11+ Applications

What is the purpose of the Eleven plus selection procedure?

The Eleven plus selection procedure is designed to determine whether or not children in the autumn term of their final year at primary school are suitable for admission to a grammar school. Parents should note that meeting the academic requirements for entry to the School is not, in itself, a guarantee of an offer of a place.

Grammar schools are required to run their selection tests and notify parents of the results before parents make an application to their Local Authority for a secondary school place for their child. This means that parents must register their son for the Eleven plus Test and following the release of the results, parents who wish to apply for a place at Bishop Wordsworth’s School must name BWS as one of their preferences on the LA Secondary Application Form.

When can I look round the school?

Four Open Afternoons will take place from Tuesday 23rd June to Thursday 25th July and Monday 29th June 2020 inclusive, when staff were available to answer questions, and tours of the School by pupils were organised. The Open Afternoons begin at 2pm with an introductory talk and finishes at approximately 3.30pm. These afternoons are for boys as well as parents..

In addition, there are three more Open Sessions taking place. Further information can be found here

Please note

  • There is no car parking on the school site.
  • Boys are welcome to come along too.
  • You will need to book a place for the Open Sessions.

How can I obtain a prospectus?

The School prospectus can be found here

All admissions information for 2020 entry is available to download or can be obtained directly from the Admissions Office (the Online Registration form will be available on the website from April 2019 or alternatively, a hard copy can be obtained from the Admissions Office). Information will be sent out to local primary schools within the BWS designated area or can be obtained at the Open Afternoons. When the Registration Form is completed, parents will be asked to confirm that they consent to specific data sharing as required by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

How do I register my son for the Eleven plus Test?

The Online Registration form must be sent to BWS to register your son for the Eleven plus Test. It is available to download from the website at the bottom of this page. This is essential for the administration of the test and also gives evidence for the application of our oversubscription criteria. The form should be completed and returned to BWS by 1700 hrs on Thursday 11th July 2019. Registration forms received by the School after 1700 hours on 11th July 2019 will be considered ‘Late’. Boys whose registration form is received ‘Late’ and who have applied to their Local Authority for a place at BWS by 31st October 2019 will sit the test in November/December 2019 and therefore will not know the test results until after the deadline of applying for a place to the Local Authority has passed. Boys sitting the test in November/December 2019 will be considered for a place alongside those who sat the test in September 2019 provided parents have submitted an ‘on-time’ application to the Local Authority for a place at the School.

Does the Eleven plus Procedure take account of Special Educational Needs?

If a child has a current statement of educational needs, speaks English as a Second Language or faces any other barrier to learning, whether medical or educational (eg Specific learning difficulties), or parents feel their son’s circumstances may affect his performance in the test, they can request that special consideration be given to him. Parents must complete the Special Access arrangements form and return it with written evidence to the School by Thursday 11th July 2019. The School will then conduct a consultation process with appropriate medical or educational professionals (such as the boy’s Headteacher, SENDCo and the LA Educational Psychologist). Parents will be advised of the outcome of that consultation in writing prior to the date of the test itself, and informed as to whether special measures will be allowed.

What happens once I have registered for the Test?

We do not send an emailed acknowledgement that their form has been received, you will however see a message as part of the enrolment process telling you that your form has been successfully registered. The Admissions Officer will email you once the closing date for applications has passed. A copy of the CEM Familiarisation 11+ booklet can be downloaded from menu item 18 on this page. 
Details of the test arrangements will be sent through approximately one week before the exam. The test will be held on the morning of Saturday 14th September 2019. (For further details regarding the format of the Test, please continue reading through to the section below regarding testing arrangements.)

What about the Local Authority Secondary Application Form?

A letter with the Eleven plus test scores will be posted out mid-October in time for parents to complete and return the Secondary Application Form for their Local Authority, the deadline for which is 31st October 2019 (for Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset residents). This will give details of the test scores and whether the student has met the required standard (and is “eligible” for admission). It is important to note that meeting the required standard does not guarantee that your son will be offered a place at Bishop Wordsworth’s School if the school is oversubscribed.

Parents of boys living in Wiltshire should obtain the Wiltshire Council (WC) Secondary Application Form from their child’s primary school, or direct from WC County Hall at Trowbridge, or apply online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk where there is a link from the Home Page. Candidates from other counties should apply via their own County’s Secondary Application Form. Their County Council will then inform WC of a candidate's preference for BWS.

Parents that wish to apply for a grammar school place following the release of the Eleven plus results should include BWS as one of their named preferences on the Secondary Application Form.

What are the arrangements for testing?

Boys sit the 11+ test on a Saturday in the middle of September 2020.

The Eleven plus test is taken under public exam conditions and clearly most boys will be affected by nerves at some point in the weeks and days before the test. Therefore, parents are strongly advised to monitor and limit any activities which might put undue additional pressure on their son and therefore induce poor exam performance.

NB. No child should sit the tests if he is unwell or affected by any personal circumstances that may influence his performance. Parents should telephone the School either before the test or on the morning of Saturday 14th September 2018. Arrangements will be made for any child who cannot attend on 14th September to sit the tests on Friday 20th September.

Parents who have registered for the Eleven plus Test using the Supplementary Registration Form will receive details of the test arrangements in the post approximately one week before the exam.

What does the Test involve?

The test consists of two papers each lasting 50 minutes and administered in about one hour:

  1. CEM Paper 1
  2. CEM Paper 2

Each paper assesses verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability and is in multiple choice format. Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to KS 2 English and Mathematics and to be able to apply these skills creatively. Each paper comprises several individually timed sections. There will be a break between the tests when candidates will be able to have a drink and a snack and go to the toilet if necessary. Mobile phones and timers will not be permitted in the exam room. Please note that no extra time will be given at the end of the test for any candidate who either has to leave the exam room because of illness or because they need the toilet.

Each candidate may sit only one 11+ assessment. The Eleven Plus test can only be taken once. There will be other schools that will be using the same tests as BWS. If your son takes our test after 14th September and is found to have taken the same test, then we will use the raw scores from the first test he took, even if it was at another school.

The BWS Eleven Plus test papers are prepared by CEM (University of Durham). There are no practice papers for sale in respect of the CEM tests. A Familiarisation booklet of questions is available on our website. They will be tests for which no additional preparation is necessary.

The Familiarisation booklet is designed to inform parents and candidates about the Entrance Test in order to: give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment; introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment; inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure; indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested; highlight the range of answer formats used in the test.

This booklet also includes examples to indicate the range of skills required to complete the assessment and the manner in which questions are answered. The familiarisation booklet is NOT definitive and the inclusion of any question types does not guarantee that they will be found in the final assessment.

How are the tests scores calculated?

Papers are marked centrally by CEM who then carry out a standardisation process. Standardisation is a statistical procedure whereby raw scores (number of questions answered correctly) are converted to standardised scores including age weighting to make it fair for candidates. The standardisation is carried out by statisticians at CEM. The result notified will be the standardised weighted score from the Verbal, Mathematics and Non-Verbal components of both papers. The raw scores attained by candidates are not supplied to the School and will therefore not be made available to parents.

All candidates whose weighted score reaches the standardised pass mark will be regarded as having passed the entrance test. Boys whose weighted score falls below the standardised pass mark will be deemed to unsuited to a grammar school course of education. It must be noted that normally more boys will pass the entrance test than can be accommodated and in these circumstances the oversubscription criteria and waiting list procedures at Annex E of the Admissions Policy 2020 will apply.

How will I be informed of my son’s results?

A letter with the Eleven plus test scores will be posted out mid-October 2019 in time for parents to complete and return the Secondary Application Form for their Local Authority, the deadline for which is noon on 31st October 2019 (for Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset residents). This will give details of the test score and whether the student has met the required standard (and is “eligible” for admission). It is important to note that meeting the required standard does not guarantee that your son will be offered a place at BWS if the school is oversubscribed. Parents can contact the School for guidance about the suitability of an application to BWS. At this stage of the process, this will not be an offer of a place; it will give an indication of whether an application is likely to be successful.

Will there be enough space for my son if he passes?

BWS has a planned admission number for Year 7 of 160. If more than 160 boys achieve the standardized pass mark, then the school will rank every boy eligible for a place according to the published oversubscription criteria to decide which children are to be admitted. The oversubscription criteria can be found at Annex E of the Admissions Policy 2020 at the bottom of this page.

Does it matter where we live?

For practical reasons we recommend that your son shouldn’t have a journey of more than an hour in order that he can fully participate in the wider life of the school.

My son has passed – how do I now apply for a place?

All applications and offers of places for admission into Year 7 of the 2020-2021 academic year at BWS will be co-ordinated by Wiltshire Council (WC) acting in their capacity as a Local (education) Authority (LA).

Parents of boys living in Wiltshire should obtain the Wiltshire Council (WC) Secondary Application Form from their child’s primary school, or direct from WC County Hall at Trowbridge, or apply online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk where there is a link from the Home Page. Candidates from other counties should apply via their own County’s Secondary Application Form. Their County Council will then inform WC of a candidate's preference for BWS.

The LA allocates places using an equal preference system. This means that all school preferences expressed by parents must be given equal consideration although a child will receive only one offer of a school place. The child’s details are forwarded to each school on the list who then rank the applicants in order of priority using their admissions criteria. The ranked lists are then forwarded to the LA who allocate places in accordance with their published procedures.

Parents that wish to apply for a grammar school place following the release of the Eleven plus results should include BWS as one of their named preferences on the Secondary Application Form.

It is important that parents understand that the system of allocation of school places by the LA will mean that if, after applying the admissions criteria, a child appears on the eligible list of their first preference school, then this is the place that will be offered. A candidate with Bishop’s as a second or third preference, even if they are deemed suitable for a grammar school education, would not be offered a place at BWS on Friday 1st March 2020 if they are eligible for a school for which they have indicated a higher preference on the Secondary Application Form. Parents should contact their LA if they are unclear about the preference system.

How will the LA allocate places at BWS?

BWS will rank all applicants that have expressed a preference for BWS in order of priority using the over-subscription criteria and then forward the complete list to the LA.

The LA considers each expressed preference equally, regardless of whether the school was placed first, second, third etc. The LA matches the BWS ranked list and:

  • Where the child, after application of the admissions criteria, is eligible for only one of the nominated schools, that school will be the allocated place.
  • If the child is eligible for two or more schools, a place will be allocated at the school for which the parent has expressed the highest preference.
  • If the child is not eligible for any of the nominated schools then the child will be allocated a place at their designated school unless an alternative place is available within the safe statutory walking distance from their home address.

The LA will post notification of allocations on Friday 1st March 2020.

The 11+ Timetable

Timetable for entrance to year 7 in September 2020
May 2019 Admissions information for 2020 entry is available from the grammar schools. Copies to be circulated to all year 5 children in primary schools in the schools’ designated area.
Tuesday 25th June - Monday 1st July (inclusive) Open Sessions at Bishop Wordsworth’s School. All from 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Thursday 11th July 2019 Deadline for returning Special Access Arrangements form to BWS
1700 hours on Thursday 11th July 2019 Final date for return of BWS Supplementary Registration form to the School
Saturday 14th September 2019 11 + test
Monday 16th September 2019 Second Round Applications Open
Friday 20th September 2019 Follow-up test for those that are unwell on the main test date
Mid-October 2019 11+ results posted to parents by schools
Wednesday 31st October 2019 Final date for parents to return the Secondary Application Form to Local Authority
Early March 2020 National day for posting offers of places at secondary schools from LA - Date TBC
Mid March 2020 Deadline for acceptance of offer of a school place - Date TBC

  

BWS 11+ Familiarisation Booklet

 

Admissions Policy 2020