Boston Grammar School

Boston Grammar School

About Boston Grammar School

Boston Grammar School is a partially-selective state school for girls aged 11 to 18 in Reading, Berkshire. The school is focused on developing thoughtful and mindful citizens and celebrates its multicultural student body, consisting of 17 different ethnic groups and over 50 spoken languages.

Students at Boston Grammar School receive high-quality teaching that helps them transfer their academic knowledge and skills between different contexts. Once a fortnight, students in Years 7 and 8 have a day dedicated entirely to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), with past activities including visits to the University of Reading, a project management challenge with Fujitsu, and a workshop with the InterClimate Network.

Ofsted has rated Boston Grammar School as 'good', with 'outstanding' behaviour and attitudes, and leadership and management. Ofsted reported that "pupils treat each other with kindness and care" and that they are "keen to raise awareness of different issues that affect their friends as well as making a difference in their local community".

Boston Grammar School term dates

The term dates at Boston Grammar School for 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 19th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–31st October 2023
  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Boston Grammar School

Boston Grammar School is a partially-selective school. This means a small proportion of the year group will be allocated places based on academic criteria and will go on to study the selective stream at the school. This provides a more intensive academic education designed to enable intelligent and adaptable girls to progress through the national curriculum and achieve the highest exam grades possible.

Girls applying for a place on the selective stream will take the 11 plus exam, known at Boston Grammar School as the selective stream test, in Year 6.

1. Register for the test

If you would like your daughter to be considered for a place on the selective stream, you will need to register for the exam via the school website. Registration opens in April 2023 and you will be sent an invitation letter to the exam after 12th September.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your child's results in mid-October 2023, indicating whether your daughter is eligible for a place on the selective stream. You can use these results to decide whether to name Boston Grammar School as one of your preferred schools on your common application form.

Before listing the school as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. Passing the exam will not be a guarantee of a place as more children reach the qualifying standard each year than there are places available.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023. The form must be completed for your home local authority – i.e. if Reading Borough Council is your local authority, you will need to complete the common application form on the Reading Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.

What's on the Boston Grammar School 11 plus?

Girls applying for a selective place at Boston Grammar School will take the CEM Select assessment on Saturday 14th October 2023. This is an online test which takes about an hour to complete and consists entirely of multiple-choice questions.

Students will be tested in English comprehension, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths. There are six sections in the test:

  1. Comprehension
  2. Anagrams
  3. Missing words
  4. Shuffled sentences
  5. General maths
  6. Pictures

Find out more about CEM Select and download free practice questions in our comprehensive guide:

What is the pass mark for Boston Grammar School?

Your daughter's scores in the CEM Select test will be age-standardised, resulting in a score which takes into account how well she has performed on the test and her date of birth at the time of the exam.

All candidates' standardised scores will then be put in rank order. There is no specific pass mark for the selective stream at Boston Grammar School; the girls with the highest ranked scores will be most eligible for a place.

Boston Grammar School admission criteria

There are 180 places available in Year 7 at Boston Grammar School, of which up to 42 places can be allocated based on academic ability. All children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will automatically be allocated a place. If the number of children who have applied for the school exceeds the number of places available, the school will apply over subscription criteria:

1. Looked after and previously looked after children

2. Up to 42 places are available for girls who have performed well in the selective stream test

3. Children who have a specific social or medical need for attending Boston Grammar School

4. Girls who have siblings at the school

5. Girls who live nearest the school, measured in a straight line distance between their home and the school address

6. Daughters of staff at Boston Grammar School

7. Girls who attend the feeder primary school, Battle Primary Academy
There is no designated catchment area for 
Boston Grammar School.

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Rowley Road Boston PE21 6JE
Phone 01205366444
Region Lincolnshire


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Boys


Registration 6/1/2023 - 31/3/2023
Academic Exam 23/9/2023 Test 2 - non verbal reasoning
Test Results Day 13/10/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024

Academic Selection

Number of Places 120
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised No
Total Number of Exams 2
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 Boston Grammar School

  • How can I ensure my child gets into the best school possible?
    We know that preparing for the exam can be a major focus in your child’s education and we are here to support you throughout that journey. We do not believe in simply ‘teaching to a test’, which is why we offer individualised courses and specialist courses that complement your child’s education in the run up to and beyond the exam. Working in small groups and independently our members grow in confidence and develop exam techniques to prepare them for the day of the exam and beyond. Our unique approach not only uses the most up-to-date resources, our engaging and motivational tutors will guide and support your child every step of the way, whilst providing clear and honest feedback about your child’s progress.
  • Is my child guaranteed to pass?
    11 Plus exams are highly competitive and selective exams so we cannot guarantee that your child will pass. What we can ensure is that your child is given the opportunity to do their very best with the knowledge, confidence and understanding of the exam they are going to sit. We work really hard to bring enjoyment to their experience and send your child away with a fearless approach to learning.
  • From what age can my child start 11 Plus tuition?
    Children can join our 11 Plus programmes at any time. Our foundation course starts for children in Year 3 focusing on building concrete maths and English skills. For children in Year 4 our course introduces exam content and problem solving skills that they will face in entrance exams. Once children are in Year 5 we develop advanced knowledge, speed and accuracy to achieve exam success.