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John Hampden Grammar School

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About the School

John Hampden Grammar School is remarkable and seeks to give young men the personal qualities as well as the qualifications to carve out their own bold paths into the future.

A challenging academic education is at the heart of what they do. John Hampden is an outstanding school with exceptional academic success. But in a changing world young men will need more. They will need character, spirit, resilience. They will need to lead, to inspire, to take responsibility. They will need to care, collaborate and create. John Hampden Grammar School is remarkable.

John Hampden Grammar School seeks to give all pupils the personal qualities as well as the qualifications to carve out their own bold paths into the future. As you would expect, a challenging academic education is at the heart of what they do.

Staff support every individual to build these qualities necessary for happy, successful and fulfilled lives. The all round education and values your son will receive at JHGS are embodied in our motto “Quit Ye Like Men.”

John Hampden Grammar School exam results are excellent at GCSE and A level and place them amongst the top performing schools in the country. These results equip students to succeed at the best Universities in Britain and abroad, to secure places on ultra competitive level 3 apprenticeships and even to set up their own companies upon leaving the Sixth Form.

Over 125 years ago JHGS was educating young men and women to work in the Wycombe Furniture Industry. Today, John Hampden Grammar School maintains strong links with many local and global companies, preparing students to succeed and lead in a rapidly changing global economy. Alongside the academic rigour of the taught curriculum the #BeMore campaign develops in the boys “soft skills” to succeed as a JHGS Learner and in the future world of work.

School parents praise staff commitment to genuinely caring for their son and believe it is what makes JHGS unique. The Pastoral Team at JHGS is outstanding and they will get to know your son and help him throughout his journey at JHGS. Staff are committed to building a strong partnership between home and school so that as parents you feel as much a part of the JHGS community as your son.

With such an extensive extra curricular programme your son will make friends and have many opportunities to develop new skills and talents. The sports page on the website gives a flavour of the sheer number of sports on offer and the teams’ achievements. Music is also strong at JHGS with a large number of music groups, termly concerts and an annual school production.

Debating and discussion are very popular and this is supported through the Pratchett Debating Society, Politicon and JHGSQT, and the Young Magistrates. Regular school visits here and abroad deepen understanding, widen horizons and create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

John Hampden Grammar School is a forward thinking, innovative school which embraces technology to support and promote learning and personal development. To further demonstrate its commitment to your son they have recently opened a new Design Technology studio and workshops, 2 new Science labs and in Autumn 2021 they opened our brand new £3.5m Innovation Hub of learning spaces and IT suites. This now houses the Maths, Business, Economics and Psychology departments and will be a true Innovation Hub for the 21st Century.

Year 7 11+ Exam Content

Bucks 11 + Exam provided by GL. There are two Secondary Transfer Test papers. They are multiple-choice.  One paper tests  verbal skills including comprehension, technical English and 11+verbal reasoning. The other tests mathematics and 11+ non-verbal skills including spatial reasoning.

How to prepare for the 11+ in 

John Hampden Grammar School

Parents will often search for 11+ books relevant to John Hampden Grammar School so that they can help their child prepare  for the 11 plus test.

Practice in all aspects of 11+ Verbal Reasoning and 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning is essential. Developing 11+ English and 11+ maths skills will give your child an advantage when sitting the actual 11+ exam.

Our 11+ Exam Book Shop will offer lots of suitable practice material.



School Type:-

Boys Grammar

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Year 7 Places:-

Year 7 Admission details:-

Approximately 30% of pupils reach qualifying score. Places then awarded using distance from school gate.

Exam Format

Bucks 11 + GL Version


John Hampden Grammar School, Marlow Hill, High Wycombe HP11 1SZ

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