Please note: The information in this post reflects the recent changes to the Buckinghamshire grammar school admissions criteria as of 2018.
Founded in 1959, Aylesbury High School, known as AHS, is an all-girls’ grammar school located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The school was formed when Aylesbury Grammar School split into two single-sex grammar schools. With a catchment area that includes Oxford and Milton Keynes, admission to AHS is determined by pupil performance in the Secondary Transfer Test.
The school operates a house system, where students compete throughout the year in a range of activities. The six houses at Aylesbury High School are Ascott, Claydon, Hughenden, Missenden, Stowe, and Waddesdon. The school gained academy status in 2011.
For an insight into academic life at Aylesbury High School, take a look at this short promotional video:
Address: Aylesbury High School, Walton Road, Aylesbury, HP21 7SX
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01296 388222
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,290 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 180 (approx.)
Open Day Date: January, March
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: GL Assessment
Aylesbury High School is part of the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Consortium. From 2018, Year 7 entry is determined by pupil performance in the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test,. The test is produced by GL Assessment and administered by Buckinghamshire County Council as part of its co-ordinated admissions scheme.
Applications for Year 7 places are handled by the local authority. Full details of Aylesbury High School’s admissions process can be found on Buckinghamshire County Council’s website, here, and on the school’s website. Any further enquiries about the Secondary Transfer Test should be directed to the Admissions Team by email at [email protected], or by telephone on 01296 388222.
Before applying for a Year 7 place at Aylesbury High School, parents are encouraged to visit the school during one of its Open Mornings, which take place in January and March. The Open Mornings include a tour of the school, where parents and prospective students will have the opportunity to speak to current pupils and staff members. To book one of the mornings, parents are advised to contact the school receptionist Mrs Onley, at [email protected].
In such cases that there are more applicants than available places at Aylesbury High School, it uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:
From 2018, a waiting list will be maintained until the end of August by Aylesbury High School itself for Year 7 admissions.
Girls who already attend a Buckinghamshire primary school will be automatically registered to sit the Secondary Transfer Test for Year 7 entry to Aylesbury High School. For students that live outside of the school’s catchment area, details of how to register are made available on the Buckinghamshire County Council website before registration opens.
11+ test results are sent to parents before the end of October, when secondary school applications need to be submitted. Further information on how students that live out with the catchment area can apply, is available on the local authority’s registration portal.
Parents who require information on the application process at Aylesbury High School should contact Buckinghamshire County Council using the Admissions Team Contact Form on their website.
The new Aylesbury High School Secondary Transfer Test at 11+ consists of two test papers:
All questions are multiple-choice and are answered on a separate answer sheet. Each Secondary Transfer Test paper lasts for approximately 45 minutes, with each correct answer gaining one raw mark. The verbal skills section has the most weighting at 50%, with the non-verbal and maths sections each weighted at 25%.
At Aylesbury High School, the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test is taken by students in September of Year 6, with all children taking the test on the same day, whether they are within the Buckinghamshire catchment area or not. The tests are age standardised to ensure that no students have an advantage based on their age.
The Secondary Transfer Test does not have a pass mark but does have a qualifying score of 121 or above. Students need to meet this score in order to be considered for a Year 7 place at Aylesbury High School. It should be noted however, that achieving the Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS), does not guarantee a place at the school. Each grammar school in Buckinghamshire sets its own additional admissions criteria.
Before taking the Secondary Transfer Test, students will have the opportunity to take a practice test, two days before the actual exam. The practice test aims to give students the experience of taking a test under exam conditions and to help familiarise them with the layout of the 11+ STT.
For more information on the Secondary Transfer Test, please see the Buckinghamshire County Council website.
Given the competition for Year 7 entry to Aylesbury High School, parents should ensure that their child is fully prepared for the Secondary Transfer Test. We would advise that parents and students create a study schedule well ahead of the test date, to ensure that each aspect of the test syllabus is covered.
The more confident a student feels going into the exam hall, the more likely they are to perform well. Students who are organised with a study schedule will have a competitive advantage over their peers who approach the test in a lesser structured way.
At Exam Papers Plus, we publish practice tests that help children prepare for grammar and independent school admission exams, like the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test at Aylesbury High School. Our practice papers aim to familiarise students with the types of questions that they could be asked in each of the test papers.
When taken under exam conditions, our practice tests can be a great way to identify any weaker areas that may need improving in the lead up to the tests. Once parents know where their child’s strengths and weaknesses lie, they can adjust their study schedule accordingly.
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The information provided about Aylesbury High School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.
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