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Upton Court Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Grammar School

Founded in 1912, Upton Court Grammar School is a co-educational selective school that achieved academy status in 2011. Previously known as Slough Grammar, it has specialisms in languages and science and is based in Slough, Berkshire. Over 1,000 students from a range of backgrounds are taught a varied curriculum, while the school invests in their overall wellbeing.

 

The school encourages its pupils to be creative, offering a variety of co-curricular activities such as music, drama and arts across the school year.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Upton Court Grammar School

 

Address: Upton Court Grammar School, Lascelles Road, Slough, SL3 7PR

County: Berkshire

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01753 522892

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,027 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 165

Open Day Date: May

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)

 

Upton Court Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions

 

Upton Court Grammar has 165 Year 7 places available and admission is determined by pupil performance in the 11+ exam. The school hosts an information evening in May where parents can learn more about the school’s admissions process.

 

Admissions to Upton Court Grammar School are coordinated through the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools. Parents must register online ahead of their child’s eleven plus exam date.

 

In cases of oversubscription, the school uses the following criteria, giving priority to:

 

  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, children
  2. Children eligible for Pupil Premium (up to 15 places)
  3. Children with parents who have worked at the school for two years or more
  4. Children attending the designated feeder schools
  5. Children in rank order of performance in the 11+ tests (120 places)
  6. Children within the closest proximity to the school

 

For more details about Upton Court’s feeder schools and further information about its admission criteria, visit the school’s website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Upton Court Grammar School

 

To apply for a Year 7 place at Upton Court Grammar School, parents must first register their child with the Slough Consortium. Next, parents should complete a Common Application Form (CAF); this can be done online via Slough County Council.

 

As the school follows Slough Consortium’s schedule for Year 7 place allocation, parents are advised to consult this key dates document to ensure their child is registered in time for the eleven plus exam.

 

Upton Court Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The Upton Court Grammar School 11 Plus exam consists of two individual papers, each lasting approximately 60-65 minutes. The papers across all schools in the Slough Consortium are the same and cover a mixture of questions that test Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning.

 

Parents will receive the results of their child’s eleven plus exam online 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 Upton Court Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?

 

At Exam Papers Plus, we always advise starting 11 Plus preparation early. The sooner children begin a regular study routine, the more time they will have to get used to the types of questions that may be asked in the exam.

 

A ‘little but often’ approach usually works best when it comes to studying for the tests. By breaking down revision into small chunks, students can ensure that all the exam subjects are covered.

 

Practice exam papers are a great way to help children get used to the exam layout and the allocated times that they have for each paper. Parents should introduce practice papers early into their child’s revision in order to monitor their improvement as their studying progresses.

 

As exam day approaches, parents should encourage their child to complete timed practice papers to help improve their time management skills and get them used to answering questions to a deadline.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Upton Court Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

 

We have several eleven plus practice papers that can help students prepare for the Upton Court Grammar School 11 Plus exam. We would specifically recommend the following:

 

Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section

 

11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (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+ Upton Court exam.

 

11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

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+ Upton Court exam.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Associations (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Adjectives (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Definitions (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Upton Court exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.

 

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 1 – Words

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 2 – Sentences

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.

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Upton Court 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

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

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

 

11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

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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The information provided about Upton Court 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.

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