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Grammar Schools in London: Complete Guide

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About London Grammar Schools

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Making the right choice between different grammar schools can be a tough decision for parents. Whilst all grammar schools offer great starts for children, it is often difficult to find comprehensive information concerning the different schools available and the best options for your children out there.

 This guide aims to provide clear and concise information regarding the eight grammar schools in London. This includes general information, information concerning the tests followed by key details about each school including statistics, facilities, results, and Ofsted reviews.

Exam format for the London Grammar School 11 plus (11+) entrance exam

For London based grammar schools, students must take either the Barnet 11 plus, Bexley 11 plus, The Latymer School 11 plus, Kingston-upon-Thames 11 plus, Redbridge 11 plus, or Sutton 11 plus/Selective Eligibility Test (SET).

The entrance test in all cases will test some of the following areas: 

  • English – questions are based on the KS2 curriculum
  • Maths – questions are based on the KS2 curriculum 
  • Verbal Reasoning – test of skill, problem-solving questions like written instructions requiring a solution, sequences, or number/letter code-cracking
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning – test of visual thinking, questions may involve deciphering relationships, determining similarities/differences between different sequences, shapes, and patterns

London Borough of Barnet Grammar Schools

Barnet 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

Henrietta Barnett School

  • Exam: Stage 1: three multiple-choice papers testing English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, set by GL Assessment, Stage 2: top-performing candidates invited to this stage, papers testing English and maths, written by the school
  • School type: Girls
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 1
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8458 8999, [email protected], www.hbschool.org.uk 
  • Full exam information article: click here

 

Queen Elizabeth’s School

  • Exam: two 50-minute papers, Paper 1: testing English, Paper 2: testing maths, set by GL Assessment
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 2
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8441 4646, [email protected], www.qebarnet.co.uk  
  • Full exam information article: click here

 

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

  • Exam: Multiple-choice papers testing English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, set by GL Assessment
  • School type: Girls
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 50
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8446 2256, [email protected], www.st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk

London Borough of Bexley Grammar Schools

Bexley 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

  • Registration deadline & portal: 30 June 2023, Bexley Council
  • Exam dates & types: some date around 9-14 September 2023, GL Assessment 
  • Results: mid October 2023
  • Appeals: contact the school

Beths Grammar School

  • Exam: Two papers testing verbal and non-verbal reasoning, English comprehension, and maths
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 152
  • School’s Contact details: 01322 556538, [email protected], www.beths.bexley.sch.uk

 

Bexley Grammar School

  • Exam: Two papers testing verbal and non-verbal reasoning, English comprehension, and maths
  • School type: Mixed
  • School’s Contact details: 0208 304 8538, [email protected], www.bexleygs.co.uk  

 

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

  • Exam: Two papers testing verbal and non-verbal reasoning, English comprehension, and maths
  • School type: Mixed
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 82
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8302 6511, [email protected]www.csgrammar.com 

London Borough of Bromley Grammar Schools

Bromley 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

  • Registration deadline & portal: 30 June (Newstead Wood School), 3 July 2023 (St Olave’s School)
  • Exam dates & types: 22 – 23 (Newstead Wood School), 22 September (St Olave’s Stage 1), 17 November 2023 (St Olave’s Stage 2), GL Assessment & school’s own papers
  • Results: week following 16 October 2023 (Newstead Wood School)
  • Appeals: via an independent panel

Newstead Wood School

  • Exam: Two papers: one testing verbal and another testing non-verbal reasoning 
  • School type: Girls
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 25
  • School’s Contact details: 01832 864 444, [email protected], www.newsteadwood.co.uk 

 

St Olave’s Grammar School

  • Exam: Two stage process: Stage One is the Selective Eligibility test (SET); 60-minute multiple-choice paper testing English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, Stage Two: highest scoring SET candidates invited to take two 60-minute papers testing English and maths respectively
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 7
  • School’s Contact details: 01689 820101, [email protected], www.saintolaves.net

London Borough of Enfield Grammar Schools

The Latymer School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

  • Registration deadline & portal: 16 June 2023, The Latymer School 
  • Exam dates & types: 1, 2, & 3 September 2023, GL Assessment & school’s own paper

The Latymer School

  • Exam: Verbal reasoning and maths (GL Assessment), English comprehension (school’s own paper)
  • School type: Mixed
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 24
  • School’s Contact details: 0208 807 4037, [email protected], www.latymer.co.uk
  • Full exam information article: click here

London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames Grammar Schools

Kingston upon Thames 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

  • Registration deadline & portal: 4 September 2023, Tiffin School or Tiffin Girls’ School
  • Exam dates & types: 5 October (stage 1) & 9-11 November 2023 (stage 2), GL Assessment (stage 1) & schools’ own papers (stage 2)
  • Results: 17 October 2023
  • Appeals: via an independent panel

Tiffin School

  • Exam: Two stage process: Stage One: 60-minute English and maths papers (GL Assessment), Stage Two: English and maths (school’s own papers) 
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 21
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8546 4638, [email protected], www.tiffinschool.co.uk  
  • Full exam information article: click here

 

Tiffin Girls’ School

  • Exam: Two stage process: Stage One: 60-minute English and maths papers (GL Assessment), Stage Two: English and maths (school’s own papers) 
  • School type: Girls
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 4
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8546 0773, [email protected], www.tiffingirls.org
  • Full exam information article: click here

London Borough of Redbridge Grammar Schools

Redbridge 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

Ilford County High School

  • Exam: Two papers: one testing English and verbal reasoning, another testing maths and non-verbal reasoning
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 87
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8551 6496, [email protected], www.ichs.org.uk

 

Woodford County High School

  • Exam: Two papers: one testing English and verbal reasoning, another testing maths and non-verbal reasoning
  • School type: Girls
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 66
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8504 0611, [email protected], www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk  

London Borough of Sutton Grammar Schools

Sutton 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

  • Registration deadline & portal: 4 August 2023, Sutton Council
  • Exam dates & types: Stage 1 (SET): 12 September 2023, two 40-50 minute multiple-choice papers: 1: testing English, 2: testing maths, Stage 2: (except Greenshaw High School) 30 September 2023, schools’ own papers
  • Results: Week of 18 September (Stage 1: SET), mid-October 2023 (Stage 2)
  • Appeals: via an independent panel

Greenshaw High School

 

Nonsuch High School

  • Exam: Stage 1: Sutton SET, Stage 2: highest performing candidates of Sutton SET invited to take the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination (NWSSEE) which comprises two standard written papers testing English and maths respectively
  • School type: Girls
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 30
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8394 3400, [email protected], www.nonsuchschool.org
  • Full exam information article: click here

 

Sutton Grammar School

  • Exam: Stage 1: Sutton SET, Stage 2: highest performing candidates invited to take two written papers in English and maths
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 31
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8642 3821, [email protected], www.suttongrammar.sch.uk
  • Full exam information article: click here 

 

Wallington County Grammar School

  • Exam: Stage 1: Sutton SET, Stage 2: highest performing candidates invited to take two written papers in English and maths
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 56
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8647 2235, [email protected], www.wcgs-sutton.co.uk
  • Full exam information article: click here

 

Wallington High School

  • Exam: Stage 1: Sutton SET, Stage 2: highest performing candidates of Sutton SET invited to take the Nonsuch and Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination (NWSSEE) which comprises two standard written papers testing English and maths respectively
  • School type: Girls
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 26
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8647 2380, [email protected], www.wallingtongirls.sutton.sch.uk
  • Full exam information article: click here

 

Wilson’s School

  • Exam: Stage 1: Sutton SET, Stage 2: highest performing candidates invited to take two written papers in English and maths
  • School type: Boys
  • The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 3
  • School’s Contact details: 020 8773 2931, [email protected], www.wilsons.school
  • Full exam information article: click here

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