Beths Grammar School

Beths Grammar School

About Beths Grammar School

Beths Grammar School is a selective boys' academy in the south-east London Borough of Bexley. It strives to offer an 'exciting, purposeful, vibrant and thriving community that challenges and supports students in fulfilling their academic potential'.

With a specialism in modern languages, the school offers Mandarin Chinese lessons as well as French, German and Spanish. Purpose-built labs allow students access to state-of-the-art facilities for electronics, graphics, product design and coding. Beths Grammar was rated Good in its 2022 Ofsted inspection.

  • Address: Hartford Road, Bexley, DA5 1NE
  • Local authority: London Borough of Bexley
  • School type: boys' grammar
  • Headteacher: Richard Blyghton
  • Number of pupils: 1,363
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 152
  • A level results: 70% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 70% 9/8/7

Beths Grammar School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Beths Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 22nd December 2023
  • Half term: 21st October – 5th November 2023
  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 10th–18th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 24th July 2024
  • Half term: 25th May – 2nd June 2024

How to apply to Beths Grammar School

Beths Grammar School shares an entrance test with the three other schools in the London Borough of Bexley (Bexley Grammar, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar, and Townley Grammar). This means that your child only needs to take one exam – known as the Bexley Selection Test – to apply for these schools.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

While your child is in Year 5, register them to take the Bexley Selection Test on the council website. Registration opens in early May each year and closes at the end of June.

If you are considering schools outside Bexley, such as grammar schools in Kent, remember to register for their 11-plus exams too.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your child's results by 17th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Beths Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, how close you live to a school is an important factor in whether your child is likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Beths Grammar School 11 plus?

What's on the Beths Grammar School 11 plus exam?

The 11 plus exam for Beths Grammar School (the Bexley Selection Test) will take place during the week of 11th September 2023. Your child will be assigned a test slot on one day during this week.

It consists of two papers, which include questions in four subject areas:

  • English comprehension
  • Maths
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

In April 2023, Bexley Council announced they're changing their 11 plus provider from CEM to GL Assessment.

Learn more and get free preparation resources in our full guide to the Bexley Selection Test:

What is the pass mark for Beths Grammar School?

There is no specified pass mark for Beths Grammar School. After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across both papers. These total scores are ranked in order and the 180 highest-scoring children are eligible to be considered for a place.

As a result, the cut-off score varies from year to year and is only decided after the tests have been marked. Historically, the lowest mark at which a student has been offered a place at Beths Grammar School is 214.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Beths Grammar School admission criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 192. When there are more eligible applicants than there are places available, places are allocated in this order:

1. Looked-After or previously Looked-After Children.

2. Boys who have achieved the highest 180 scores in the Selection Test.

3. Boys who have a sibling at the school.

4. Boys who have a parent employed by the school on a permanent contract.

5. Up to 12 places for boys who get free school meals, in order of how close they live to the school.

6. Boys who live closest to the school, measured as a straight line distance between the child's home address to Beths Grammar School's east entrance on Hartford Road. Selection Test scores are used as a tie-breaker when the distance is identical.

7. Boys who have passed a grammar school test in Kent or another authority that borders Bexley.

Beths Grammar School catchment area

There is no catchment area for Beths Grammar School. The highest-scoring 180 boys are offered a place at the school regardless of how far they live from it.

Under criteria 6 (above), in recent years, the furthest address from the school at which a child was offered a place was:

  • 2022: 6.07 miles
  • 2021: 10.9 miles
  • 2020: 7.8 miles

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Hartford Road Bexley Kent DA5 1NE
Phone 01322556538
Region bexley


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Boys


Allocation Day 3/1/2024
Test Results Day 7/10/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023
Registration 15/5/2023 - 30/6/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 192
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised Yes
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Beths Grammar School

  • Does my son need to sit an entrance test?
    Yes, students eligible for a place at the School are required to sit the Bexley 11+ Secondary Selection Test and been deemed selective in this.
  • When are the Bexley tests sat and what do they consist of?
    They will be sat during the week commencing 11 September 2023 for entry in September 2024. Bexley Local Authority notify parents about the dates and, if you are an out of borough resident, which test centre your child will sit the test at. There are two test papers with a mixture of questions in each, covering verbal ability and comprehension, numerical ability and non-verbal reasoning. Children sit both test papers on the same morning or afternoon with a short break in between.
  • I think I’ve missed the deadline to apply for the tests?
    Bexley Local Authority can help with any queries that you have. Please visit their website at and go to the Education and Learning section. Here you will find details regarding the tests and what to do if you are applying after the deadline. Alternatively, you can contact the Admissions, Grants and Awards team by phone on 020 8303 7777.
  • My son has passed the Kent test but not the Bexley test, does this still make him eligible to apply for Beths Grammar School?
    Yes. Our Admission Criteria for 2023 entry (oversubscription criteria 8) now offers those who have passed the Kent 11+ test but not the Bexley test the chance to attend Beths Grammar School. We will exhaust all those applying to Beths under Criteria 1-7 first (i.e. those that are selective in the Bexley 11+ test) then move onto those selective in the Kent 11+ test if spaces are available.
  • When are the results of the tests available?
    The Bexley 11+ results will be sent out via Bexley Local Authority on Tuesday 17th October 2023.
  • When can I visit the School?
    We have a selection of Open Events for entry in September 2024 on our website. These events will be on a ticketed booking system and restricted to 40 families per session. Please see the booking page for further details.
  • When does my Common Application Form need to be returned?
    The final closing date for common application forms is 31 October 2023 for entry in September 2024. Please note that if you are living outside of Bexley, the date which your form needs to be returned may be different.