Grammar School Entrance Examination (11+)

Updated May 2021

Dear parents and families, this page is designed to give you information and support if your child is considering sitting Wirral's grammar school entrance examination tests (commonly referred to as 11+).    Currently we are planning for the tests to take place as planned in September 2021.  However, this may change due to the disruption caused by lockdown for our children.

At the botom of this page is Mr Cassidy's admissions and 11+ parents' presentation .  St George's organised remote tuition for children in the Summer Term.  Children can continue to access the tuition resources on google classroom.

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MzI2MjM0MTIxNjUy

There are 60 hours of practice material including;

  • self marking practice tests,
  • presentations,
  • online tests
  • video lesson links.

Below we have added a table of free resources that families can access.  This is in addition to the recommended list of remote curriculum learning resources available on our website.  You can access this by clicking here.  

From 2021, the non catholic grammar schools changed to GL assessments as the test provider (has previously been CEM assessments).  Those schools are:

Calday Grammar School for Boys

West Kirby Grammar School for Girls

Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Online registration for Wirral's non-Catholic Grammar Schools opens on 1st May. To register and to find the most up-to-date information, please use the Wirral Schools Admission Page. 

GL assessments have readily available familiarisation materials which can be accessed below:  https://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/11plus-series-11-plus-practice-papers/11plus-familiarisation-material.

Whilst we are closed, we can arrange for some of these to be printed for families.  Please -email or call the school office to arrange collection of these.

Links to high quality free resources:

Books By Bond 11+

Bond are a commercial supplier of resources to support tuition for grammar school examinations (known as 11+).  They have created a bank of free resources that you can access by clicking here

 

Also have a free set of interactive tests that can be accessed by clicking here

Eleven Plus Exams have created a collection of free 11+ preparation guides and practice papers for families.

 

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/study-from-homeYou can access them by clicking here

Preparing for the 11+ with CGP | CGP Books
CGP are a commercial supplier of resources to support tuition for grammar school examinations (known as 11+).  They have created a bank of free resources that you can access by clicking here
11 Plus Exam Preparation | Exam Test Papers | 11 Plus Guide
11 Plus Guide is designed to be a one stop for families considering the 11+.  They have compiled a helpful page of free resources to support your child.   That can be read by clicking here

 

Parents can also source high quality resources online, through apps and via publishers.   These are good for familiarisation.  Children should not be expected to work at test speed until September of the tests.

 

There are other selective schools in Wirral that administer their own admission examinations and processes.  They are:

Upton Hall Grammar School for girls

St Anselm's Grammar School for boys

Birkenhead High School Academy for girls

St Anselm's College's entrance examination registration is now open. Click here to open their registration page. The examination is due to take place in September 2020. You can also find their sample examination papers here. 

Upton Hall's admissions form is now open. You can find the form here. The closing date is 29th June. Other useful documents regarding admission to Upton Hall can be found here.

Birkenhead High School Academy have not yet opened their admissions for this year, but you can find their admissions page here.

We will update you with any changes if we receive further information. Please scroll down to find further information, including the Wirral Admissions Assessment Familiarisation document, a practice paper and some vocabulary work from Mr Cassidy's booster classes. 

When the school reopens our aim is to ensure that we give children support in school.  However, we can only plan for this when the opening arrangements are confirmed by government.

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TEST VENUES WILL BE CONFIRMED BY THE START OF SEPTEMBER FOR 2021 TESTS.

Wirral has a range of selective and non-selective secondary schools. The selective schools administer entrance examinations. Four of the grammar schools use Wirral's co-ordinated entrance examination (11+) as their admissions examination.  The examinations are developed by GL assessment (starting from September 2020).  The exam is designed to reflect children's school based learning and be tutor resistant.  The examination consists of:

  • non verbal reasoning,
  • verbal reasoning, vocabulary and spelling,
  • mathematics
  • reading and comprehension. in English sections.

Example timetable for parents considering applying for their children to undertake the grammar school entrance examination is below (may change to impact of Covid-19 in 2021-22):

INTENDED TIMETABLE  for 2020/21 

COVID-19 - At this time, assessment dates are intended to go ahead as planned. However under the current circumstances, changes might be necessary in order to comply with Public Health England guidance, including social distancing. Further guidance is awaited from the Department for Education. Should there be any change to the arrangements parents will be notified at the earliest opportunity.

  • SEPTEMBER                             On-line application system goes live Preference forms and booklets available
  • 17th SEPTEMBER                     St Anselm’s assessment date 1
  • 8th/22nd SEPTEMBER              Upton Hall assessment date
  • 20th/21st SEPTEMBER             Non-Catholic selective assessments (11+)
  • 9th OCTOBER                           Birkenhead High School Academy music assessments
  • 31 OCTOBER                            Deadline for preference forms
  • 1 MARCH                                   ALLOCATION DAY

The 11+ assessment request forms are made available each year from the beginning of May for children in Year 5 who will be applying for secondary school places.  The form will be available from the Wirral Council's admissions portal from May onwards.  Assessment request forms are for parents who want their child to take the 11+ assessment in September. Forms need to be returned to Wirral Local Authority by 31st May.

We support children and families with the admission process for grammar schools.  We do this through:

  • Parents information meeting in May.
  • Providing children with free Year 5 booster sessions in the Summer Term of Year 5.

The attached Power Point presentation provides some more information and guidance for families.

ALL tests are now taken at the Grammar School.  Attached letter from heads at Wirral Grammar Schools explains this change. St George's Primary School and other Wallasey Primary Schools did not vote to support this change. 

We have also attached:

  • An example paper from another borough. Remember that the format will change very year.
  • Letter from CEM regarding tests.
  • Wirral Council's Familiarisation booklet (we will work through this at school).

Further help and resources can be found below:

 

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School Entrance Tests have a wealth of resources for families.  Includes links to national example papers and information for families about entrance examinations.  You can visit their website by clicking here
Reading | Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl have published their useful 11+ help guide for families.  Contains lots of frequently asked questions.  You can visit their website by clicking here. 
The Exam Coach has an 18 point help guide for families considering how to prepare their child for the 11+ examinations.  You can visit their website by clicking here
Eleven Plus Exams has a wealth of free resources and support for families considering the 11+.  You can visit their website by clicking here.
Preparing for the 11+ with CGP | CGP Books
CGP have published a useful 11+ help guide for families.  Lots of free resources as well as advertisements for their own products.  You can visit their website by clicking here
11 Plus Exam Preparation | Exam Test Papers | 11 Plus Guide
11 Plus Guide have created a free and independent ‘one stop’ shop for families.  Have a lot of free resources, advice and links to products that you can buy to help with learning at home.  You can visit their website by clicking here
Books By Bond 11+

Bond are a commercial supplier of resources to support tuition for grammar school examinations (known as 11+).  They have created a bank of free resources that you can access by clicking here

 

Also have a free set of interactive tests that can be accessed by clicking here

Tutors
11 Plus DIY offer a vast range of 11+ resources and support for families.  Includes free guides, test papers and their own products and tutoring that they sell.  You can visit their website by clicking here.
11 Plus Swot was written by a parent who was frustrated by the lack of 11+ guidance and support to families.  They have lots of free advice but also sell products and tutoring online.  You can visit heir website by clicking here

 

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