11 Plus Schools

Birmingham and Walsall 11 Plus

The New Schools Admissions Code, by law from 2012 , due to take effect for admissions for Entry in September 2013, states that schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for applications on October 31st 2012.

CEM 11 Plus – Birmingham Past Test Paper Content

Birmingham Historic Pass Marks

Arrangements for 11+ admissions in Birmingham have changed for entry from September 2011. There is now a “Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham”, comprising the following schools:

  • Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
  • King Edward VI Aston School
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
  • King Edward VI Five Ways School
  • King Edward VI Handsworth School
  • Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls
  • Handsworth Grammar School

There are eight Grammar Schools in Birmingham and they are extremely popular and entry is very competitive. Not every child achieving the qualifying score can be offered a place.

Birmingham and Warwickshire will be holding the same test on the same date. Warwickshire Grammar Schools and Birmingham Grammar Schools will only administer the test for children registered with them. Children wishing to sit tests for both Warwickshire and Birmingham Grammar Schools should only register once and only sit the test in either Birmingham or Warwickshire. Parents registering for the Grammar Schools in Birmingham will need to tick a box online if they wish their child’s test results to be shared with the Warwickshire Grammar Schools.

Information about the pass marks need to gain entry to the Birmingham Grammar Schools can be viewed here.

Information about the two Walsall grammar schools can be found by scrolling down this page.

Admissions Information for Consortium Schools for September 2017 entry

The selective test of The Grammar Schools in Birmingham foundation is shared with the testing process in Warwickshire

Closing date for Applications Friday 8 July 2016 at 4pm
11+ test dates Saturday 10 September 2016
Test Types Two paper approximately 50 minutes each. The papers will be divided into smaller individually timed sections. They comprise
*Verbal Ability (tests vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning)
*Non-Verbal Ability (tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other.)
*Numerical Ability (tests the ability to solve mathematical problems)
*Reading comprehension
Most of the questions are multiple choice. The marks will be standardised to take account of differences in age and then added together.
Sample questions will be sent to parents on receipt of the completed registration form.
Examiners CEM – University of Durham
Previous Year’s Pass Mark For information about pass marks please see Historic Pass Marks
11+ Test Results by 14 October 2016
Allocations 1st March 2017 or next working day
Appeals deadline 13th April 2016
Admissions Birmingham City Council
Tel:0121 303 1888
The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Consortium 0121 415 6004
Recommended Practice Materials CEM 11+ Practice Materials

NEW CEM Practice Materials now available on our online shop

The CEM 11 Plus by the University of Durham is allegedly “tutor proof”, although we provide information about past test paper content to allow you to get an overview of the type of content that comes up in the tests. For further guidance on relevant preparation please read the Birmingham section of our 11+ Forum.

Birmingham Consortium Schools General Information

School Gender Places Open Events
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Boys 160 Tuesday 5th July 2016 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Thursday 15th September 2016 4.00pm – 7.00pm
King Edward VI Aston School Boys 120 Saturday 16th April 2016
9.00am – 12 noon
Tuesday 12th July 2016 9.30am – 11.30am
Monday 17th October 2016 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 18th October 2016 9.30am – 11.30am
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys Boys 120 Friday 23rd September 2016
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 24th September 2016 10.00am – 12.30pm
Handsworth Grammar School for Boys Boys 150 Thursday 23rd June 2016 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 22nd September 2016 5.00pm – 8.00pm
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls Girls 150 Thursday 7th July 2016 4.00pm – 6.45pm
Thursday 22nd September 2016 5.30pm – 8.30pm
17th to 21st October 2016 Morning – by prior appointment only
King Edward VI Five Ways School Mixed 180 Tuesday 7 July 2016
10.45am – 12.30pm
Friday 16 September 2016 6.00pm – 8.30pm
King Edward VI Handsworth School Girls 160 Tuesday 28th June 2016 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 29th June 2016 9.00am – 12 noon – by prior appointment only
Tuesday 20th September 2016 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 21st September 2016 9.00am – 12 noon – by prior appointment only
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls Girls 180 Wednesday 29th June 2016 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday 21st September 2016 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Thursday 22nd September 2016 11.00am – 12.15pm


Queen Mary’s Grammar School & Queen Mary’s High School

Now part of the ’Consortium of Grammar Schools for Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

These schools are now part of a new Consortium set up recently for the ease of Grammar School applications.
see this page for details.

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.

Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.

Page updated on 22nd October 2016