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Sir William Borlase School

Sir William Borlase School

Established in 1624, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is a co-educational institution catering to students aged 11 to 18. Located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, the school is widely esteemed for its commitment to providing a comprehensive and varied curriculum, along with an extensive extracurricular program.

At Borlase, students encounter a robust syllabus designed to prepare them for scientific innovation, political and philosophical discussions, engineering, and more. The school advocates for students to embrace every opportunity, both within and outside the classroom. This philosophy extends to the extracurricular program, offering a plethora of activities, sports, and clubs. Students can hone their athletic abilities in hockey, rowing, netball, and football, or explore artistic pursuits like drama, creative writing, jazz ensembles, and dance.

Borlase instills a passion for learning across all subjects and strives to support each student in reaching their full potential academically and personally. Guided by the motto "Te Digna Sequere" (Follow things Worthy), the school underscores its commitment to creating responsible and deserving individuals. Additionally, the school actively participates in various local, national, and international charitable causes.

With an "Outstanding" rating from Ofsted, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School consistently achieves excellent results in GCSE and A-level exams, highlighting the institution's dedication and strong work ethic.

County / Area:
Mixed Grammar

Admission priority at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is determined by the location and proximity of candidates to the school, encompassing a defined catchment area.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
Roughly 30% achieve the qualifying score, and placements are subsequently allocated based on proximity to the school gate.
Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, West Street, Marlow, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
GL Assessment
Paper 1 : Comprehension, Technical English and Verbal Reasoning
Paper 2 : Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Mathematics

GL Assessment is the designated exam board for the 11+ Test in Buckinghamshire. The Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test consists of two papers evaluating:

1. Comprehension, technical English, and Verbal Reasoning

2. Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning, and Mathematics

Each test paper has a duration of approximately 45 minutes, and all questions are presented in a multiple-choice format. The 11+ Secondary Transfer Test is structured with the following weightings:

- Verbal Ability – 50%

- Non-Verbal Ability – 25%

- Numerical Ability – 25%

Responses to all questions are recorded on a separate answer sheet, with each correct answer earning one raw age-standardized mark.

Exam Date:
Registration Starts:
Registration Closes:
September 2024
May 2024
June 2024

For students enrolled in Buckinghamshire state-funded primary schools, a letter will be dispatched to inform parents about the process of accessing their child's results.


For children attending schools outside the county and Partner schools, results will be delivered via email.

How to prepare:

We run specialist 11+ online courses focussing on the STT Paper 1: (Comprehension, Technical English and Verbal Reasoning) and Paper 2: (Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Mathematics). The sessions are online and highly interactive. Speak to us about how we can help your child.

Mock Exams: Our mock exams are designed to reflect the real exam in complexity and format. Click here to view the mock exam schedule.

Practice Papers: Practice packs designed to help your child master the entire syllabus.

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