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.


Practice Papers for the Herschel Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


We have several eleven plus practice papers that can help students prepare for the Herschel Grammar School 11 Plus exam. We would specifically recommend the following:


Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section


11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 20 questions. It focuses on time-pressured problem solving with question styles that are known to have been previously used by CEM.


11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 5 sections, with 5 questions in each section. It focuses on a specific type of question that comes up in CEM exams. These questions are based on some form of chart or diagram that the student must use to work out the answers. The answers must be recorded on a separate sheet in a specific manner. This pack includes separate answer sheets so students can get used to recording their responses in this way, just like they will need to do in the 11+ Herschel Grammar School exam.


11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 20 tests, each with 10 questions. It focuses on a different CEM question type in which there are multiple possible answer choices provided and the student must pick the correct one for each question. Separate answer sheets are provided so students can get used to recording their responses in this manner.


11+ Mental Arithmetic

This pack contains 15 tests, each with 15 questions. It focuses on fundamental arithmetic skills, developing a strong basis that allows students to work through maths questions efficiently and with confidence.


Verbal Reasoning Section


Verbal Reasoning, as defined by CEM, is quite different to how it may be traditionally understood. It includes a number of question types that focus on vocabulary and comprehension as well as some more unusual formats. Each of the packs below focuses on a different skill that is assessed in the Verbal Reasoning section of the CEM 11+ Herschel Grammar School exam.


11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains plenty of practice for various question types that crop up frequently in CEM exams. These include questions  that assess a student’s grasp of synonyms and antonyms as well as other formats such as shuffled sentences and contextual cloze.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

These packs contains plenty of vocabulary practice, specifically designed to match the style used in CEM exams in the ‘Word Choice’ section. There are 24 practice tests in each pack, each with 29 questions. We recommend beginning with Pack 1. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM) Pack 1

This pack focuses on a specific CEM Verbal Reasoning question type that comes up frequently. It’s relatively unusual and, in our experience, students can find it difficult to get to grips with. There are 20 tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.


11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Herschel exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.


11+ Cloze (CEM)

This pack focuses on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. The pack covers three different variations, with 21 tests in total.


11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Herschel test, focus heavily on assessing a child’s vocabulary. These packs each introduce 200 words within context, helping students to improve both their vocabulary and spelling. This will prove useful for the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging than Pack 1.


Non-Verbal Reasoning Section


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

This pack covers a number of the question types that are used in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exams such as Matrices, Box Sequences and Exceptions. There are some extension question types as well. Whilst these are not known to be utilised in CEM exams, they will help develop your child’s Non-Verbal reasoning ability, which will stand them in good stead for the exam.


Full Practice Tests


11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

These packs each contain two test papers covering all three topics: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning. Using the official familiarisation material and our deep knowledge of CEM question styles and formats, we’ve created accurate and up to date CEM practice papers that pay attention to all elements including question types, timings, structure, format, question wordings, fonts and design. Answers and Answer Sheets are included so your child can get used to marking their answers as they will need to do in the actual exam.


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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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