INFORMATION ABOUT THE 11+
WHAT IS THE "11 PLUS" ?
The "11 Plus" is a selective examination, set by state grammar schools in England, as a way of determining which children should be selected to enter their schools in Year 7. Up until the 1970's, every child in England and Wales had to sit the 11 Plus examination to determine which type of Secondary school they would go to once they had left their Primary school. With the coming of the Comprehensive system of Secondary education, many towns abolished their grammar schools, turning them into comprehensive schools, where no selection test was needed for entry. There were some towns however, who elected to keep their grammar schools, which are still in existence today. As places at the existing grammar schools are at a premium, the only way of securing a place is through your child reaching a high enough mark in the selection test, which each grammar school sets. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 children sit the 11 Plus exam in England each year for around 15,000 places, giving each child a 1 in 6 chance of gaining a place.
In Northern Ireland the 11+ exam is slightly different taking place at the end of Year 7. Children are tested in the subjects of English, Maths and Science/Technology. For more information about the 11+ in Northern Ireland press here.
WHERE ARE THE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND ?
The following counties/metropolitan boroughs still have state grammar schools:- Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, London, Manchester, Middlesex, North Yorkshire, Shropshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire.
In addition to the above, there are several former state grammar schools in different towns in England, which have now gone private, which also have a selection test at 11 Plus.
For a complete list of state grammar schools press here
For a list of private grammar schools press here
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE SET IN THE 11 PLUS EXAM ?
The 11 Plus exam usually consists of one or more of these four subjects:-
English, Mathematics, Non-verbal Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning.
For more details about each subject go to our 11+ Subjects page.
WHEN DO THE SELECTION TESTS TAKE PLACE ?
The date of a particular selection test to a grammar school varies from area to area, but generally speaking most state grammar schools have their entrance tests between the months of October and February. For example, schools in Essex and Lancashire hold their tests in November. It must be stressed though that certain independent grammar schools may set their tests during other times of the year.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE 11 PLUS EXAM ?
In the first instance, you should contact your child's primary school, who should have all the details to hand. if your child is at a prep. or other private school you could get details from your local Education Authority (see below). Nowadays most local authorities send out details of the 11 plus test in their area to every Year 6 child via the child's primary or prep. school, well in advance of the actual test day. Of course there will be a deadline for your application to be handed in by, which you should make sure you do not miss. If the grammar school you wish you child to apply to is in another area from which you live, it would be advisable to contact the grammar school direct.
A full list of all state grammar schools can be found here.
For details of how to contact your local Education Authority press here.
WHEN ARE THE RESULTS OF THE 11 PLUS PUBLISHED?
This varies according to the local authority. For example the results for Buckinghamshire are published in December, whilst Trafford (Manchester) publishes their results in January. Since 2004 the name of the secondary school your child has been offered a place at, is sent out on 1st March. Obviously some letters arrive sooner than others depending on the post. Your local education authority will be able to give you more details about how this procedure is carried out in your local area. To contact your local education authority press here.