11 Plus Schools

Bromley 11 Plus

For Entry in 2022

The Schools Admissions Code, that came into effect in 2012, stated that by law, schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for the Common Application form (CAF) on October 31st.

There are only two grammar schools in the London Borough of Bromley – St. Olaves for boys and Newstead Wood for girls. Many children applying to these schools will also be applying to grammar schools in Bexley and Kent.

St. Olave’s Grammar School

St. Olave’s Grammar school offers 124 places for boys only. Girls are admitted to the Sixth Form. Each year up to four additional places may be offered on the basis of academic ability and tenure of a choristership at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy.

The first 124 in rank order will be offered places. In the case where aggregate test scores are tied, then an offer will be based on the scores for the maths test.
Boys may sit the entrance test if their eleventh birthday falls between 1st September and 31st August inclusive of the academic year in which the September test is set. If their tenth birthday falls within this period, boys may take the test for entry into the School one academic year early provided a letter of recommendation is received from the Headteacher of their primary school and they are in Year 6 at Primary School.

Applications for places in Year 7 should be made by the due date on the Common Application Form provided by the London Borough of Bromley. In addition a Supplementary Information Form, which can be obtained directly from the school should also be completed.

Admissions Information for September 2022 Entry

Closing date for applications Mon 5th July 2021 at 9am
Places 124 boys in year 7
11+ test dates Stage 1: Fri 17th September 2021
Stage 2: Fri 12th November 2021
Test Types Stage 1 – The School’s Selective Eligibility Test (SET)
English Comprehension, Mathematics and Logic (Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning)
All questions are multiple choice
Sample Questions For Stage 1 Entrance
Stage 2 – English – 1 hour
(comprehension in multiple choice format and a creative writing exercise/essay);
Equal marks for both sections
See info and Sample Paper
Maths – 1 hour
consists of standard format questions increasing in difficulty. Up to and including level 4 of National Curriculum. However, the questions will test problem solving skills.
See info and Sample Paper
Test Format Stage 1 – Multiple Choice
Stage 2 – English: multiple choice
Maths – standard
Pass Mark The children who pass the first test are invited to take part in the 2nd stage. Scores will be standardised and aggregated The first 124 will be offered a place. In the event of a tie a rank order will be determined using the performance in the Mathematics paper then creative writing and then English multiple choice.
Allocations Day 2nd March 2021
Links Bromley Admissions Information
St. Olave’s Grammar School
Recommended Practice Materials English Practice Materials
Maths Practice Materials
Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials
Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

School Information

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Olave’s Grammar School
01689 820101
Admissions Policy 2022 Boys 124 Sat 26 June 2021 9am – 1pm

Newstead Wood School

Newstead Wood School (for Girls) became an Academy in April 2011. It offers 168 places in Year 7 and is heavily over-subscribed with around 1010 applications in 2013 and 913 applications in 2012. The school have not published application numbers in recent years.

Applications must be made by completing your Local Authority’s Common Application Form, placing Newstead Wood School for Girls as one of your preferences. Your CAF must be returned to your own Local Authority by the stipulated date. In addition you must also complete Newstead’s Wood School’s own Supplementary Information Form (SIF) available on the schools website. This must be returned to the School by closing date for applications. The SIF should include supporting evidence if required e.g. of PP status. You are advised to return the Supplementary Information Form to Newstead by hand. If you post the form, then only a Guaranteed Delivery Service will be accepted as proof of posting (faxed or emailed forms are not accepted.)

The ‘required standard’ is published in the admissions document each year. In recent years, including 2022, the required standard was 210. Applications will be considered in the following priority Group 1) Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
whose score in the selection test is higher than or equal to the required standard (no distance limit). Also in this group are Pupil or Forces Premium pupils who equal the required standard but they must live within a nine mile radius of the school. Group 2) Girls whose permanent place of residence is within a 9-mile radius of the school or girls of a member of Newstead Wood staff who has been
employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application to sit the test who live outside a 9-mile radius of the school in rank order. Achieving 210 in this group has not usually been sufficient in recent years and it has usually been a higher score required, hence the reference to rank order.

For those who do not fall into either Group 1 or Group 2 there is a category of those who live outside of the 9 mile radius and are not a LAC or previously a LAC. No offers have been made to this category in past years.

All girls in the first group will be invited to sit the selection tests. The results of these tests will be considered and the applicants placed in rank order and a sufficient number of girls names will be forwarded to the London Borough of Bromley’s Schools Admissions Department who will offer places according to the coordinated admission arrangements until all places have been filled. Girls who fall below the cut-off score will automatically be placed on the reserve list for entry. Parents of these girls may withdraw them from the reserve list if they so wish.

The second group will only be invited to sit the selection tests if places are still available after the initial process. This has not happened to date due to the higher volume of applicants.

Admissions Information for September 2022 entry

Closing dates Friday 28th May 2021 by 4pm(SIF)
31st October 2021 – For CAF form
11+ test dates Friday 24th September and Saturday 25th September 2021.
(The test will run in a number of sessions throughout the day)
Test Types Verbal Reasoning & Non-Verbal Reasoning, both multiple choice format
Test Format Multiple Choice
Examiner GL Assessment (NFER)
11+ Test Results Sent out by post from Monday 12th October 2021
Pass Mark Places allocated according to highest score. In the event of a tie, candidates will be ranked according to their Non verbal reasoning score, and if there is still a tie, then according to the highest score in the later sections of the Non Verbal Reasoning paper.
Allocations March 2022
Appeals Requests for appeal packs must be sent to the school, to be received no later than 28 days after the offer date)
For September 2016 entry, 9 appeals were heard, all 9 were rejected
For September 2013 entry, 8 appeals were heard, all 8 were rejected
Links Bromley Admissions Information
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials
Non Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

School Information

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Newstead Wood School
Avebury Road,
01689 853626
Admissions Policy 2022 Girls 168 TBC

For more information about the content of past papers and for appropriate practice materials please visit the Bexley & Bromley section of our 11+ Forum.

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Page updated on 7th July 2021