Wycombe High School 11 Plus (11+) Secondary Transfer Test Information



Founded in 1901, Wycombe High School is an all-girls’ grammar school located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. It was the first state grammar school for girls in the area and now has more than 1,300 girls on the school roll. It became an academy in 2011 and admission to the school is determined by pupil performance in the Secondary Transfer Test.


The school offers its students a range of facilities, including a music centre and large library. Pupils are split across six houses, named after influential females:  Austen, Brontë, Curie, Parks, Pankhurst and Nightingale.


Secondary Transfer Test Information for Wycombe High School


Address: Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe HP11 1TB

County: Buckinghamshire

Admissions Info: office@whs.bucks.sch.uk, 01494 523961

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,296 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 180 (approx.)

Open Day Date: July, September

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


Wycombe High School Year 7 Admissions


Wycombe High School is part of the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Consortium. From 2018, Year 7 entry is determined by pupil performance in the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test. The test is produced by GL Assessment and administered by Buckinghamshire County Council as part of its coordinated admissions scheme.


All applications for Year 7 places are handled by the local authority. Full details of Wycombe High School’s admissions process can be found on Buckinghamshire County Council’s website, and via the school website. The school’s admissions team can answer any further enquiries about the Secondary Transfer Test by email at admissions@whs.bucks.sch.uk, or by phone, on 01494 523961.


Parents are encouraged to visit Wycombe High School before applying for a Year 7 place. The school hosts open events, which usually take place in July and September. At these events, parents and prospective pupils will be able to talk to school staff members and current pupils. Find out more about Wycombe High School’s open events, here.


In cases where there are more applicants than available Year 7 places at Wycombe High School, the following oversubscription criteria is applied, giving priority to:


  1. Looked after, or previously looked after girls
  2. Girls living in the catchment area of the school
  3. Girls who have a sister that attends the school
  4. Girls who have a sister attending another secondary school in the Wycombe High School Academies Trust
  5. Girls eligible for Free School Meals
  6. Daughter/s of a member of Wycombe High School staff
  7. Girls that live closest to the school


A waiting list will be maintained from 1 January to 31 August by Wycombe High School itself for Year 7 admissions.


How to Apply for Year 7 Entry to Wycombe High School via the 11+ Exam


Girls who attend a Buckinghamshire primary school will be automatically registered to sit the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test for Year 7 entry. Parents of students who live outside of the school’s catchment area can find details of how to register on the Buckinghamshire County Council website before registration opens.


Parents will receive eleven plus exam test results before the end of October and must submit secondary school applications at this point. For students who live outside of the catchment area, more information on how to apply via local authorities can be found on the registration portal.


Parents who require information about the application process for Wycombe High School should contact Buckinghamshire County Council directly, using this Admissions Team Contact Form.


Wycombe High School Catchment Area


Does Wycombe High School have a catchment area?


Yes, Wycombe High School does have a catchment area, split into two sections. Pupils from Catchment Area A have priority over pupils from Catchment Area B.


Wycombe High School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Wycombe High School Secondary Transfer Test at 11+ consists of two test papers:


  1. Comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning questions
  2. Non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions


Both tests are multiple choice and are answered on a separate answer sheet. Each correct answer is worth one raw mark and both tests last for approximately 45 minutes. The verbal skills section is weighted at 50%, with the non-verbal and maths sections each weighted at 25%.


The 11 plus exam at Wycombe High School is taken by students in September of Year 6. All children take the test on the same day whether they are within the Buckinghamshire catchment area or not. Both tests are fully age standardised to ensure that no students have an advantage based on their age.


The Secondary Transfer Test does not have a pass mark but does have a qualifying score of 121 or above. Students must meet this score in order to be considered for a Year 7 place. Please note that achieving the Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS), does not guarantee a place at the school. Each grammar school in Buckinghamshire sets its own additional admissions criteria.


Students will have the opportunity to take a practice 11 plus test two days before the Secondary Transfer Test. This aims to give students the experience of exam conditions and to help familiarise them with the layout of the eleven plus test.


For more information on the Secondary Transfer Test, please see the Buckinghamshire County Council website.


How to Prepare for the Wycombe High School 11 Plus Exam?


The first step towards preparing for the Wycombe High School Secondary Transfer Test is to be organised. In the first instance, parents should aim to create an in-depth study timetable with their child that covers all the required subjects. We would recommend starting 11 Plus exam revision a few months ahead of the actual exam.


Our practice tests help children to prepare for grammar school admission exams, including the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test at Wycombe High School. Not only do these practice papers allow students to become more familiar with the types of questions they could be asked, but they also allow parents to see where their child’s strengths and weaknesses lie.


Exam Practice Papers for the Wycombe High School 11 Plus Exam


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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Wycombe High School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Wycombe High 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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