|Berkshire Grammar Schools|
Entry is decided by examination only, so external candidates can sit for a place. Schools will usually request parents come to their open evenings where application forms are available (They prefer not to post). Applications to some schools can now be made on-line. Applications are made from June to early September. Examinations take place between September and November.
Information can be obtained from Slough Borough Council about the four grammar schools in Slough. Langley, Herschel, Slough and St Bernard's Catholic Grammar can also be contacted directly. The examination for Langley, Slough, Herschel and St. Bernard's Catholic Grammar (Slough Consortium) comprises Verbal Reasoning (50 mins) and Non-verbal Reasoning (50 mins) NFER multiple-choice papers. The pass marks are: Hershel - 111; St Bernard's - 111 (Catholics given preference) and Langley 117-119 (varies from year to year). The examination is sat on the first Thursday in November for children within catchment (in their own schools) and on the following Saturday for children out of catchment (at their nominated school).
The highest score score achievable is 141 and scores are calculated as an average across the papers. Each paper is given equal weighting.
The Kendrick Girls' examination involves standard NFER papers in Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning. Reading Boys' School involves Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning or Non-verbal Reasoning (decided on the day) and English. Distance from the schools is taken into account as an entry requirement. The highest scoring pupils compete for a limited number of places.