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St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School is the only co-educational Catholic grammar school in England. Located in Langley, Berkshire, St. Bernard’s was founded in 1897 and continues to promote a spiritual life through worship and prayer.
Over 800 pupils are divided across four houses at St. Bernard’s. The houses – Annay, Clairvaux, Cîteaux and La Plaine – are named after monastic houses that all relate to the school’s history. The school is deemed ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and achieves excellent academic results.
11 Plus Exam Information for St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School
Address: St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School, 1 Langley Road, Slough SL3 7AF
Admissions Info: 01753 527 020
School Type: Co-Educational Grammar
Number of pupils: 841 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 120
Open Day Date: May and September
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM (Cambridge Assessment)
St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions
There are currently 120 Year 7 places available at St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School and admission is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. Admissions to St. Bernard’s are coordinated through the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools and parents must register online ahead of their child’s eleven plus exam date.
In cases of oversubscription, the school will adhere to the following criteria, in order of priority:
- Looked after children who are Catholic
- Practising Catholic children
- Catholic children
- All other looked after children
- Practising Orthodox children
- Orthodox children
- Children of Staff
- Practising Other Christian children
- Other Christian children
- Practising members of other faiths
- Members of other faiths
- Any other children
Parents should note that the school’s Governing Body will give priority to baptised Roman Catholic children who have a written reference from their Roman Catholic priest. For more details on St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School’s admission criteria, please consult its most recent admissions policy.
How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School
To apply for a Year 7 place at St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School, in the first instance, parents need to register their child with the Slough Consortium. Parents then need to complete a Common Application Form (CAF), which can be done online via the Slough County Council website.
As St. Bernard’s follows Slough Consortium’s schedule for Year 7 place allocation, parents are advised to consult the ‘Key Dates’ document to ensure their child is registered in time for the 11+ exam.
St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format
St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus exam consists of two papers, each lasting approximately 60-65 minutes. All schools within the Slough Consortium take the same papers, which cover a mix of questions that test Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning.
Parents will receive online results of their child’s eleven plus exam in October, before the deadline for submission of the CAF. All results are fully age standardised and this is the score parents will receive.
How to Prepare for the St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?
It’s likely that your child will have very little experience of sitting a formal examination, so they may have some nerves in the build-up to the 11+. With this in mind, it’s important to put a good study plan in place well ahead of exam day to keep any anxiety to a minimum. Try not to leave your child’s 11 Plus preparation until the last minute; set aside time every day for your child to revise. Research has shown that just 20 minutes of focused revision every day can make a difference to a child’s understanding of subjects and key concepts.
We would also recommend introducing practice exam papers into your child’s study routine early on, as these will give your child a clearer idea of the style of the exam. Encourage your child to take these practice papers under timed conditions in order to get them used to answering questions quickly. Creating a ‘mock exam’ environment will be excellent practice for the actual exam at St. Bernard’s.
Practice Exam Papers for the St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11 Plus Exam
The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the St. Bernard’s Grammar School eleven plus exam:
Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section
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. 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+ St. Bernard’s exam.
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.
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 CEM 11+ St. Bernard’s exam.
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, 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.
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.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ St. Bernard’s exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction, Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction and Pack 3 focuses on poetry.
This pack focuses on improving inference skills via a series of creative and unusual exercises. Inference skills will be tested in the comprehension section of the CEM 11+ exam.
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 St. Bernard’s 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
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
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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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 11+ past papers. The information provided about St. Bernard’s Catholic 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.