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John Hampden Grammar School

Buckinghamshire

Overview

John Hampden Grammar School is a selective state boys’ grammar school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The school has had Specialist status in Technology since 2001 and in Sports and Art since 2006. The school has consistently been classified as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

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Boys' grammar school


Test Month: September


Results Sent to Parents: October


Allocations: March

John Hampden Grammar School
Marlow Hill
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 1SZ

Admissions and exam information


The exam, called the Secondary Transfer Test (STT), is made up of two multiple-choice GL Assessment papers. Approximately 45 minutes is allowed for each paper. There will be a break between papers. One paper includes comprehension, technical English (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and verbal reasoning questions. The other paper includes non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions. This will be the same each year, although the questions will be different. Children answer questions on separate answer sheets.

School

Total of 180 places in Year 7


Buckinghamshire (Bucks) is one of the last remaining counties where education is fully selective. Buckinghamshire operates an ‘opt out’ system for the 11 Plus, whereby children at Bucks state primary schools are automatically entered for the test, unless their parents actively withdraw them from taking it.

Children seeking a Year 7 place in a Buckinghamshire grammar school sit the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test (STT) in early September at the start of Year 6. The test is commissioned by The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) acting on behalf of the 13 Buckinghamshire grammar schools and is produced by GL Assessment. The test does not have a pass mark. Instead there is a qualifying score for admission to grammar school. The qualifying score for Buckinghamshire grammar schools is a Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS) of 121 or above. The STTS is calculated by age-standardising the three section scores and then adding them using the following weightings: verbal (English and verbal reasoning) – 50%; mathematical – 25%; non-verbal – 25%. The total is the STTS.

Achieving an STTS of 121 or above does not guarantee your child a place, it simply means your child is eligible for a place. Each Buckinghamshire Grammar School sets its own criteria for admissions (please refer to its website for this). When the school is applying its admissions criteria they do not use STTS scores to rank children, so children with a higher score above 121 are not at an advantage.

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Exam preparation

From experience we know that the best preparation for the exams cannot be achieved in a short period of time. We believe the earlier your child can practice the better chance they have in securing a place.

How can you ensure my child gets into the best schools possible?

We know that preparing for the exam can be a major focus in your child’s education and we are here to support you throughout that journey. We do not believe in simply ‘teaching to a test’, which is why we offer individualised courses and specialist courses that complement your child’s education in the run up to and beyond the exam.

Working in small groups and independently our members grow in confidence and develop exam techniques to prepare them for the day of the exam and beyond.

Our unique approach not only uses the most up-to-date resources, our engaging and motivational tutors will guide and support your child every step of the way, whilst providing clear and honest feedback about your child’s progress.

How often should my child have extra tuition? 

At Explore we take a blended approach that involves a weekly individual session, essential to focus on your child’s core maths and English skills and vital to exam success, as well as one scheduled class-taught session each week that focuses on exam-specific techniques and content. As part of our offering we recommend regular home practice, to embed learning of new skills covered in class. We utilise bespoke online and paper-based materials to provide your child with clear activities to practise at home.

Why should I choose Explore Learning? 

We understand that you want to give your child the best opportunities in life and we are here to support you throughout their journey into secondary education. We believe every child should have fair access to exam preparation, we don’t pre-test children, and welcome children of all abilities and will give them the best possible preparation to demonstrate their potential.

Our comprehensive 11 Plus and Entrance Exam courses give children the opportunity to become confident in a range of verbal and non-verbal reasoning methods. In addition, we ensure children are developing the core maths and English skills needed to tackle any exam with confidence. We also prepare children for entrance exams into independent schools, tailoring our courses to suit the focus of schools in the local area.

How to secure a place at this school

Our centres specialise in 11 Plus exam preparation so your child has access to regular practice and the best 11 Plus tuition in the country. For more information, visit one of our recommended centre pages to see how we can cater for your child. To discuss your child’s needs we recommend arranging a visit at one of our Explore Learning tuition centres.

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11 Plus course info

Our course is open to all. We don’t pre-test; we welcome all children with the ambition and drive to go to grammar or independent school.

Students on the 11 Plus course attend twice a week; one exam preparation class (tailored to the local exam requirements) and one tailored, flexible session that focuses on developing core maths and English skills. 11 Plus members also have access to a fantastic online resource with unlimited non-verbal and verbal reasoning exam-style questions – perfect for home practice whenever you want it.

Our course starts 12 months prior to the exam for Year 5 members.

To find out our membership prices, find your nearest centre.

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