grammar schools

Choosing the right school

Choosing the best secondary school for your son or daughter can be one of the most important decisions that you have to make as a parent. According to recent figures, more parents are choosing to send their children to a selective secondary school than ever before, thus making the system even more competitive.

Bright Light Education can help make this transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible.

What are 11+ Grammar School Examinations?

The 11+ grammar school examinations are the assessments taken in order to gain entrance into grammar schools. Grammar schools are highly selective state schools around the country and they are incredibly competitive. Some grammar schools have as many as 1,500 students applying for only 200 spaces. Most grammar schools choose students based on a pass mark of the examination followed by proximity to the school. Applications to grammar schools are in Year 5.

What is tested?

 Grammar school exams often include maths, English, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. However, it is important to look at the entry requirements for each school as the content of the papers varies from school to school.


When do the examinations take place?

The examinations usually take place during the autumn term of Year 6 for entry into year 7 the following September.

What is NFER, GL Assessment, CEM and ISEB?

GL Assessment, CEM and ISEB are the main examining boards for the 11+ examinations and NFER is the previous name for GL Assessment. It is a good idea to check which examining board the school that you are interested in uses, so that you can prepare your child accordingly.

CEM often tests children on verbal reasoning (which usually includes some form of comprehension or cloze activity), non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning (maths skills). There are not past papers available and papers can change in format each year.

Your child’s primary school may do some preparation for these examinations but often parents choose to have their child tutored to extend the learning done in the classroom and to ensure that their child feels confident and well-prepared in all areas.


How can Bright Light Education help?

The 11+ examinations for grammar schools are incredibly competitive, particularly in and around London and our tutors are able to help guide your child through the key skills they need in order to reach their full potential during the exams. We also aim to boost confidence and self-esteem to give them the best chance of passing their exams. We are highly qualified to help your child with English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning in order to tackle the examinations confidently. We also offer interview practice too.

We can also help to guide parents in which schools would be suitable for their child. We are passionate about ensuring children are suited to the schools they are applying for. In our opinion, there is no point tutoring children to an inch of their lives in order to get into an unrealistic school which, when there, will be continually trying to keep their head above the water. We want children to attend schools where they flourish.

We offer 1:1 tuition and workshops.

Which schools should I consider?

We strongly recommend that you select and consider a range of schools. It is vital that your child feels enthusiastic about a handful of schools to ensure that he or she is happy with the outcome.

Our ‘Secondary Schools Guide‘ is an excellent place for you and your child to start the journey. Included in the Guide are introductions to schools in and around the West London area. They are also schools that we know from experience are popular with children living in West London.

Useful Links

The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools
The Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools

Please contact Bright Light Education to ensure that your child receives the best possible preparation for the 11+ examinations.