11 Plus Schools

Essex — Redbridge 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 two grammar schools in the London Borough of Redbridge – Ilford County High School for Boys and Woodford County High School for Girls. Both schools are heavily over-subscribed, with as many as 850 applicants for 120 places at each. Note that to apply for 11+ testing at both schools you should be resident in their common catchment area. If the 240 places available cannot be filled by qualified applicants from within Redbridge, non-resident children will be invited to take the test. However, given the number of in-catchment children applying for the test, that is extremely unlikely to happen. In the last five years, no places have been offered outside the catchment area.

Admissions for both schools are managed by Redbridge Council. Definitive information about the Redbridge test was hard to come by until the start of September 2010. Neither school publishes its admission policy or procedures online, simply referring the reader to Redbridge Council’s own website.

Children who take the Redbridge test when they are in primary school will not be re-tested, so your child only gets “one bite of the cherry”. There are no waiting lists for either school beyond the September of Year 7 admission. Parents should also note that, in the experience of our appeals team on the 11+ forum is that school appeals in Redbridge are exceptionally difficult to win.

Woodford County High School and Ilford County High School are part of a group of Grammar schools who will be using a common admissions test on the same date. The other schools in this group are Chelmsford County High School, The Latymer School, the Slough Consortium schools, Reading School and Kendrick. There are other schools in the wider geographical area that will use the same test. Applicants to these schools may only take the test once. The raw marks will be shared with the schools. If a child is found to have taken the test twice, the raw scores for the first attempt will be used.

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Admissions Information for September 2022 entry

The 11 plus exam will be held at Woodford County High School and at Ilford County High School.
There is no change in the test this year, but dates are yet to be confirmed.

Closing date for applications Wednesday 23 June 2021. No late registrations will be accepted.
11+ test dates Saturday 18 September 2021.
Location of test Your child is required to sit the test at one of the Redbridge grammar schools.
Test Types Verbal ability (tests vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning)
Numerical reasoning (tests the ability to solve mathematical problems)
Non-verbal reasoning (tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other)
Familiarisation Booklet
Test Format Multiple Choice
Examiners CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) part of the University of Cambridge.
Pass Mark Variable
Those who achieve the top 180 scores will be offered a place
Results September 2021
Allocations 2nd March 2022
Admissions Information Redbridge Borough Council
Tel: 0208 708 3562/3140
Email: elevenplus@redbridge.gov.uk
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More information and advice can also be found in the Redbridge section of the 11+ Forum

School Information

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Ilford County High School
Fremantle Road
020 8551 6496
Admissions Policy 2022 Boys 180 Thursday 17th June 2021
Woodford County High School
High Road,
Woodford Green,
020 8504 0611
Admissions Policy 2022 Girls 180 TBC

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.
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Page updated on 7th July 2021