Chesham Grammar 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, Bushey, Gerrards 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 Chesham Grammar 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.

  • I am delighted to report that Ruby passed her 11+ exam and will be applying to attend Chesham Grammar School in September 2019. Ruby is very keen that Sarah should know and on a personal level we would love to drop in a little thank you to Sarah if possible. Many thanks from us all for helping Ruby realise her potential and giving her the confidence she needed. Sarah always believed in her and it made all the difference to the outcome!

    Year 5 parent, Great Missenden (2018)


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 Chesham Grammar 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

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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

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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.

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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

  • Our son used go to tuition in Amersham and he passed with a staggering 131 thank you soo much for your help good luck with students in the future.

    Year 5 parent, Chesham (2017)

  • He has become more confident since starting the extra practice sessions with Anne and has moved up a few levels in maths at school. That has boosted his confidence.

    Year 5 parent, Chesham (2015)

  • He got 123 which is think is a pass! We are slightly out of catchment but we have our Chesham grammar as number 1 choice and will see what happens Thanks for his lovely lessons with Sarah.

    Year 6 parent, Chorleywood (2019)

  • Lily passed with a score of 129 and has applied to attend Chesham Grammar School. Obviously we were and are delighted. Lily worked very hard during the last year to achieve a pass and I hope this has taught her a valuable lesson at a young age – that hard work normally pays dividends. Lily is very happy and we feel sure that she will thrive at Grammar School. I will be recommending Marie Redmond based upon our experiences. I would like to convey that I have found Sarah to be an excellent tutor. A good deal of Lily’s success is as a direct result of Sarah’s thoughtful and positive tuition. Thank you again for your support. Oscar is currently in Year 3 and we expect him to be attending Marie Redmond Tuition in 2019.

    Year 5 parent, Amersham (2017)

  • Hi Marie, we are pleased that she passed the 11+ and will be going to join her sister at Chesham Grammar School next year. She got 125.  Thank you for the work you and your staff put in to help her get there.  I recommended you to my friend a while back, and I believe she has enrolled her daughter with you.

    Year 6 parent, Amersham (2021)

  • Both of my children have enjoyed Marie Redmond tuition and both have passed comfortably the 11 + exam. Thank you so much for your help.

    Year 6 parent, Chesham (2019)

  • She got 126 so we have already applied for Buckinghamshire Grammar schools. Thank you for teaching her.

    Year 6 parent, Chesham (2021)

  • Quick note. He passed with 127 so we are very pleased he did well across the board and will be going to Chesham Grammar School with his elder brother. Phew. Thank you. Please let Sarah know. Cheers.

    Year 6 parent, Great Missenden (2020)

  • Aayan really enjoyed his first lesson - his words 'I loved it!'. Let's hope the enthusiasm continues, I look forward to receiving some feedback from you as he progresses through the term.

    Year 5 parent, Chesham (2022)

  • We were impressed with what your classes did for her last year in the summer term and in the summer school weeks (she scored 129 and is going to Chesham Grammar in September).

    Year 6 parent, Amersham (2020)

  • She passed her exam and got a score of 142. Thanks for the help in tuition the last two years and we will see u again when my little one do the exam.

    Year 5 parent, Chesham (2017)

  • Thank you for the results. The girls really enjoyed the week and I am very pleased how they are coming along. They have both certainly improved over the year.

    Year 5 parent, Chesham (2018)

  • Sofia is enjoying Year 6 and looking forward to the PGL trip in May (highlight for year 6). Sofia passed the 11 plus, she is very pleased and we are very proud of her! We would like to thank you and Sarah for all your hard work.

    Year 6 parent, Chesham (2019)

  • Just a quick note to say he passed the 11 plus today. Please pass on my gratitude to his tutors and the structured, yet flexible organisation you run.

    Year 5 parent, Chesham (2017)

  • Hi Marie, just to let you know Isabel got through her 11 Plus with flying colours! She is so pleased after all her hard work. Thank you so much for all your help with her maths.

    Year 5 parent, Chesham (2013)

  • Jon is enjoying his sessions thoroughly and is looking forward to continuing them next year too.

    Year 4 parent, Chesham (2017)

  • Eleanor passed the exam and is now hoping to go to Chesham Grammar.

    Year 5 parent, Amersham (2015)

  • Hope all well and I am sure you are readying for the next set of students! Ruby started CGS this morning and set off with high excitement and trepidation on the school bus earlier today! A huge thank you to you and Sarah again for playing such a key part in helping her to fulfil her ambition to attend.

    Year 7 parent, Great Missenden (2019)

  • Happily and proudly, I can report he passed the 11+. Doing best in maths and had chosen Chesham Grammar as 1st choice as it’s closest to our home. Please pass on thanks to Leanne. We have our daughter (currently yr4 next)!

    Year 6 parent, Bellingdon (2021)

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