11 Plus Schools

Wirral (inc. Liverpool) 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.

Wirral Grammar Schools

The 11 plus in Wirral is administered by the Wirral Borough Council for:

  • Calday Grange Grammar School
  • West Kirby Grammar School
  • Wirral Grammar school for Girls
  • Wirral Grammar school for Boys

Whereas, St. Anselm’s College and Upton Hall School administer their own tests.

Admissions Information for Entry 2017

Closing date for applications 31st May 2017 – for the test using “Request for Assessment Form”, to be given to the LA (available Date TBC)
11+ test Date 19th September 2016
Test Types Verbal ability (tests vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning)
Numerical reasoning (tests the ability to solve mathematical problems)
Non-verbal reasoning (tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other)
There will be two test papers of approx 50 mins each; each one containing a mixture of multiple choice questions, divided into timed sections. The questions in each paper will be a mixture of the above subjects. A few maths questions will not be multiple choice
Familiarisation Booklet
Examiner CEM (University of Durham)
Test Results by 21st October 2016
Allocations 1st March 2017
Admissions Information: Wirral Borough Council Admissions
Recommended Practice Materials CEM Practice Materials

School Information

School Gender Places Open Evening
Calday Grange Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Boys 200 places in Year 7 TBC
West Kirby Grammar School Girls 180 places in Year 7 Saturday 6th May 2017
Wirral Grammar School for Girls
Admissions Policy 2018
Girls 180 places in Year 7 TBC
Wirral Grammar School Boys 155 places in Year 7 Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at 6pm

St Anselm’s College Admissions for September Entry 2018

Places 140 in Year 7
Closing date for applications 31st October 2017 – Common Application Form
Open Day June 2017 (TBC) & Tuesday 19th September 2017
11+ test dates Friday 22nd September 2017
Test Types 3 written papers Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English and a mental maths paper
English is 45 minutes long, it consists of a comprehension with questions that are not multiple choice and an essay on a given topic (about 20 mins on each section)
Maths is 45 minutes long, standard format, a lot of worded questions.
Sample papers can be found on the school’s website here
Examiner Maths and English are written by the school
Allocations 1st March 2018
Admissions Information St Anselm’s Admissions
Recommended Practice Materials Maths

Upton Hall School Admissions for September Entry 2018

Places 156 in Year 7
Closing date for applications Monday 10th July 2017 – Schools Form
31st October 2017 – Common Application Form
Open Day 22nd June 2017 5.30pm – 8pm & 21st September 2017 5.30pm – 8pm
11+ test dates Monday 11th September 2017
(Thursday 14th September 2017 – Follow up test for special needs or those who missed the first test due to illness)
Test Types Two Verbal Reasoning papers, multiple choice. Both 50 mins each. There will be a break in between.
Examiner GL Assessment (NFER)
Test Results Sent to parents by Friday 20th October 2017
Pass Mark Scores of both tests added together; a required score of 236 or above.
In the event of over-subscription, priority is according to the following criteria:
1. to girls who are Baptised Roman Catholics,
2. to girls who are Roman Catholics but not baptised
3. to girls living closed to the school
Allocations 1st March 2018
Appeals Applications for an appeal should be made within 20 days of receipt of allocations letter.
Admissions Information Upton Hall School Admissions
Admissions Policy 2018
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning

Liverpool Grammar Schools

There is only one grammar school remaining in Liverpool – The Blue Coat School. It is a mixed school and admits 180 children each year into Year 7. In addition there are three partially selective schools in Liverpool.

The Blue Coat School Entry September 2018

Open Evening TBC
Places 180 places in Year 7
Closing date for applications Test registration – Friday 8th September 2017 by 4pm
(Registration forms available from Friday 7th July 2017)
31st October 2017 – CAF Form
11+ test dates October 2017 (date TBC)
Test Types Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning
Maths – 45 mins, English – 50 mins, Non-Verbal Reasoning – 20 mins
Test Results sent Friday 20th October 2017
The test is marked out of 450. Typically children who are admitted range from 330-410. This can vary from year to year.(see table below)
Eligibility for a place is based on the following criteria:
1. Up to 27 places for children who achieve a score of 320 or more and are entitled to free school meals.
2. Remaining places are allocated to highest scores.
In the event of a tie, the place will go to the highest non-verbal reasoning score. If there is still a tie, the highest English score will determine the result.
Allocations 1 March 2018
Appeals closing date April 2018 (TBC)
Appeals June 2018 (TBC)
Admissions Information The Liverpool Blue Coat School
Admissions Policy 2018
Recommended Practice Materials Maths
Non-verbal Reasoning

The Blue Coat School – previous years’ scores

Group 2016 2015 2014 2013
Top 180 scores 342-403 339-413 336-409 335-401
Scores that just miss the top 180 336+ 333+ 330+ 331+
All others 186+ 173+ 186+ 184+

Partially selective schools in Liverpool

The three partially selective schools in Liverpool are:

School Gender Places Open Evening
King David High School
Admissions Policy 2018
Mixed Selects 17 places musical aptitude
Jewish faith-based school
More info 2018 entry
St. Hilda’s C of E High School Mixed (previously girls) 170 Selects 15 percent of pupils for general ability
More info 2018 entry
Wednesday 12th July 2017
St. Margaret’s C of E High School Boys 160 places in year 7 (24 places selected for general ability)
More info 2017 entry

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 22nd February 2017


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