11 Plus Schools

Wiltshire 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 two selective grammar schools in Wiltshire, Bishop Wordsworth’s for boys, and South Wilts for girls. Each school administers the 11 plus test. In order to sit the 11 plus test at either of these schools there is a two stage procedure. You must submit the Common Application Form to the Wiltshire County Council and a Supplementary Form (available from the school) to the school directly.
Candidates from outside Wiltshire should submit the Common Application Form through their own local county who will then inform Wiltshire County Council.

South Wiltshire Grammar School (Girls) Admissions Information for September 2018 entry

Closing dates 31st October 2017 the Common Application Form
South Wiltshire Grammar School – Friday 1st September 2017
Places 160
Open Day Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June 2017, Monday 3rd July 2017
11+ test dates Saturday 23th September 2017
Test Types Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning, all multiple choice
Examiner GL Assessment (NFER)
Test Results Monday 9th October 2017
Allocations 1st March 2018
Admissions Information South Wiltshire Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning

Test Types

  • Mathematics (50 minutes, GL Assessment)
  • English (45 minutes, GL Assessment)
  • Verbal Reasoning (50 minutes, GL Assessment)

The Maths test reflects all areas of Key Stage 2 Maths and covers areas of Number, Algebra, Measures, Shapes and Space and Handling Data.

The English Test contains aspects of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2: Reading, Comprehension, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

The scores for the Maths, English and Verbal reasoning tests are standardised and combined and then used to determine admission. The three tests are of equal weighting.

South Wiltshire Grammar School Statistics

Year of Entry 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
No. candidates 296 327 354 282 287 311 309
Passmark 70.4% 71% 72% 72% 72% 75% 75%
No. of places 150 150 128 128 128 128 128
Places offered in-area 100 96 89 72 78 70 66
Places offered to siblings 6 9 9 6 6 10 7
Places for free school meals 6 0 1 2 - - -
Places for children in care 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Furthest distance offered 20.3 miles 19.1 miles 13.6 miles 22.6 miles 23.6 miles 22.9 miles 25.7 miles
Applicants from Independent schools 13 28 27 31 26 24 25

Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys – Admission Information for entry September 2018

Places 160 (risen from 128 last year)
Open Day Thursday 23rd March 2017, Tuesday 27th June – Monday 3rd July 2017
Closing date for applications Thursday 13th July 2017 5pm
11+ test dates Saturday 16th September 2017
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 13 October 2017 approx
Allocations 1st March 2018
Admissions Information Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys
Admissions Policy 2018
Recommended Practice Materials CEM 11+ Practice Materials

Although not all CEM tests are the same, there are some similarities. Please see other areas already administering the CEM test for examples of the style of the test: Birmingham and Warwickshire

See our information page on CEM

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 29th April 2017