11 Plus Schools

Birmingham and Walsall 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.

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 2018 entry

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

Closing date for Applications Friday 30th June 2017 at 4pm
(Registration opens Monday 1st May 2017)
11+ test dates Saturday 9th September 2017
Test Types Two paper approximately 50 minutes each. The papers will be divided into smaller individually timed sections.
They comprise of:
* 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.
Familiarisation Booklet
Examiners CEM – University of Durham
Previous Year’s Pass Mark For information about pass marks please see Historic Pass Marks
11+ Test Results by 13th October 2017
Allocations 1st March 2018 or next working day
Appeals deadline TBC
Admissions Birmingham City Council
Tel: 0121 303 1888
Email: admissions@birmingham.gov.uk
The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Consortium
Tel: 0121 415 6004
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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 Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 160 Tuesday 27th June 2017 4pm–7pm
Thursday 19th September 2017 4pm–7pm
Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th October 2017 9am-10.30am
King Edward VI Aston School Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 120 Thursday 6th July 2017 9.30am–11.30am
Monday 16th October 2017 9.30am–11.30am
Tuesday 17th October 2017 2.30pm–4pm
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 120 Friday 22nd September 2017 6pm–8pm
Saturday 23rd September 2017 10am–12.30pm
Handsworth Grammar School for Boys Admissions Policy 2018 Boys 150 Thursday 22nd June 2017 5pm-8pm
Thursday 21st September 2017 5pm-8pm
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls Admissions Policy 2018 Girls 150 Thursday 6th July 2017 4pm – 6.45pm
Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th October 2017 Morning – by prior appointment only
Thursday 19th October 2017 5.30pm – 8.30pm
King Edward VI Five Ways School Admissions Policy 2018 Mixed 180 Friday 30th June 2017 10.45am–12.30pm & 1.45pm-3.15pm
Friday 15th September 2017 6.00pm – 8.30pm
King Edward VI Handsworth School Admissions Policy 2018 Girls 160 Tuesday 27th June 2017 5pm–8pm
Tuesday 19th September 2017 5pm–8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2017 9am-12 noon – by prior appointment only
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls Admissions Policy 2018 Girls 180 Wednesday 28th June 2017 6.30pm–8.30pm
Wednesday 20th September 2017 6.30pm–8.30pm
Thursday 21st September 2017 11am–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 8th April 2017


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