Please note: The information in this post reflects the recent changes to the Buckinghamshire grammar school admissions criteria as of 2018.
Beaconsfield High School, known locally as Becky High, is a girls’ grammar school based in Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshire. The school educates girls aged between 11 and 18. Admission to Beaconsfield is determined by student performance in the 11+ Secondary Transfer Test. With approximately 1,100 students at the school, and 180 Year 7 places available, competition for entry is high.
The school operates a house system, where girls compete in a range of activities throughout the academic year. Beaconsfield High School offers a range of modern facilities, including 60 classrooms and a ‘sixth form area’ with an additional 12 classrooms. The school has a fully equipped computer room and a sixth form common room.
For a virtual tour of Beaconsfield High School, take a look at this short video:
Address: Beaconsfield High School, Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1RR
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01494 673043
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,100 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 180 (approx.)
Open Day Date: September
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: GL Assessment
Beaconsfield High School is part of the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Consortium. From 2018, admission to Year 7 is dependent on pupil performance in the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test. The exam board for the test is GL Assessment and it is administered by Buckinghamshire County Council as part of its co-ordinated admissions scheme.
As with all Buckinghamshire schools, applications for Year 7 places are handled by the local authority. Beaconsfield High School outlines its full admissions policy on its website, here, and further information is provided on the Buckinghamshire County Council’s website.
Parents who have further questions about about the Secondary Transfer Test should contact the Admissions Team by email at [email protected], or by telephone on 01296 388222.
Beaconsfield High School encourages parents and prospective students to visit the school ahead of taking the admissions test. The school organises campus tours three times a week during term time, except during May and June, when public exams take place. The tours are carried out by current pupils of the school. These tours provide parents with the opportunity to see the facilities on offer and to meet members of staff. To book a tour, please email [email protected].
As competition for Year 7 entry to the school is high, Beaconsfield often uses its oversubscription criteria to allocate places. In such instances, where there are more applicants than available places, the school gives priority to:
Beaconsfield also operates a waiting list when the school is over-subscribed.
Girls who currently attend a Buckinghamshire primary school are automatically registered to sit the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test, unless parents withdraw them from the testing process.
Students that live outside of the school’s catchment area, or don’t attend one of Beaconsfield’s partner schools, should register their child using the Bucks online application portal, regardless of where they live. The application portal can be accessed on the Grammar Schools and Transfer Test page of the Buckinghamshire County Council website.
Results of the Secondary Transfer Test are sent to parents before the end of October.
Parents who require information on the application process at Beaconsfield High School should contact Buckinghamshire County Council using the Admissions Team Contact Form on their website.
The 11 plus Beaconsfield High School Secondary Transfer Test has two test papers that consist of:
Each test paper lasts for approximately 45 minutes. All questions are multiple-choice and are answered on a separate answer sheet. The 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test is weighted as follows:
At Beaconsfield High School, the Secondary Transfer Test is taken by students in September of Year 6, with all children taking the test on the same day, regardless of whether they live within the Buckinghamshire catchment area or not. The tests are also age standardised to ensure fairness to all students.
For more information on the Secondary Transfer Test dates, please visit the Beaconsfield High School website, here.
It should also be noted that the Secondary Transfer Test does not have a pass mark. Instead, students need to achieve a qualifying score of 121 or above. Students need to meet this score or be deemed qualified by a Selection Review Panel in order to be considered for a Year 7 place at Beaconsfield High School.
Parents of students that do not achieve the qualifying score can apply for a Selection Review if they believe that there is a good reason for their child’s under performance. The Selection Review consists of serving secondary school teachers, retired secondary teachers and primary Heads.
As with all Buckinghamshire grammar schools, students will have the opportunity to take a practice test, two days before the actual exam, to familiarise them with the format of the Secondary Transfer Test.
For more information on the Secondary Transfer Test, please see the Buckinghamshire County Council website.
When it comes to preparing for the Beaconsfield High School 11+ Secondary Transfer Test, it’s best to start revision early. We’d recommend that parents help their daughter create a revision timetable that outlines what needs to be studied and when. The more organised students are in their preparation, the more confident they’ll feel going into the exam.
At Exam Papers Plus, we specialise in publishing practice tests that help children prepare for grammar school exams, like the Secondary Transfer Test at Beaconsfield. Our practice tests can help students become better acquainted with the types of questions that may be asked in the two tests.
In the lead up to the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test, we’d advise students to take our practice tests under timed conditions, to help improve their time management skills and to get them used to answering questions quickly and under pressure.
For the Beaconsfield High School 11+ exam, we would highly recommend the following practice resources:
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The information provided about Beaconsfield 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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