Aylesbury High School

Stay ahead with exclusive tips on the Buckinghamshire 11+ exam for Aylesbury High School

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With a proven track record in preparing pupils for the 11 Plus, Marie Redmond MEd and her team of exceptional, fully qualified and experienced primary teachers (not 'tutors') provide specialist tuition focused on your child’s individual learning needs.

Our unique 11 Plus tuition courses in Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, BusheyGerrards Cross, High Wycombe, Langley, Maidenhead, Reading (Winnersh, Wokingham) and Stoke Poges are structured to give children the confidence they need to sit and pass exams in a friendly, stress-free environment.

Introduction to the Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11 Plus)

To apply for a place at a Buckinghamshire grammar school (including Aylesbury High School), your child will need to pass the Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (11 Plus exam). The Buckinghamshire test is provided by GL Assessment and the pass mark is 121. Children born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 will take the exam on Thursday 12th September 2024 to secure a Buckinghamshire grammar place for September 2025.


What does the Bucks 11 Plus include?

The GL exam consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each approximately 60 minutes in duration and testing three areas – verbal, mathematical and non-verbal reasoning skills. The first paper tests verbal skills, including comprehension, English technical and verbal reasoning. The second paper tests non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths. All questions on both papers are multiple choice and pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet.

What does the Bucks 11 Plus look like?

A Familiarisation booklet, produced by GL Assessment, contains information about the content of the tests, some advice about taking the tests and a few sample questions. You can see the most recent booklet here >

You can also find example papers on the website of GL Assessment.

How do I register my child for the Bucks 11 Plus Transfer Test?
  • You do not need to register your child if they attend a Buckinghamshire Local Authority primary school.
  • If your child goes to a Partner School (or an independent school in Buckinghamshire that is not classed as a ‘Partner School), or a school in another Local Authority area, you will need to register on the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Testing Registration Form.
  • Registration for the 2024 exam (for children who attend partner schools and out of county schools), opened at 10am on Friday 3rd May 2024 and will close at 3pm on Friday 14th June 2024.
  • For more information about the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus, visit the Buckinghamshire Council website or The Buckingamshire Grammar Schools. You can also contact the Buckinghamshire Council Admissions team here.

What is required to pass the Bucks 11 Plus and help secure a place at Aylesbury High School?

Verbal skills, i.e. English and Verbal Reasoning (50% of the mark)

  • Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

Mathematical skills (25% of the mark)

  • Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
  • Mental maths development
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Extracting information from graphs and tables
  • Averages
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Area and volume
  • 2d and 3d shapes

Non-verbal skills (25% of the mark)

  • Spatial awareness
  • Logical deduction skills
  • Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
  • Identifying relationships, similarities and differences between figures
  • Identifying sequences between shapes

11+ Mock Exams With Marie Redmond 11+ Intelligent Video Learning®

GL 11 Plus mock examsGet exam ready with Marie Redmond Tuition® GL Assessment-style Buckinghamshire 11 Plus Mock Exams. Students who sat our Buckinghamshire mock exams in 2023 said they were very similar to the actual test, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.

Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Resources

A range of Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Books are provided exclusively to students on our term time and holiday courses.Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Flashcards packaging Using the knowledge gained during her eleven years of preparing students for the 11+ and independent school entrance exams, Marie Redmond MEd has written a number of verbal reasoning, English and maths books. Additionally, a range of verbal reasoning holiday course books are provided exclusively to students attending our Year 5 11+ Easter and 11+ summer holiday courses.

Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11 Plus Flash Cards are given to all our term time students when they join, to supercharge their vocabulary skills.

Our Range of Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Books for Year 5 Courses

Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Verbal Reasoning and Maths Books

Our Range of Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Books for Year 4 Courses

Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Year 4 Books

Data-Led Approach With SuccessTrack® by Marie Redmond

Our term time students are assessed twice during each team – at half term and at the end of term. Based on the outcome of their initial assessment, we will create a tuition plan that sets their individual targets for each area they are preparing for (e.g. verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning). All lessons throughout the course are then designed to develop these areas. We continually monitor our student's progress; this means that we can check they’ve achieved their individual targets and revise their tuition plan to ensure that it suits their needs and challenges. Parents are always welcome to get in touch with us at any time during your child’s tuition, to gain feedback on their development.

SuccessTrack® by Marie Redmond is our unique data-led service that allows parents to:

  • Track their child’s progress over the Year 4 and 5 term time courses - our charts visualise a students' performance in each area of the 11 Plus, using data from our regular assessments (2 per term).
  • See their child's overall score and how that compares to our recommended pass mark for each exam they are planning to sit.
  • View anonymously how their child's scores compares (for each topic area and at a total level) to the average of all children in their cohort.
  • View their child's termly tuition plan, created using data from their assessments.
  • Read the end of term student report from their child's teacher.

The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club

Marie Redmond Tuition Book ClubSharing our enjoyment of books is a fantastic way to encourage reading and therefore develop vocabulary and comprehension at home. The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club is an excellent platform for discussions about books, opportunities for creativity and promoting reading for pleasure. Discover our book of the month.

The Marie Redmond Tuition® Creative Writing Course

11+ Creative Writing Course for the Reading School entrance exam

Our virtual creative writing lessons take place weekly on Zoom and are particularly useful for boys preparing for the Reading School 11+ exam but are open to all our term time students.

Every week there is a focus which can include story settings, characters, openings, events / problems and resolutions. Students practise writing in a variety of formats such as stories, plays, newspaper articles and letters. They are taught to use a variety of literary techniques and we show them how to draft their work, as well as reviewing and editing.

For further information, including fees, term dates and FAQ's, please visit our creative writing course page.

Our courses are led by qualified primary teachers and prepare pupils for all aspects of the Buckinghamshire 11 Plus

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Feedback from parents

  • Just wanted to say Thank you again. William passed his 11plus and I really believe your course helped him. Many thanks

    Year 6 parent, Aylesbury (2021)

  • Thank you for sending this through. It is such a detailed report from Irene and a joy to read. Amelie really enjoyed her summer course and found it beneficial. I have read out Irene’s report to Amelie and she was pleased.In addition, thanks for also sending through the results of her mock exam. I really liked the breakdown of the results to see the areas we need to work on and the video explanations. It is really helpful. She did very well in some sections. Just a few more marks needed in others. Hopefully we can focus on the weaker areas to boost the marks a little for the main exam. She found it useful to practice under exam conditions and seeing the timings.

    Year 5 parent, Wendover (2023)

  • I would like to thank you and your teachers for all the hard work that was put in over the year. He enjoyed his time at his lessons. I would have no hesitation recommending your courses to anyone looking for 11+ tuition. Many thanks to everyone.

    Year 6 parent, Aylesbury (2021)

  • Our daughter studied with Marie Redmond from November last year and passed her 11+ exam this September. Due to Coronavirus we went for online tuitions, which was very convenient and just as good as face to face lessons. My daughter's teacher Anne was very professional, encouraging and helpful. We have had numerous books and exam materials posted to us by the staff, as well as small rewards and cards with encouraging words. During the summer we signed up for the intensive course and the mock exam, which was taught in Amersham. The whole experience was very positive. My daughter's confidence was boosted hugely and she felt very sure when she took the exam, which was the best mental state we could have wished for. She now enjoys her last year at primary school with reasonable ease because she has massively improved in maths. We can't thank M. E. T. enough for their excellent teaching, help and support. My son will be signing up in a few years time. Hopefully remote lessons will still be available as it's the best way in my opinion.

    Year 6 parent, Aylesbury (2021)

  • 'Rayan attends a local state primary school. He describes his school days as boring and he learns nothing. After an extensive search I found Marie Redmond. Luckily we were given a place for Rayan from Jan 2022. It’s a long drive for me during the weekend from Aylesbury to Stoke poges. However, within the last few months Rayan's knowledge has improved immensely. Rayan said he learns more at the tuition than at school. He is confident that he can face the 11 Plus. I am pleased that my long weekend journeys and coaching from Marie Redmond are worth every single penny we spend. I wish we knew about MR before when we were living in Northwest London for my oldest son. Absolutely a fantastic 11 Plus coaching institute.'[From Google Review. The location of the parent/child has been excluded as their full name is featured on Google]

    Year 5 parent, Location Confidential (2022)

  • I want to thank you for all your great work done for the 1st day. Girls just rang me to say all good about the class! Amaya & Anjana was so pleased today to meet beautiful Afsheen on their 1st day. Afsheen too seems to be well prepared to welcome & support not only the kids but also the parents. We came to Aylesbury for the education of my girl's and we are much delighted to find Marie's presence just cross the road at AHS. Thank you for having my girl's and appreciate all your support to fulfil our dream! Hope all goes well, and our support is there always to you.

    Year 5 parent, Aylesbury (2022)

  • She passed!  Please send a big thank you to her tutor Anne for her support. We will be back for my son's tuitions in a few years!

    Year 6 parent, Aylesbury (2021)

  • I am pleased to let you know that Aaron has passed his 11plus exam and has achieved a total mark of 171. I believe this would not have been possible without your tuition.

    Year 5 parent, Aylesbury (2014)

  • She got a score of 137, so we are all absolutely delighted (she cried bless her). Huge thanks to you and your team for tutoring her through the process. Whilst she is undoubtedly intelligent, she has a patchy record in exams and the tuition built her confidence to the point where it was not an issue. I will be in touch next summer as her sister is currently in year 4, and we would like her to be tutored by you also in preparation for the exam. Thanks again and see you next year.

    Year 6 parent, Aylesbury (2020)

  • Thank you for the second book club novel which arrived today. We wanted to say how enjoyable and motivating the activities are for Ali!

    Year 4 parent, Aylesbury (2021)

  • I just wanted to let you know that D has passed his 11+ exam for Buckinghamshire and as you can imagine, he is very happy. We will be applying for our local grammar school in Aylesbury. Thank you for all your support and I would also appreciate it if you could inform his teacher, Anne, about it as well.

    Year 5 parent, Aylesbury (2022)

  • Hi Marie, James scored 132! We are so happy I cannot tell you. Thank you so, so much.

    Year 5 parent, Aylesbury (2013)

  • Hi Marie, Misha really enjoyed her first lesson. She really liked her teacher and felt she explained things well. With thanks, Susie.

    Year 4 parent, Aylesbury (2023)

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