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Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

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Introduction

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys (WGSB) is a partially selective academy located in Watford. Upholding the motto Sperate Parati (Go forward with preparation), the school caters for over 1200 pupils in line with high standards, characterised by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’. [1]

 

WGSB delivers a stimulating academic curriculum, ranging from social sciences and languages to mathematics and technology. The school is happy to arrange meetings between parents and staff members to discuss pupils’ progress, as teachers are fully familiarised with each child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. 

 

School life is vibrant and happy, supported by a broad programme of clubs and societies. Everything from chess, drama and debating to gardening, rugby and orchestra is on offer, boosting boys’ foundations of knowledge in parallel with their experiential skills. [2]

 

Adventurous and thrilling, cross-border trips and expeditions help pupils further develop their versatility. Destinations have included Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Spain and France, allowing for memorable experiences that place WGSB high on the list of in-demand schools in the area. 

 

Unique opportunities for students to lead and execute a series of charitable fundraising initiatives are available each term. These help foster pupils’ strong sense of responsibility and independence, allowing them to not only contribute positively to the community, but also cultivate valuable leadership skills.

 

Participation in the vigorous school life at Watford Grammar School enables students to excel individually while developing superior interpersonal skills. In this and many other ways, the school provides a safe and nurturing environment where boys learn to negotiate and build relationships, thereby developing into productive global citizens.

 

To learn more about the school’s overarching provision, ethos and facilities, see the below video:

 

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

 

Address: Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD18 7JF

County: Hertfordshire

Admissions info: office@watfordboys.org, 01923 208900

School type: Boys, partially selective

Number of places in Year 7: 224

Open Day date: October

Exam date: September

Pass mark: Aim for 80%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.

Exam type / Board: GL Assessment

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

This article is relevant for those aiming for entry to the school based on the Academic Criteria. The school also offers an entry point via the Music Criteria, which is not discussed here.

 

WGSB offers 146 community places and 78 specialist places in Year 7. The school is heavily oversubscribed and has a clearly-defined admissions criteria.

 

The oversubscription criteria for community places give priority to:

 

  • Looked After, or previously Looked After, children
  • Boys whose normal home address is nearest to the school and who would not be allocated a place under any other criterion
  • Boys with a parent who is a permanent member of the school staff
  • Boys with a sibling (brother) enrolled at the school
  • Boys with a sibling (sister) enrolled at Watford Grammar School for Girls
  • Boys who live closest to the school.

 

The oversubscription criteria for specialist places give priority to:

 

  • Boys selected on the basis of aptitude for music as measured by the school’s assessment procedures, in merit order
  • Boys selected by academic ability as measured by the school’s assessment procedures, in merit order.

For more information about the full admissions process at WGBS, please visit the Year 7 admissions pages on the school’s website. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:

 

 

Is Watford Grammar School for Boys part of a Consortium?

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys belongs to the South West Hertfordshire 11+ Consortium, a group of schools that use the same entrance exam format and share a very similar admissions process.

 

details about year 7 entry to schools in the SW Herts Consortium

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus (11+) Entry to Watford Grammar School for Boys

 

In the early stages of the admissions process, you should register your son with the South West Herts Consortium by the June deadline. 

 

You should then proceed to complete and submit the School Information Form (SIF) and the Secondary Transfer (or Common Application) Form for the local authority (LA) in which you reside. For residents living in Hertfordshire, that LA is Hertfordshire County Council

 

The SIF and CAF application forms must be submitted by the specified October deadline. For more information, please reach out to the school’s admissions office. 

 

Does Watford Grammar School for Boys have a catchment area?

 

Yes, Watford Grammar School for Boys has a catchment area with priority based on location and distance from the school.

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus exam consists of:

 

  • A Mathematics paper set by GL Assessment, lasting approximately 50 minutes
  • A Verbal Reasoning paper set by GL Assessment, also lasting approximately 50 minutes.

 

The topics evaluated in the test are as follows:

 

➢ Mathematics: These sections assess students’ mathematical skills, problem-solving abilities and logical reasoning. The exam will include questions that test number operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, statistics and data handling.

 

➢ Verbal Reasoning: These sections test your child’s reasoning skills using language-based tasks, such as identifying patterns, completing analogies, solving codes and making logical deductions. They also measure your child’s ability to think critically and analyse information.

 

Once the eleven plus exam is completed, you can expect to receive your child’s results in October. The final Year 7 place allocations will be published in March.

 

How to Prepare for the Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam?

 

Our practice tests are designed to give students a sense of familiarity with the structure and style of the Watford Grammar School for Boys exams, effectively improving their confidence as the test day approaches. They cover all potential exam questions and will help identify areas that require more focus and attention.

 

Creating a study plan that focuses on studying ‘little but often’ and structuring your 11+ exam preparation accordingly can reduce stress and make the process easier for your child. We also strongly suggest that students use our practice tests under timed conditions to practise working under time pressure.

 

Our practice tests are pitched at just the right level, presenting a realistic challenge and aligning seamlessly with the rigorous demands of a competitive 11+ entrance exam. Practical and convenient, they are used by many thousands of students every year. 

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys does not have a specific pass mark, however, data shows that applicants from the school’s catchment area have been admitted with a minimum standardised score of 200 (according to recent exam results).

 

Pupils who are able to score 80%+ consistently in our 11+ SW Hertfordshire practice tests should be on track to pass the Watford Grammar School for Boys 11+ test.

 

Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Watford Grammar School for Boys 11+ exam. Please click here to learn more.

 

Watford Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Practice Exam Papers

 

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SW Herts: Full Practice Tests

 

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Watford Grammar School for Boys 11+ past papers. The information provided about Watford Grammar School for Boys 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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