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Academic Results and 11+

It is our aim to ensure that children leave CPS at 11 or 13 with at least one year’s academic advantage over national expectations for children of similar age. In practice many children achieve a greater advantage than this while the least able children in the year will be just about meeting the expected levels of achievement for their age. Children sit entrance tests for a wide number of local independent schools and many sit the Bucks Grammar School selection tests at 11+. We achieve this without becoming anything like a “hot house”.

Approximately half the year group qualify for Grammar School but not all these children will in fact take up their places. Some children transfer to independent schools at 11+ while others transfer at 13+ via Common Entrance. Most children receive an offer from the parents’ first choice independent school at 11+ and at 13+. This is because the school has been carefully chosen to provide the most appropriate academic environment for each child.

As a school we ceased to administer the Key Stage SATs at 7+ and 11+ in 2008. Over the course of a pupil’s career at Chesham Prep School a comprehensive range of formative and summative assessment is used to plot progress and to inform teachers’ planning.   At transfer to secondary school at 11+, 12+ or 13+, we are able to provide teacher assessed National Curriculum levels of achievement.

11+ Results

Parents choose whether to enter their children for the Bucks 11+ tests. Please see the table below for our recent results.  Not all children who qualify for a Grammar School place go on to take up their place, some children remain in the independent sector.

Pupils in year (sat test)61 (42)44 (29)59 (44)60 (43)59 (45)58 (46)59 (46)60 (50)
% who passed the test62%72%64%70%71%76%65%76%
% in Year Group43%48%47%50%54%60%47%63%


Chesham Preparatory School
Open Days 22nd and 25th September

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our wonderful school on either Wednesday 22nd or Saturday 25th September.  There will be tours of the school and the opportunity to speak to our class teachers and specialist teachers as you go round.

“This is a real community school that lives up to its promise of making learning fun, and the results speak for themselves.” The Good Schools Guide 2020/21.

Huge heartfelt thanks for the brilliant remote provision this week and delivering superb teaching in, yet again, a very challenging situation.  A Parent.

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