Reading School

Specific admissions and 11 plus exam information to help you to be successful with an 11 Plus application to Reading School. Use the information below to find our recommended 11 Plus books and papers that specifically relate to your application.

11 Plus Entry Information for Reading School

Reading School is broadly average in size with a large sixth form that takes some students from other schools. There are a small number of students who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, including specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Students from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages attend the school, although most are of White British heritage. The school has boarding provision for around 70 students. The school has been a specialist humanities college since 2005, and has added a second specialism in science in 2009.

County Berkshire
Address Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LW
Type Boys’ Grammar
Pupils 890
Places in Year 7 112
Open Days June/July/September
Reading School 11+ Resources Maths Resources        English Resources        Creative Writing Resources
Competition 5+ applicants for every place
Exam Format Maths, English and Creative Writing written by FSCE 
School Website

Reading School 11 Plus Exam Format

The 11 Plus Exam format for Reading School is written by FSCE (Future Stories Community Enterprise). The exam format is as follows.

Paper 1 35 minute long English paper. Includes three sections on, Spelling, Comprehension and Vocabulary.
Paper 2 40 minute long Mathematics paper. Includes two sections, the first section is multiple choice and the second section is free response.
Paper 3 40 minute long Creative Writing paper. Includes a 10 minute long planning section followed by 30 minutes of writing time

Reading School 11 Plus Exam Paper

Some publishers have access to the exam format and produce their own mirror papers which aim to replicate what an 11 Plus exam for Reading School might look like.

We understand that these publishers get the information from familiarisation packs sent to parents, teachers, local tutors and pupils who have sat the test. The tests can of course change at any time and these papers only aim to give a good idea of what to expect, however, they are very useful and most parents use them at some point.

The ones we would suggest are from Learning Street. They are of high quality and cheaper than any others we have seen. Direct links to the papers are below and Learning Street produce them as mock exams which is unique ( so you can run your own mock exam at home). Links to the papers are below:

Reading School ( FSCE) 11 Plus Mock Exam 1

Reading School ( FSCE) 11 Plus Mock Exam 2

Reading School ( FSCE) 11 Plus Mock Exam 3

Reading School ( FSCE) 11 Plus Mock Exam 4

Reading School ( FSCE) 11 Plus Mock Exam Papers Bundle ( packs 1-4)

How to prepare for the Reading School 11 Plus Exam

Essentially you have 4 options when it comes to helping your child to prepare.

1/ Some parents use a Private Tutor. If you want to start your search for a suitable one, we provide links to some Private tutors in Berkshire to help you. These can cost between £2500 and £6000 a year. For help thinking about which private tutor might be right for you see our guidance page.

2/ If you are thinking of preparing at home using books then our 11 Plus Exam papers and books section provides lots of links and advice to help you choose which books to use and what to focus on. Preparation plans are also provided. Using this method is great for those parents prepared to take a more hands on approach. The average parent using this method spends about £300 on books and papers during the final year of preparation.

3/ A great option is a structured course. These courses gradually build up skills so you can focus on helping your child with the work provided. The best supplier is Learning Street which helps you prepare your child from home, ranging in price from £12 to £89 ( full cost – not monthly cost) it is the cheapest method of preparation. To find out their course suggestions for Reading School 11 Plus preparation click the link.

4/  Online preparation. This is not something we recommend. Online solutions are growing more useful and reliable and for some aspects of preparation they can be useful but certainly not for all your preparation needs. They are also very expensive for what they provide with some coming in at £600- £1000 for a year depending on which options you select. For our rationale on why we believe online preparation is not a good solution yet click through to the page 11 Plus online preparation.

Reading School 11 Plus Exam – Further Help

This website has lots of information which can help you aside from the ones we have directed you to above:

If you are thinking about doing an 11 Plus Mock Exam, then we have a page with 11 Plus Mock Exams in Berkshire Reading.

We have all sorts of pages related to preparing for the exam and getting ready for the exam day itself including:

Top Ten 11 plus Preparation Tips

Last Minute Preparation Solutions

11 Plus Exam Day Tips

11 Plus Exam Forum – Berkshire Reading Pages- where we have pre-answered the most common questions

And of course there is a wealth of information including preparation plans in our exam papers and books section for Berkshire Reading.