11 Plus Schools

Wiltshire 11 Plus

For Entry in 2021

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 2021 entry

Closing dates 31st October 2020 for the Common Application Form
South Wiltshire Grammar School – Tuesday 1st September 2020
Places 160
Open Day TBC
11+ test dates Saturday 26th September 2020
Test Types Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning, all multiple choice
Examiner GL Assessment (NFER)
Test Results October 2020
Allocations 1st March 2021
Admissions Information South Wiltshire Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2021
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 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
No. candidates 360 349 317 331 296 327 354
Passmark 71% 71% 71% 71% 71% 71% 72%
No. of places 160 160 160 160 150 150 128
Places offered in-area 89 107 94 93 100 96 89
Places offered to siblings 8 5 9 6 6 9 9
Places for free school meals 22 14 20 6 6 0 1
Places for children in care 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
Furthest distance offered 17.6 miles 16.3 miles 17.9 miles 23.6 miles 20.3 miles 19.1 miles 13.6 miles
Applicants from Independent schools - - - - 13 28 27

Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys – Admission Information for entry September 2020

Places 160
Open Day Cancelled until further notice
Closing date for applications July 2020 (Extact date TBC)
11+ test dates September 2020 (Exact date TBC)
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 Posted out in Mid-October
Allocations 1st March 2021
Admissions Information Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys
Admissions Policy 2021
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 15th April 2020