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 2020 Entry

Places please see below
Closing Dates 31st October 2019 for CAF form
Registration – 31st March 2019
11+ Test Dates 14th (Verbal Reasoning) and 20th (Non-Verbal Reasoning) September 2019
Test Types & Practice Materials GL Assessment: Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials and Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials
GL Familiarisation Papers
The qualification is a total standardised score of at least 220 on the two tests, and represents the ability of the most able 25% of pupils in the age group in primary schools in the selective areas of Lincolnshire. Please note that attainment of the minimum qualification standard does not of itself guarantee admission to any individual school.
Results Posted out to parents on 11th October 2019
Allocation March 2020
Admissions Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar School

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.

Lincolnshire Consortium Schools Information

School Admissions Type Gender Places Open Events
Boston Grammar School
(part of Boston Grammar Schools Federation, see below)
Admissions Policy 2020 Foundation Boys 120 January
Boston High School
(part of Boston Grammar Schools Federation, see below)
Admissions Policy 2020 Foundation Girl 108 Sat 15th & Sat 22nd June 2019
Bourne Grammar School Admissions Policy 2020 Controlled Mixed 240 Thurs 27th June 2019, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Carre’s Grammar School Admissions Policy 2020 Foundation Boys 120 Wed 3rd July 2019 & Wed 16th October 2019, 9.15am-12noon
Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School Admissions Policy 2020 - Girls 174 June/July
Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy Admissions Policy 2020 Community Girls 128 July & October
King Edward VI Grammar School
(Louth)
Admissions Policy 2020 Foundation Mixed 145 Thurs 13th June 2019, from 4.30pm
King Edward VI Academy
(Spilsby)
Admissions Policy 2020 Community Bi-Lateral Mixed 94 TBA
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Alford) Admisssions Policy 2020 Academy Mixed 84 first Thursday in October
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Horncastle) Admissions Policy 2020 Foundation Mixed 120 early in the autumn term
Queen Elizabeth’s High School
(Gainsborough)
Admissions Policy 2020 Community Mixed 186 20th June 2019, 6.00pm
Skegness Grammar School Admissions Policy 2020 Foundation Mixed + boarding 132 Thurs, 27th June 2019 – 4.00-6.00pm
Spalding Grammar School Admissions Policy 2020 Foundation Boys 150 Tues, 25th June 2019
Spalding High School Admissions Policy 2020 Community Girls 150 Tues, 18th June 2019 – 7.00pm
The King’s School Grantham Admission Policy 2020 Foundation Boys 174 Mon, 24th June 2019 – 6.00pm – 8.30pm

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 2020

Places 100 in Year 7
Open Evening Wed, 15th May 2019
Closing Dates 31st October 2019 for CAF form
Closes – 2nd September 2019 by 3.30pm
11+ Test Dates Verbal Reasoning Standard Paper – 7th September 2019 (10am)
Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Paper – 21st September 2019 (10am)
Test Types Verbal Reasoning Standard Paper and Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Paper
Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials For Caistor Grammar
Results Posted To Parents Fri, 11th October 2019
Allocation March 2020
Admissions Caistor Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2020

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 17th June 2019