Established in 1624, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, often referred to as ‘Borlase’, is a co-educational, selective state grammar school. Educating students aged between 11 and 18, the school is located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. The school became co-educational in 1987, having previously been a boys’ grammar. Borlase is a specialist Performing Arts College and has academy status.
The school holds a number of awards, including the Sportsmark Award, the NACE Challenge Award, the Healthy Schools Mark and the Continuing Professional Development Mark. It is also designated as a National Support School. In previous years, Borlase has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Address: Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, West Street, Marlow, SL7 2BR
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01628 816500
School Type: Co-educational Grammar
Number of pupils: 986 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 120 (approx.)
Open Day Date: September
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: 11 plus exam, Secondary Transfer Test, GL Assessment
Year 7 admission to Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is determined by student performance in the 11+ exam known as the Secondary Transfer Test, which is created by GL Assessment and administered by Buckinghamshire County Council.
If parents have any questions about the Secondary Transfer Test, they should contact the Admissions Team at the local authority, by emailing [email protected], or by telephone on 01296 388222.
The school holds an Open Evening in September for parents and prospective students, where there are exhibitions and demonstrations in various departments. The Open Evening also includes a guided tour by pupils at the school and a presentation by the Head and Deputy Head. To book a place at the Open Evening, parents should contact the school reception on 01628 816500.
The school often receives more applications than there are available places. In such cases, the following oversubscription criteria are used, giving priority to:
Sir William Borlase also has a waiting list system in place, where students are ranked in accordance with the school’s oversubscription criteria. If parents decline an offer of a place, they may subsequently re-join the waiting list upon request.
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School’s full admissions policy is available to download from their website.
Students who already attend a Buckinghamshire primary school are automatically registered to sit the 11+ Secondary Transfer Test. Those who attend a partner school, or live outside of Borlase’s catchment area, need to be registered for testing and sit the test at a central venue in Buckinghamshire.
The Registration Form can be accessed on the Grammar Schools and Transfer Test page on the Bucks County Council website.
Parents who have any questions about the admissions procedure at Sir William Borlase are encouraged to contact the Admissions team at County Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks on 01296 395 000. Alternatively, parents can email using the Contact Us form on their website.
Results from the 11+ exam are sent to parents before the end of October.
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School uses the Secondary Transfer Test for Year 7 entry. There are two test papers. The first tests students’ comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning skills. The second test paper consists of non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions.
Each test last approximately 45 minutes and is multiple-choice. The Secondary Transfer Test is weighted as follows:
Each test is age standardised to ensure that no student has an advantage based on their age. In order to be considered for a Year 7 place at Borlase, students need to achieve a minimum qualifying score of 121 or above.
As with all Buckinghamshire Grammar schools, students will have the opportunity to take two practice tests, two days before the actual exam, to familiarise themselves with the format of the Secondary Transfer Test.
For more information on the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test, please see the Buckinghamshire County Council website.
Students who are prepared for the Secondary Transfer Test are likely to feel more confident on the day of the test. At Exam Papers Plus, we believe that a ‘little but often’ approach to exam revision is the best way to improve a child’s performance.
We advise that parents should create a revision timetable with their child to ensure that they cover each topic. The timetable should outline what subjects need to be studied on what days and allow for flexibility as the test approaches.
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