11 Plus Schools

Devon 11 Plus

The Schools Admissions Code, that came into effect in 2012, stated that by law, schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for the Common Application form (CAF) on October 31st .

There are 7 grammar schools in the geographic county of Devon, but there are three different admission authorities involved in the admissions process: Devon County Council, Plymouth & Torbay. There is also a “bilateral” school – Westlands School in Torbay.

Colyton Grammar – Admissions Information for September 2017 entry

Places 155
Open Day Tuesday 6th September 2016
Closing date for applications Wednesday 7th September 2016
11+ test date 17 September 2016
Test Types Two papers of approximately 50 minutes each, multiple choice format, each paper contains several timed sections. There will be a break in between the tests. The paper tests:
Verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning)
Numerical ability (the ability to solve maths problems)
Non Verbal ability (the ability to see how objects/shapes relate to each other).
In addition there will be a short English paper (20 minutes), usually consists of creative writing (written and marked by the school)
Examiners CEM (Durham University)
Pass Mark CEM design the marking scheme and all marks are standardised according to the age to produce a final score. Places are offered to those who meet the required standard . If more than 155 meet the required standard, places are by rank order of the score. The English paper is marked by the school and is not standardised.
11 + Test Results 18 October 2016
Allocations 1st March 2017
Appeals Deadline 30 March 2017. Appeal hearings w/c 22 May 2017
Admissions Information Colyton Grammar
Recommended Practice Materials CEM 11+ Practice Materilas

Torbay Grammar schools

Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys – Admission Information for entry September 2017

Places 128
Open Day Tuesday 28th June to Monday 4th July 2016
Closing date for applications Preferred date 12th July, latest date – Monday 5 September 2016 by 9am
11+ test dates 17 September 2016
Follow up test for children who missed the test due to illness – (Friday 23rd September 2016)
Test Types Two papers of approximately 50 minutes each, multiple choice format, each paper contains several timed sections. There will be a break in between the tests. The paper tests:
Verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning)
Numerical ability (the ability to solve maths problems)
Non Verbal ability (the ability to see how objects/shapes relate to each other)
Examiners CEM (Durham University)
Pass Mark CEM design the marking scheme and all marks are standardised according to the age to produce a final score. Places are offered by rank order of the score. The test mark required varies from 72%-75%
11 + Test Results Mid October 2016
Allocations 1st March 2017
Admissions Information Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys
Recommended Practice Materials CEM 11+ Practice Materials

Torquay Boys Grammar, Torquay Girls Grammar, Churston Ferrers Grammar, The Spires College – Admissions Information for entry September 2017

These four schools have the same test and collaborate in the administration of the test. The results are shared between the schools. The Spires College is a bilateral school

Closing date for applications 7 September 2016
11+ test dates 1st Test – 17 September 2016
2nd Test – 24th September 2016
Test Types 1st Test – Two papers of approximately 50 minutes each, multiple choice format, each paper contains several timed sections. There will be a break in between the tests. Written by CEM .The paper tests:
Verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning)
Numerical ability (the ability to solve maths problems)
Non Verbal ability (the ability to see how objects/shapes relate to each other).
2nd Test – Maths and English
Maths is standard format (not multiple choice) , 1 hr long, 35 questions. Testing : number work, space, shape, measures, handling data, problem solving.
English – 2 sections: comprehension and creative writing.
Comprehension – 1 or 2 passages with 20 multiple choice questions
Creative Writing – There is a choice of writing topics , there may be many types of writing : to persuade, inform or report ; fictional writing is only one of the options.
Maths and English are according to the National Curriculum for Year 5 . There may be one or two more challenging questions.
Examiners 1st Test – CEM (Durham University)
2nd Test – Schools English & Maths
Pass Mark CEM design the marking scheme and all marks are standardised according to the age to produce a final score
TBG – Boys who score in the top 50% of candidates of the CEM tests and achieve at least 50 % in Maths and English are eligible for a place and put into Group A . Candidates who are successful in two of the three elements are put into Group B
TGG – Places are offered to the children who have achieved the standard in the CEM tests being the score achieved by the candidate ranked 150th and a minimum of 50 % in Maths and 50% in English
CFG – The children who have achieved the standard in the CEM tests being the score achieved by the candidate ranked 100th and a minimum of 50 % in Maths and 50% in English are automatically granted entry into the school.
11 + Test Results 18 October 2016
Allocations 1st March 2017
Admissions Information Torbay Admissions
Torquay Boys Grammar School
Torquay Girls Grammar School
Churston Ferrers Grammar
The Spires College
Recommended Practice Materials CEM 11+ Practice Materilas

General School Information

School Type Gender Places Open Events
Churston Ferrers Grammar School Grammar Mixed 145 places in Year 7 Thursday 30th June 2016 10 am, 4.15pm, 6.30pm
Torquay Boys Grammar School Grammar Boys 156 places in Year 7 Thursday 7th July 2016
Torquay Girls Grammar School Grammar Girls 150 places in Year 7 Tuesday 28th June 2016
The Spires College Bilateral Mixed TBC Wednesday 15th June 2016 6pm-8pm
Wednesday 21st September 2016 6pm-8pm
Bishop Wordsworth’s School Grammar Boys 128 places in year 7 Tuesday 28th June to Monday 4th July 2016 inclusive, 2pm to 3.30pm

Plymouth Grammar Schools

Devonport High School for Boys – admission information for entry September 2017

Closing date for applications Common Application Form: 31st October 2016
Test Registration Deadline: 2 September 2016 (registraton opens 25th April 2016)
Open Events Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 6.00pm and Monday 11 July 2016 at 9.00am
11+ test dates Test 1 – 17th September 2016
Test 2 – 24th September 2016
Test Types Test 1 – Familiarisation and English Composition written by the school, 40 minutes. Schools English paper specimen and marking criteria
Test 2 – Maths and English (Comprehension) both multiple choice, by GL Assessment
Examiners GL Assessment/School
Pass Mark Candidates who achieve a qualifying GL Assessment mark equal to that of the 174th candidate and a qualifying score in the English paper are eligible for consideration of a place.
Candidates who achieve a GL Assessment score lower than the 174th candidate and a qualifying score in the English paper are eligible for consideration for a place on the waiting list.
11+ Test Results Posted on 12 October 2016
Allocations 1 March 2017
Admissions Information Devonport High School for Boys
Recommended Practice Materials Maths
English

Devonport High School for Girls and Plymouth High School for Girls

Admissions Information for entry 2017

Both girls’ schools have made a change in the 11+ testing. The test will now consist of Maths and English instead of verbal reasoning (see below).

Admission information for entry September 2017

Closing date for applications Common Application Form 31st October 2016
Registration closes 2nd September 2016
11+ test dates Test 1 – 17th September 2016
Test 2 – 24th September 2016
11+ Timetable here
(Mock test organised by school – 2nd July 2016, results sent by 13th July 2016)
Test types Test 1 -English Comprehension (multiple choice) GL Assessment
Test 2 – Maths multiple choice (GL) and written English (set by the school)
Examiners GL Assessment (NFER). Extended writing test is written by the schools.
11+ Test Results 12 October 2016
Allocations 1 March 2017
Admissions Information Plymouth City Council
Recommended Practice Materials Maths
English

General School Information

School Gender Places Open Events
Devonport High School for Girls Girls 120 places in
Year 7
Wednesday 22nd June 2016,
6pm to 8pm
Devonport High School for Boys Boys 174 places in
Year 7
Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 5.00pm
Monday 11 July 2016 at 9.00am
Plymouth High School for Girls Girls 120 places in
Year 7
Thursday 23rd June 2016

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Page updated on 26th October 2016

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