Grammar School Entrance Examination (11+)

Update April 2020

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+).   

For 2020, the non catholic grammar schools are moving to GL asessments 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 opened 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, I will arrange for some of these to be printed for families.  Please -email or call the school office to arrange collection of these.

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.

GL have further information for families:

https://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/support/11plus-series-support/

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 Unton 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 recieve 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 arrangments are confirmed by government.

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TEST VENUES WILL BE CONFIRMED BY THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR FOR 2020 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 GL assessment (starting fromS eptember 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.

Those schools are:

Calday Grammar School for Boys

West Kirby Grammar School for Girls

Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Wirral Grammar School for Girls

The timetable for parents considering applying for their children to undertake the grammar school entrance examination is:

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.

31st MAY  Deadline for 11+ assessment requests

SEPTEMBER   On-line secondary school application system goes live

Preference forms and booklets available

5th SEPTEMBER 2020 Upton Hall Test (check school website for further information)

18th SEPTEMBER  2020 St Anselm's Test (check school website for further information)

21st SEPTEMBER  2020 11+ assessments (taken at test centre)

10th OCTOBER  2020 BHSA banding and music assessments

21st OCTOBER  2020 Results to parents by this date

31st OCTOBER 2020 Deadline for secondary preference forms

1st MARCH 2021  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.

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

Examination dates for these schools are:

Upton Hall - Early September 

St Anselms - Mid September

Birkenhead High School Academy is usually in November.

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

  • Parents information meeting in May (trying this online for 2020)
  • Providing children with free Year 5 booster sessions in the Summer Term of Year 5.

The attached power point provides some more information and guidance for families.

From 2020 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).

Files to Download

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