11 Plus Schools

Yorkshire 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.

There are three Local Authorities in Yorkshire with Grammar Schools within their boundaries: Calderdale (two grammar schools), Kirklees (one grammar school) and North Yorkshire (three grammar schools).

Appropriate Practice Materials for the Yorkshire 11+ Test

All of the recommended materials are listed in the Yorkshire part of the 11+ Regions section of the online shop where you can purchase these in a convenient place.

More information and advice can also be found in the Yorkshire section of the 11+ Forum

Calderdale Grammar Schools Admissions Information for September 2015 entry

Admissions to the two Calderdale grammar schools are managed jointly and the admission process is handled by Calderdale Council.

Places 155 in Year 7 for both schools
Open Evening 26th June 2014 – The North Halifax Grammar School
24th June 2014 – The Crossley Heath School
Closing date 31st October 2014 for CAF form
Friday 12th September 2014 – for Test registration
11+ test dates Saturday 4th October 2014.
Test Types Verbal Reasoning, Maths both Multiple Choice and English (Extended writing).
75% of places are given to applicants that achieve the highest aggregate scores in Verbal Reasoning and Maths.
25% of places are given to applicants that achieve the highest aggregate score in all three tests.
Examiners Verbal Reasoning – GL Assessment or University of Edinburgh. Maths paper is written by the school.
Test Results by 17th October 2014 – Parents will receive overall score and position in order of merit
Allocations 2nd March 2015
Appeals Deadline for appeals is 17th March 2015
Admissions Calderdale Council
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning
Maths
Creative Writing

Kirklees Grammar Schools Admissions

Admissions to Heckmondwike Grammar School are managed by Kirklees Council.

Heckmondwike Grammar School

Information for September 2015 entry

Heckmondwike Grammar School have announced that the test in 2014 will be changing. The tests will be written by a different examining body. No details will be given regarding the tests. Those who make an application will receive a familiarisation sample sheet. No past papers or published papers are available.

The reason for the changes are to prevent extensive coaching.
Since the school have not mentioned the new supplier; we cannot confirm, but can say it is probably CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) by University of Durham.

You should be mindful that not all CEM 11 plus exams will be identical across regions as these tests are written to the schools’ or own requirements, however, there will be similarities.
Other regions that have also changed include Buckinghamshire and Bexley

Closing date for Applications 3rd September 2014 for the schools’ form.
31st October 2014 for the CAF.
Open Day 24th & 25th June 2014
11+ test dates 13th September 2014
Test Types Likely to be Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Numerical Reasoning
Examiners Likely to be CEM (University of Durham)
Test Results 13th October 2014
Allocations 2nd March 2015
Acceptance TBA
Appeals TBA

North Yorkshire Grammar Schools Admissions Information for September 2015 entry

The three Grammar Schools in North Yorkshire are responsible for their own admissions policy; and the Local Authority manages the admission arrangements on behalf of Ermysted Grammar School and Ripon Grammar School.

Skipton High School administers it’s own selection tests.Children in Skipton and Ripon are automatically entered for the selection test; parents have to write or email to admissions if they do not wish their child to sit the test.

Ermysted & Ripon Grammar Schools

Closing dates 15th August 2014
31st October 2014 for the CAF form
Places Ripon Grammar- 117 in year 7, including 14 boarding
Ermysted – 112 places in year 7
Familiarisation test 4th September 2014
First test 9th September
Second test 12th September
Test Types Each test will consist of a Verbal Reasoning & a Non- verbal reasoning . Both are multiple choice
Test Details Verbal Reasoning – 80 questions, 50 minutes.
Non Verbal Reasoning – 4 sections, 20 questions in each section, with 10 minutes for each section. At the beginning of each sections, candidates are given brief instructions. Once a section has been completed, candidates cannot go back to that section.
Examiners NFER administered by GL Assessment
Scores Places offered to the highest scoring 28% who live in the catchment area. If there are surplus places; they are offered to boys outside the catchment area.
Test Results TBA
Allocations 2nd March 2015
Admissions Information: North Yorkshire County Council
Sample Questions and Answers for North Yorkshire 11+ Tests can be found on the council’s website.
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning
Non-Verbal Reasoning

School Information

School Gender Places Open Eve
Ermysted’s Grammar School Boys 112 places in Year 7 TBA
Ripon Grammar School Mixed 117 places in Year 7, of which up to 14 are boarding places 30th June 2014

Skipton Girls’ High School

Places 116 in Year 7
Closing dates 17th Sept 2014 for test registration – click here for the form
31st October 2014 for the CAF form
Open Events Information Evening- Monday 16th June 2014
Open Evening- Thursday 2nd July 2014
11+ Test Sat 27th September 2014
Test Types Verbal reasoning, Maths, English .
Each paper is multiple choice. There will be no extended writing
Test Details Mathematics – 50 multiple choice questions, 50 minutes.(sample papers from schools’ website)
Verbal Reasoning – 85 questions, 50 minutes.
English- 50 multiple choice questions, 45-50 minutes. The test consists of 2 extracts with questions. Plus questions on spelling, punctuation, grammar.
Examiners GL Assessment (NFER)
Test Results By 13th October 2014 – only those who have not reached the required score will be informed of the scores.
Allocations 2nd March 2015
Admissions Skipton Girls’ High School
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning
Maths
English

Historic Pass Marks

  1. Cut off scores for Skipton Girls’ High School and Ermysted’s Grammar School were 220 (2011) 227 (2010) 221 (2009) and 222 (2008). In the event of oversubscription places are allocated by distance.
  2. Cut off scores for Ripon Grammar School were 210 (2011) 206 (2010) 209 (2009) and 207 (2008)

Provided a child has achieved the required cut-of score, places are then allocated in the following order, with distance from school gates being used in the event of any tie-break:

  1. Children in care
  2. Siblings of children living in the school’s catchment area
  3. Children in living in catchment
  4. Siblings of children living outside of catchment
  5. All others

All of the recommended materials are listed in the Yorkshire part of the 11+ Regions section of the online shop where you can purchase these in a convenient place.

More information and advice can also be found in the Yorkshire section of the 11+ Forum

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 12th June 2014

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