11 Plus Schools

Lincolnshire 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.

Our thanks go to Alex, the moderator of the Lincolnshire section of our 11+ forum for supplementary information on this page.

Lincolnshire retains selective education in parts of the county with comprehensive education in other parts, including the city of Lincoln. There are 14 Grammar Schools and one Bi-Lateral School King Edward’s VI Humanities College in Spilsby. There are also 42 Comprehensive, Secondary Modern and non-selective Academy Schools.

The 11+ testing in Lincolnshire is co-ordinated by the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. Currently, 12 out of the 14 grammar schools together with King Edward’s VI Humanities College belong to the Consortium and follow the same testing arrangements. Caistor Grammar School administers its own tests. The Boston Grammar Schools Federation uses the same tests as the Consortium but has adopted a modified set of selection critieria.

Approximately 25% of children in Lincolnshire qualify for a grammar school through the 11+.

Parents need to register their child to take the tests. Packs containing information about the registration process, 11 Plus tests and 11+ testing registration forms are circulated to parents of children in Year 5 in April/May through the primary schools in the selective areas. We have been informed by some of the schools that the registration forms for those who live in the area must be returned as early as May, however this varies depending on which grammar school you are applying to. We recommend contacting the grammar school directly for clarification on this.

Parents whose children attend primary schools that are ‘out of county’ or in non-selective areas of Lincolnshire need to apply directly to a Grammar School. It is possible to download the Application Form from the Consortium website or here.

Completed registration forms should be returned through primary schools or by post direct to the appropriate grammar school. There is an opportunity to indicate on the form if there are any special educational needs or disability or any language difficulties that might impact on testing.

Children at primary schools in some of the selective areas may take the tests in their own school. In other areas and for all children at primary schools in other counties or in the non-selective areas of Lincolnshire the tests are taken on two consecutive Saturdays in September at any of the Grammar Schools.

Caistor Grammar School tests are also held on two consecutive Saturdays in September in the school. One of the dates may clash with the Consortium tests but it is possible to request a change of date for the Consortium test.

Results are posted out before secondary school application forms have to be submitted to the Local Authority.

Admissions Information (Consortium) – September 2018 Entry

Closing date for applications CAF form: 31st October 2017
Registration opens – January 2017
Test Registration closing date:
31st March 2017 – Boston High School
31st March 2017 – Carre’s Grammar School
31st March 2017 – Kesteven & Grantham Girls School
31st March 2017 – Queen Elizabeth Grammar (Horncastle)
31st March 2017 – The Kings School Grantham
31st August 2017 – Bourne Grammar School
11+ test dates For children living in the County (tests at Primary schools):
Friday 15th September 2017 – Test 1, Verbal Reasoning
Friday 22nd September 2017 – Test 2, Non-verbal Reasoning
For children applying from outside the area(tests at Grammar schools):
Saturday 17th September 2017 – Test 1, Verbal Reasoning
Saturday 24th September 2017 – Test 2, Non-verbal reasoning
Test Types Verbal reasoning – This is the first test taken. 80 questions in 50 minutes. Questions are split into 15 or more sections with 5-6 questions in each section. Questions are multiple choice and can be answered in any order.
Non-Verbal reasoning – This is taken one week after the first test. There are 70 questions, split into 5 sections (3 NVR and 2 spatial reasoning). Questions have to be answered one section at a time, for which 7 minutes are given for each section. They cannot move onto the next section until they are told to. At the start of each section the candidates will have two practice questions.
There is a short practice before each sections begins. Both tests are multiple choice.
Practice Tests Carre’s Grammar School – Saturday 24th June 2017
Examiners NFER – National Foundation of Educational Research (GL Assessment)
Pass Mark 220 across the two papers. There are 80 questions in the VR test and 70 questions in the NVR. Children get a mark out of 80 or 70, which is called the ‘raw score’. These scores are converted taking into account the child’s age. This is called the ‘standardised score’. For example, a child born in August does not have to have a raw score as high as a child who is 11 months older to achieve the same standardised score. Children who achieve 110 or more in each test, or a total of 220 or more in both tests, qualify for a place, depending on whether the school is oversubscribed.
11+ Test Results Day Posted Friday 13th October 2017 by first class post, hopefully to arrive on Saturday
Emailing results to Primary schools – 16th October 2017
Allocations Day 1st March 2018. Follow up letter from Grammar Schools 2nd March 2018
Acceptance Offer of place to be accepted by 16th March 2018
Admission Appeals Dates Appeals accepted from 1st March 2018. An appeal may be made for a child who scores close to 220. A score of 210 is not considered to be close.
Admissions Information Consortium Schools
Tel: 01476 563017
Email: enquiries@grammarschools.lincs.sch.uk
Lincolnshire County Council Admissions
Tel: 01522 782030
Email: schooladmissions@lincolnshire.gov.uk
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning
Non-verbal Reasoning

Appropriate Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning

Lincolnshire’s test contains a selection from more than 21 types of questions. The following materials cover 21 types:

The few other types which may occur can be found in the Susan Daughtrey Verbal Reasoning Technique and Practice 1 to 4. Where materials are not available in Standard Format it is generally possible to ignore the multiple choice answer sheet and write the answers on the question sheet. GL Assessment 11 plus Verbal Reasoning Standard Format (ISBN: 9780708719909) contains only 15 types but are in the layout of the real test. Be aware that most practice tests allow more time than the real tests.

The recommended practice material is also contained in one convenient section, the Lincolnshire section of 11+ Regions section of the online shop.

Lincolnshire Consortium Schools Information

School Admissions Type Gender Places Open Events
Boston Grammar School
(part of Boston Grammar Schools Federation, see below)
Admissions Policy 2018 Foundation Boys 120 TBA
Boston High School
(part of Boston Grammar Schools Federation, see below)
Admissions Policy 2018 Foundation Girl 108 TBA
Bourne Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Controlled Mixed 240 Thursday 29th June 2017
Carre’s Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Foundation Boys 120 Wednesday 5th July 2017, Wednesday 18th October 2017
Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School Admissions Policy 2018 - Girls 174 Thursday 13th July 2017
Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy Admissions Policy 2018 Community Girls 128 Thursday 6th July 2017
Wednesday 18th October 2017
King Edward VI Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018 Foundation Mixed 120 Thursday 15th June 2017
King Edward VI Academy
Admissions Policy 2017 Community Bi-Lateral Mixed 94 (30 selective) TBA
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Alford) Admisssions Policy 2018 Academy Mixed 84 TBA
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Horncastle) Admissions Policy 2018 Foundation Mixed 120 Wednesday 4th October 2017
Queen Elizabeth’s High School
Admissions Policy Community Mixed 180 Thursday 22nd June 2017
Friday 23rd June 2017
Skegness Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Foundation Mixed + boarding 132 Saturday 4th March & Saturday 6th May 2017
Spalding Grammar School Admissions Policy 2018 Foundation Boys 150 Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th, THursday 9th February 2017, Thursday 29th June 2017, Thursday 19th October 2017
Spalding High School Admissions Policy 2018 Community Girls 150 TBA
The King’s School Grantham Admission Policy 2018 Foundation Boys 174 Monday 26th June 2017

Note: The Boston Grammar Schools Federation represents Boston Grammar School (South End) for boys, and Boston High School (Spilsby Road)for girls, which are both selective Foundation Schools. They are using the same tests, but the entry standard in any year will be the lowest raw mark attained by any child in Lincolnshire who attained 220 standardised marks. Effectively, there is no age standardisation but a minimum score tied in with the consortium’s standardisation process. The reason is that the schools have been struggling with falling rolls and financial problems and are trying to keep their heads above water until the projected population rise in a few years time. They also have reintroduced a non-statutory review process which no longer exists for the rest of Lincolnshire Grammars – primary headteachers who have pupils who have performed less well than expected are invited to contact the schools.

Caistor Grammar School

Caistor Grammar School administers its own tests and is not part of the Lincolnshire Consortium. There are two Verbal Reasoning tests, one standard format and one multiple choice. The tests take place in September and a minimum aggregate score of 220 is needed to gain admission to the school. The school does not reveal the examiners of the test, except that it is an outside company (probably NFER (GL Assessment). The admission number for Year 7 is 100 and the following statistics are provided by the school for the number of qualified applicants:

2011 137 qualified
2010 148 qualified
2009 150 qualified
2008 173 qualified
2007 172 qualified
2006 130 qualified

Out of those who reach an aggregate score of 220 or more, children with S.E.N (Statement of Special Need) are allocated a place first.
Then priority is given to the following:-

  • Children in care
  • Children who reside within 6.5 miles
  • Children with higher verbal reasoning scores

Caistor Grammar School Admissions Information for entry September 2018

Closing Dates 31st October 2017 – for CAF form
The deadline for applications for taking the tests is the Wednesday before the first entrance exam in September. Registrations from 10th May 2017
Places 100 in Year 7
Open Evening 10th May 2017 6pm-8pm
11+ Test Dates Saturday 9th September 2017 – Verbal Reasoning standard format.
Saturday 23rd September 2017 multiple choice format
Test types Verbal Reasoning – 2 tests
One paper is multiple choice, one is standard format. Candidates are given a 15 minute practice test before the main paper
Scores Those who attain a total score of 220 will be eligible for entry. The scores will stand for 3 years and can be used for admission into year 8 & 9. New applicants in year 8 and 9 will take the same level verbal reasoning tests as the year 7 entry test.
The school will keep a waiting list of applicants who were not allocated a place. If a place becomes available in years 7-9, a place may be offered to the applicant at the top of the waiting list for that year group.
Allocations March 2018
Admissions Caistor Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning

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.
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Page updated on 2nd May 2017