The Secondary Transfer Test (also called the 11+ or Eleven Plus) is an examination taken by some school pupils in their last year of primary school to get into a grammar school of their choice. In reality most children will only be 10 years old when they take the test – the term “11 Plus” refers to the fact that the test selects for schools with an entry point for children aged 11 or over.
Buckinghamshire operates an “opt out” system for the 11+, whereby children at Bucks state primary schools are automatically entered for the test unless their parents actively withdraw them from taking it. Approximately 30% of children in Bucks qualify for a grammar school place each year, and around a further 5% are deemed qualified after a successful Review or Appeal against non-qualification.
It is easy to begin to believe that every parent seeking a grammar school place began to prepare or tutor their child for the 11 Plus almost from birth. That is simply not the case! The great majority of parents or professional tutors will only begin to prepare for the 11+ in either September or January of Year 5.
There are aspects of your child’s knowledge that you can work on before then, simply to ensure that they have a good command of the basics. Such “preparation” is merely work that can supplement your child’s current schooling. You can indulge in quality time by reading with your child instead.