Grammar School Entrance Examination (11+)
Updated January 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 teh tests to take place as planned in September 2021. However, this may change due to the disruption caused by lockdown for our children.
St George's will organise tuition for children in the Summer Term. Arrangements for this will be confirmed by Mr Cassidy when the school reopens after lockdown.
Below we have added table of free respources that families can access. This is in addition to the recomended list of remote curriculum learning resources available on our website. You can access this by clicking here.
From 2020, the non catholic grammar schools changed to GL asessments as the test provider (has previously been CEM assessments). Those schools are:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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,
- 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.
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.
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 2021)
- 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).
Further help and resources can be found below:
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.
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.
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.