at 11 Plus (11+)

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Dr Challoner’s High School at 11 Plus (11+)

Registration will be made available from May 2023 on Buckinghamshire Council’s website till June of this year. It is important you take into account before you register for the test that DCHS have a catchment area. Your child will then be invited by email on 9 August to either of the September test dates.

Results will be released in October and after receiving this information, you must submit a secondary school application (CAF) to your home local authority which names ‘Dr Challoner’s Grammar School’. Your child will find out if they have been successful on National Offer Day which falls on 1 March 2024. There are 150 places available for Year 7 entry. 

If you would like to visit the school for one of their Open Mornings, you must contact the school by telephone to reserve a spot.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Dr Challoner’s High School?

To register your child for the entrance exams, you as their parent/legal guardian must complete a registration form through the ‘Admissions for Year 7’ entry page of the Buckinghamshire Council website. There you will need to specify your interest in finding out more information about the Secondary Transfer Test (11+). 

Click through the process the council website leads you through until you get to a tick-box selection with the option ‘I would like more information about testing for September 2021 entry or later’ to access the required information. 

If your child is a student of a Buckinghamshire primary school they will already be registered to take the test but you must still complete and submit a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) through the school website.

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for Dr Challoner’s High School?

The entrance exam is called the Secondary Transfer Test (STT) and consists of two 60-minute papers which are provided by GL Assessment. The test will measure the following skills:

Paper 1

  • English and verbal reasoning (50% weighting)

Paper 2

  • Non-verbal reasoning (25% weighting) – includes spatial reasoning
  • Maths (25% weighting)

The exam is administered by The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS), a company composed of the thirteen grammar schools in Buckinghamshire. A few days before your child takes the official exam, they will take a shorter practice test to help them to better understand the format of the entrance exam. 

Buckinghamshire primary school or Partner School students will sit both the practice and official test at their school but all other children will sit the practice and official test at a grammar school centre. If your child is a student of a Buckinghamshire primary school they will automatically be signed up to take the test.

Notably, the assessments are age-weighted (based on the candidate’s age and the assessment date) to ensure fairness amongst candidates. Your child must achieve a standardised score over 121 to be considered for a Year 7 place.  

You will be able to access their results in October through the Buckinghamshire Council website. The details you will need for the Transfer Test results are:

  • Your child’s student number (which will have been provided in a letter or email)
  • Your child’s surname
  • Your child’s date of birth
  • Your name and email address as the parent or legal guardian

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