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St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School

St Bernard's Catholic Grammar school building
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St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School is a Roman Catholic selective grammar school for over 800 students aged 11-18 in Slough. The school’s history dates back to 1897 when a group of Bernardine Cistercian Sisters were forced to flee to the UK from France with the interest of establishing a school; although it was not till the 1940s that the school officially became St Bernard’s school as it is known today. 

The school has on offer a wide selection of great facilities including a dance studio, sports hall, and large school halls as well as courts for tennis, netball, and basketball. In addition, they have a rich co-curricular programme including art, drama, music, and sports clubs. Moreover, they run annual trips to locations such as Italy, France, New York, and Spain to further expand students’ learning.  

St Bernard’s ethos is built on the core Christian values of compassion, forgiveness, and love; their goal is to welcome new students into a spiritual life founded on worship and prayer. An aspect of this mission is service to others which the school engages in through their involvement with several Catholic charities and organisations.

Ofsted, in their most recent inspection of the school, reported it to be ‘outstanding’, describing the school as a safe space where students are ‘very mature and considerate’ and the teaching is ‘of a very high quality’. In 2022, the school also achieved some great results with 77% of students being awarded grades 9-7 in English and Maths at GCSE Level and 42% of students being awarded A*-A grades at A Level.

Key information for 2024 entry to St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School at 11 Plus (11+)

Admissions information for 2024 entry to St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School at 11 Plus (11+)

Prospective students and parents are encouraged to attend one of St Bernard’s Open Mornings. This will allow you to see the school in operation on a student-led tour, meet the staff, and make sure St Bernard’s is the right choice for you and your family. Open Mornings will be held on 11, 12, and 13 July 2023 with 3 tours each day (9-9.55am, 10-10.55am, and 11.25am-12.15pm). You can book your place at one of these Open Mornings here

Applications for Year 7 entry into St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School will be made available till 12 June 2023 at 10am.

The exam will be held in September and your child will receive their results in October. It is important that you also submit your CAF to your local home authority by the end of October listing ‘St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School’; do note that the order you list schools in is reflected as your order of preference. 

National school offer day is held at the start of March 2024, the expected Published Admission Number (PAN), the number of places available for Year 7 entry, is 150, and the eligibility score is 111.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School?

To register your child for the entrance exam, you as their parent/legal guardian must complete an online registration form through the Slough Consortium’s registration portal before the 12 June 2023 deadline. 

When registering your child, make sure that your child’s home address is within the catchment area  to be eligible for admission.

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School?

The exam format is composed of two papers each lasting approximately 60 minutes. All questions are multiple-choice with no written sections. These papers, which are produced by GL Assessment, will include the following areas:

  • English – comprehension, based on KS2 curriculum
  • Maths – based on KS2 curriculum 
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

How to prepare your child for the 11 Plus (11+) St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School exam

The most useful way to prepare for St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School’s 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

For St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School (Slough Consortium) 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

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