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Watford Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Watford Grammar School for Girls

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Watford Grammar School for Girls (WGSG) is a partially-selective grammar school with academy status. The Watford Grammar Schools grew from a Free School, founded by Dam Elizabeth Fuller in 1704, and the schools then separated into boys and girls in 1881. [1]

Located in Hertfordshire, WGSG is recognised nationally as an academically high-achieving school with a modern curriculum and specialist teaching. WGSG offers a varied curriculum enabling students to develop their analysis skills, critical thinking, and creativity. In Year 7, students study a combination of core subjects like English and maths as well as additional subjects such as music, P.E, Classics and computing. [2]

WGSG prides itself on not only being academically successful but also having a diverse and interesting range of clubs, giving students the opportunity to discover and develop their own passions and interests. The school runs a wide range of exciting and stimulating extracurricular activities, such as Bollywood dancing, Computing Code Breaker Club, Art Club, creative writing clubs, as well as an array of music and sporting options. [3]

Key information for 2024 entry to Watford Grammar School for Girls at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Girls grammar school with academy status 
  • Registration opens – closes: 11 April – 16 June 2023

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Watford Grammar School for Girls at 11 Plus (11+)

This information is relevant for those applying to Watford Grammar School for Girls based on academic assessment. The school also reserves a number of places (10% of admissions) on the basis of music aptitude. Entry based on musical assessment will not be discussed in this article, however, you can find more information about it here.

It is strongly recommended that prospective students and their parents attend one of Watford Grammar School for Girls’ Open Evenings if you are applying for a place in Year 7. Information about their Open Evenings for Year 7 2024 entry can be found here. Open Evenings give you and your child the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the facilities, meet the staff, and ensure WGSG is the right choice for you and your child. 

To register for the entrance exam at WGSG for Year 7 entry, you must register with the South West Herts Consortium, which opens on 11 April 2023. 

You must also submit one of the WGSG’s School Information Forms (SIF) and a Common Application Form (CAF) to your local authority, naming Watford Grammar School for Girls as your preference. If you live in Hertfordshire, your local authority is Hertfordshire County Council. Both of these forms are available from September 2023 and must be returned by 31 October 2023. 

WGSG has 137 community places and up to 73 specialist places available for Year 7. As a result of the school being heavily oversubscribed, they have strict admissions criteria in place.

The oversubscription criteria for community places gives priority to:

  • Look After, or previously Looked After, children
  • Children whose normal home address is nearest to the school and who would not be allocated a place under any other criteria 
  • Children with a parent who is a permanent member of staff (who has been employed at the school for two or more years)
  • Children with a sibling at either WGSG or Watford Grammar School for Boys (excluding students who entered these schools in Sixth Form)
  • Places will then be allocated to children in increasing distance order using straight line distance between the girl’s normal home address and the school

The oversubscription criteria for specialist places gives priority to:

  • Children selected on the basis of aptitude for music as measured by the school’s assessment procedures, in merit order (21 places)
  • Children selected by academic ability as measured by the school’s assessment procedures, in merit order (52 places)

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Watford Grammar School for Girls?

To register your child for the WGSB entrance exam, you must first register with the South West Herts Consortium between 11 April to 16 June 2023. You will then be notified of your child’s test venue on 7 July 2023. 

The test will take place on 9 September 2023 and you will be notified of the outcome of the test around October.

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for Watford Grammar School for Girls?

The exam papers are set by GL Assessment and consist of the following tests:

  • Mathematics 
  • Verbal reasoning

Each test will last for approximately 50 minutes and both are multiple-choice. 

Watford Grammar School for Girls follows SW Herts Consortium’s admissions test scheme. All the schools in the consortium use the same academic test to assess children who are applying for academic places. This means that if your child is applying for an academic place at a number of these schools, they will only need to take the test one.

These tests have specifically been devised for Consortium schools and there is no minimum score requirement for entry.

How to prepare your child for the 11 Plus (11+) Watford Grammar School for Girls exam

The most useful way to prepare for Watford Grammar School for Girls’ 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.

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