Berkshire Grammar Schools

Entry is decided by examination only (in catchment and external candidate policies apply). Application forms are available online.

Applications are made from May onwards and examinations take place in in early September at the grammar schools.

Information can be obtained from Slough Borough Council about the four grammar schools in Slough. Langley Grammar School, Herschel Grammar School, Upton Court Grammar School and St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School can also be contacted directly.

The examination for Langley, Herschel, Upton Court and St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar Schools (Slough Consortium) comprises sitting two GL Assessment 11+ papers (45-50 minutes each) on the same day. The papers consist of Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English.

  • The pass marks are: Hershel – 111 (entry 114 upwards); St Bernard’s – 111 (Catholics given preference), Upton Court – 111 upwards and Langley 117-119 (varies from year to year)
  • Each paper is given equal weighting
  • If children sit for the Slough Consortium 11+ examination, it counts across all four schools

Kendrick Girls and Reading Boys have separate examination arrangements.

The Kendrick Girls’ examination also involves two GL Assessment 11+ papers of 45-50 minutes each, comprising Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and Mathematics. The school operates a designated area as part of their respective over-subscription criteria. The marks are calibrated out of 141 and only children who are scoring above 85% and are in their catchment have a likelihood of success.

The Reading Boys’ examination involves English (with Creative Writing) and Mathematics.  As these tests have extra requirements it is advisable for children to also take the summer English course and the summer Advanced Maths course.  This can also be useful for improving scores for Kendrick Girls which also requires a very high pass mark.

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