Established in 1818, Reading Girls’ School is a partially selective, bilateral school for girls in Reading, Berkshire. Approximately 430 girls are educated by 25 staff members. The school is known for its focus on business and enterprise. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence academically and socially and the curriculum offers a broad range of subjects and extra-curricular activities. Although not a grammar, Reading Girls’ does use an 11 Plus-style entrance test as part of its admissions process.
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Address: Reading Girls School, Northumberland Avenue, Reading, RG2 7PY
Admissions Info: [email protected], 0118 986 1336
School Type: Co-educational, partially selective
Number of pupils: 430 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 170 (42 by selective stream)
Open Day Date: March
Exam Date: October
Exam Board Type: CEM Select online
This article is relevant for those aiming for entry to the school based on the Selective Stream Test, of which there are 42 allocated places. The school also offers entry via the Coordinated Secondary Admissions Scheme.
Admission to Reading Girls’ School in Year 7 follows the process set out by Coordinated Secondary Admissions Scheme, which is responsible for setting the school’s admissions policy. Each year, the school admits approximately 170 places, 42 of which are selected based on ability.
Students who have a Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan are given priority of place above other students.
In cases where there are more applicants than available places, the school uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:
For further details about Reading Girls’ School admission process, please visit the school’s website.
Before applying for a place at Reading Girls’ School, parents and students are encouraged to attend the school’s Open Day, which usually takes place in March. At the event, parents and students will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet current staff and students.
Once parents have visited the school and are sure that Reading Girls’ is the right establishment for their daughter, applications should be made to the appropriate Local Authority (LA), or submitted online. The application form can be downloaded here.
Students who wish to apply for one of the 42 selective places, should also complete the school’s registration form, which can be accessed here.
Of the 170 available places at the school, 42 are allocated to students who score the highest in the Selective Stream Test. The exam takes place in October and is administered by the exam board, CEM (University of Durham).
The test is taken online and covers the following topics:
Your daughter must be pre-registered to take this test.
For more information on the Selective Stream Test, please visit the Selective Stream Test page on the school’s website.
A little forward planning can go a long way to helping students perform well in the Reading Girls’ School Selective Stream Test. As a starting point, we’d suggest that parents read our 11 Plus guide for parents for an overview of what the test typically involves.
Once a study schedule is in place, using practice exam papers in addition to regular preparation can really help boost a student’s performance. Our practice papers help students become familiar with the layout of the exam and the types of questions that may be asked on test day. They can also help identify any weak areas that may need improvement prior to the exam.
For girls due to take the Reading Girls School Selective Stream Test, we highly recommend the following resources to help prepare in an efficient manner. The test, called CEM Select, is taken online and covers Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning. Those who have taken CEM Select in the past have told us that they found these resources extremely beneficial when preparing:
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 CEM exams.
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.
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.
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.
This pack focuses on another common CEM Verbal Reasoning question type. It doesn’t feature in that many 11+ resources so your child may not be too familiar with the format. It assesses the depth of a student’s vocabulary, as well as their understanding of phrases and idioms. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on a CEM question type that targets a student’s knowledge and understanding of adjectives. To do well in this question type, students need to have a broad vocabulary as well as a solid understanding of common phrases and idioms. Furthermore, when there are two or more seemingly possible answers, they need to be able to discern which is the ‘best’, given the context. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on a CEM question type that tests the depth of a student’s vocabulary. These questions can be quite tricky. For example, the superfluous definitions are designed to pose challenges, perhaps defining a homophone of one of the target words. To do well in this question type, students must be confident in their choice of words and their meanings. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Reading exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.
These packs focus on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. Pack 1 focuses on missing words and Pack 2 focuses on missing sentences.
CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Reading 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.
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. CEM Select focuses on Matrices so these are the most relevant questions to use in this pack.
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.
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The information provided about Reading Girls’ 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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