Herschel Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Herschel Grammar School is a selective, co-educational grammar located in the large Berkshire town of Slough. An academy school, it provides a broad and balanced curriculum to approximately 900 students.


Pupils at Herschel Grammar School have consistently produced good examination results in recent years and, according to Ofsted, the school shows ‘significant improvement’ between Year 7 and Year 11.


For an insight into academic life at Herschel Grammar School watch this short promotional video:



11 Plus Exam Information for Herschel Grammar School



Address: Herschel Grammar School, Northampton Avenue, Slough SL1 3BW

County: Berkshire

Admissions Info: mail@herschel.slough.sch.uk, 01753 520950

School Type: Mixed Grammar

Number of pupils: 879 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: May

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)



Herschel Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions



There are currently 150 Year 7 places available at Herschel Grammar School and

admission is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. Unlike many other UK grammar schools, Herschel hosts an information evening for parents only. The event, which takes place in May, enables parents to find out more information on the school’s admission process.


Admissions to Herschel Grammar School are coordinated through the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools and parents must register online ahead of their child’s 11+ exam date. In cases of oversubscription, the school will adhere to the following criteria, in order of priority:


  • Students who are, or have previously been, in looked-after care.
  • Students who have an Education Health and Care Plan and have reached the required standard.
  • Students who have a permanent home address within 10 miles of the school and who are eligible for the Pupil Premium (up to 30 places).


Remaining pupils will be ranked in order of their performance in the entrance exams.


For more details on Herschel Grammar School’s admission criteria, please visit the website.



How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Herschel Grammar School



To apply for a Year 7 place at Herschel Grammar School, parents must register their child with the Slough Consortium in the first instance. Next, parents must complete a Common Application Form (CAF); this can be done online via Slough County Council.


As Herschel Grammar School follows Slough Consortium’s schedule for Year 7 place allocation, parents are advised to consult this key dates document to ensure your child is registered in time for the 11 Plus exam.



Herschel Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format



The Herschel Grammar School 11+ exam consists of two individual papers, each lasting approximately 60-65 minutes. The papers across all schools in the Slough Consortium are the same and cover a mixture of questions that test Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning.


Parents will receive their child’s exam results online in October, before the deadline for submission of the CAF. All results are fully age standardised.



How to Prepare for the Herschel Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?



While it’s understandable that some children are nervous about the idea of sitting the 11 Plus exam, with the right study plan, it needn’t cause any undue anxiety. Similarly, as a parent you might be worried about your child in the tests, but our parents’ guide to the 11 Plus should allay any fears.


Don’t leave your child’s 11 Plus preparation until the last minute; set aside time daily for your child to revise. It’s a good idea to introduce practice exam papers into your child’s study routine early on, as these will give them a clearer idea of the structure of the exam. Ensure that your child takes our practice papers under timed conditions, as this will get them used to answering questions quickly and under pressure.


Our 11 Plus practice papers can help your child to prepare for the Herschel Grammar School exam. As a starting point, we would recommend:



The information provided about Herschel Grammar 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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