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Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

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Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is a leading co-educational grammar school for pupils aged 11-18, located in the centre of Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Founded in 1624, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School has a long and proud history of providing excellent education to the children of Marlow and its surrounding areas. [1]

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is committed to providing an inspirational learning environment for its students; its school motto is ‘Te Digna Sequere’ which translates to ‘Follow Things Worthy’. [2]

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School consistently receive high exam results. In 2022, 79% of all GCSE grades were awarded 9-7 and 88% of all A Level grades were A*-B, with 100 students achieving all A*-A grades. In their latest inspection, Ofsted categorised the school as ‘Outstanding’. [3]

The school’s curriculum at Key Stage 3 has a focus on cultural learning and enrichment, empowering its students to develop their ‘creative intelligence, independent thinking, collaborative skills, resilience, confidence, leadership, time-management, interpretation and empathy’. Subjects offered in the school’s Key Stage 3 curriculum include English language and literature, maths, history, geography, an array of modern foreign languages, science, RS, philosophy and ethics, art, as well as PSHE. [4]

Alongside their excellent academic record, Sir William Borlase Grammar School also offer a wide selection of extra and co-curricular activities to give students the opportunity to expand their learning beyond the classroom. The school has a reputation for excellence in the performing arts: music, drama, danc,  and technical theatre. Furthermore, all students are able to take part in a wide variety of different sports, including hockey, netball, football, cricket, cheerleading, and rowing. [5]

Key Information for 2024 entry to Sir William Borlase's Grammar School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Co-educational grammar school
  • Consortium: Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Consortium
  • Registration deadline: 16 June 2023
  • Practice test: 12 September 2023
  • Secondary Transfer Test: 14 September 2023
  • Results: 13 October 2023
  • CAF deadline: 31 October 2023
  • National Offer Day: 1 March 2024
  • Contact details: 01628 816500, [email protected], www.swbgs.com, www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Sir William Borlase's Grammar School at 11 Plus (11+)

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School does not currently have any upcoming open events, however, you can find some information about how to book tours of the school here.

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is part of the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Consortium (BGSC) and follows its coordinated admissions process. The entrance exam for BGSC schools is called The Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test (STT) and it will take place on 14 September 2023.

All of the schools in this consortium use the same academic test to assess candidates. If your child is applying for a place at a number of these BGSC schools, they will only need to take the STT once. 

The results of the STT will be released in early October and, after receiving this information, you must submit a Common Application Form (CAF) to your local authority. You must name ‘Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School’ as one of your choices. Please note that the order you place schools on your CAF is reflected as your preference. 

Admission to Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is highly competitive. The published admissions number (PAN) of students for Year 7 2024 entry is 150. The school has implemented a set of oversubscription criteria to allocate these spaces; places will be allocated in the following order:

  • Looked after, or previously looked after, children 
  • Children eligible for Pupil Premium, living in the catchment area (max. 10 places)
  • Children eligible for free school meals, living within the catchment area, with a score of 121 or more in the STT
  • Children who live in the school’s Priority Admissions area (max.15 places)
  • Children of staff who have either been employed at the school for two, or more, years or have been employed to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage (these children must also pass the STT)
  • Children living in the catchment area of the school 
  • Siblings of children in Years 7-12
  • Children who have exceptional medical or social needs. More information can be found here.
  • Once these criteria have been followed, places will be offered in distance order 


A detailed map of the catchment area can be found here.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Children who attend a state-funded Buckinghamshire primary school will be automatically entered for the Secondary Transfer Test (STT) and, therefore, do not need to register. However, children who attend partner Schools, independent school or a primary school outside of Buckinghamshire must register before 16 June 2023. 

To begin the registration process, you must request more information through the admissions section of the  Buckinghamshire Council website. You should select the query option ‘I would like information about testing for September 2021 entry or later’ to access information and register your interest in the STT.

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for Sir William Borlase's Grammar 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)

Both papers are taken on the same day with a short break in between. Candidates must achieve a standardised score of 121 or above to be considered for entry to a Buckinghamshire grammar school. 

Children who attend a state-funded Buckinghamshire primary or Partner School will sit both the practice and official STT in their school. Children who attend any other school will sit both the practice and official STT at a grammar school test centre. The practice test is on 12 September 2023 and the official test is two days later on 14 September 2023.

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