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Watford Grammar School for Girls (11+) Exam – Secondary Transfer Test Information 2024

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Introduction

 

Watford Grammar School for Girls (WGGS) is an academy in Watford, Hertfordshire. A partially selective school, it has been educating able and ambitious girls since 1704. [1]

 

Watford Girls is a high-achieving school, offering a balanced and broad academic curriculum in an effort to ensure that each student achieves her own personal and academic goals. Staff are aware of the changing needs of the cohort, delivering teaching that’s both rigorous and engaging, as well as relevant.  

 

Extracurricular activities play a vital role in the girls’ time at WGGS, with a variety of clubs and societies available. Students are encouraged to take part in at least three clubs per week to broaden their interests and make new friends. Everything from Eco-Committee and coding to Young Enterprise and Wind Band is on offer, complementing the lively character of school life. [2]

 

The ethos of Watford Girls embraces the notion that pastoral care and the overall objectives of the institution are inseparable. In essence, the school’s aims are intertwined, allowing the collective efforts of both teaching and non-teaching staff to play a vital role in the successful implementation of pastoral care.

 

Central to the school’s philosophy is the holistic approach to education, targeting girls’ personal growth, unique circumstances, talents and passions as matters of utmost importance. 

 

Furthermore, WGGS places high value on the acknowledgement and celebration of students’ accomplishments. Most recently, 68% of GCSE results were grades 7, 8 and 9, confirming the school’s strong reputation as a desirable educational destination for girls in the area. 

 

To learn more about Watford’s provision from a student’s perspective, view the below video:

 

 

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

 

Address: Lady’s Close, Watford WD18 0AE

County: Hertfordshire

Admissions info: admissions@watfordgirls.herts.sch.uk, 01923 223 403

School type: Girls’ school, partially selective

Number of places in Year 7: 210

Open Day date: July, 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 Girls 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

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

 

WGGS has 137 community places and up to 73 specialist places available in Year 7. There are often more applications than available places, in which case, the following oversubscription criteria (for community places) are used, giving priority to:

 

  • Looked After, or previously Looked After, children
  • Girls whose normal home address is nearest to the school
  • Girls with a parent who is a permanent member of the school staff
  • Girls with a sibling (sister) enrolled at the school
  • Girls with a sibling (brother) enrolled at Watford Grammar School for Boys
  • Students who live closest to the school.

 

For specialist places, the criteria are as follows, giving priority to:

 

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

 

For further details about Watford Grammar School for Girls’ admission process, please visit the school’s website. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:

 

 

Is Watford Grammar School for Girls part of a Consortium?

 

Watford Grammar School for Girls 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 Girls

 

If you wish your daughter to be considered for a Year 7 place at Watford Grammar School for Girls, you should register her with the South West Herts Consortium by the deadline in June. 

 

You will also be asked to complete and submit the Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which is available on the school page

 

Furthermore, the Common Application Form (CAF), available on the website of your Local Authority, should be completed so that it lists Watford Grammar School for Girls as your preferred school. 

 

Does Watford Grammar School for Girls have a catchment area?

 

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

 

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

 

The Watford Grammar School for Girls 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 Girls 11 Plus (11+) Exam?

 

Utilising our practice tests is one of the top strategies to prepare for a competitive entrance exam. They are meticulously designed to mirror the actual exam, offering your child a comprehensive understanding of what to expect on the big day. This involves not just the intellectual challenge, but also understanding how to manage time efficiently. 

 

Our resources offer an invaluable opportunity for your child to get accustomed to working under time pressure. By undertaking the tests under timed conditions, children can learn to respond both quickly and accurately.

 

Our 11+ practice tests are thoroughly researched and up-to-date. Designed to mirror the requirements of a competitive entrance exam, they are relied on by thousands of students every year.

 

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

 

Watford Grammar School for Girls 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 202 (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 Girls 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 Girls 11+ exam. Please click here to learn more.

 

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

 

For those sitting the Watford Grammar School for Girls eleven plus exam, we highly recommend the following resources to help prepare in an efficient manner:

 

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