WHAT IS THE 11+ EXAM?

The Eleven plus test (now known as the Selective Entrance Test) is a test given to pupils in their last year of primary school (year 6 in England) and is used as a means to determine whether certain pupils are suited to the academic rigour of grammar school education.

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Pupils are tested in Mathematics, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning, however, some schools such as the Sutton group of grammar school, do not do the Verbal and Non-verbal tests.

What sort of schools have 11+ testing?

Selective state schools, commonly known as grammars, choose their pupils at least in part based on academic ability, whereas comprehensives have only non-ability based criteria for allocating places, such as distance from the school to a prospective pupil’s home or affiliation to a particular religion.

Children who are hoping to attend private secondary schools might also face an 11+ test, set either by an individual school or a consortium of schools. Whilst grammar schools are nowhere near as common as they were fifty or sixty years ago, over 200 still remain, concentrated in a few areas of England and in Northern Ireland where the 11+ is also known as the Transfer Test. There are no remaining selective state grammars in Scotland and Wales.

Can anyone take the 11+ exam?

Grammars have catchment areas that pupils must have lived within,by a set date, to be eligible to take the 11+ exams. Some schools, sometimes known as ‘super-selectives’, have no catchment area at all and anyone living anywhere can apply – selection is solely down to who does best in the exams.

Are children sitting the 11+ interviewed?

Grammar schools no longer interview prospective pupils or their parents. It all comes down to performance in the tests. However, children trying for selective private schools might well be interviewed though.

My child does well at school, they will pass the exams easily, right?

This may not be the case, as standards differ from school to school. While the 11+ exam is based on the National Curriculum, the test are significantly harder and different from the SATs exam, taken at the end of the year 6.

We would always advise parents to look at their National Curriculum levels to get a better idea of your child’s ability. Most teachers will be happy to provide these at parents’ evenings.

Is a tutor really needed?

Some parents find self-tutoring their children works well – with the bonus being that it’s cheaper – but hired help is increasingly common for the 11+. There are quite a lot of considerations here:

Reasons to tutor:
  • A good tutor will know the type of exams at local schools and their questions inside out.
  • They should be able to give you perspective on your child’s chances for the exam
  • Some children are more likely to want to complete work for their tutor than their parents, making it less of a battle.
  • If your child goes to the tutor’s home or office, there might well be fewer distractions around when it comes to getting down to work – no TV, computer games or younger siblings running about.

Why choose us for 11+ tutoring?

• We are qualified teachers with over 20 year of experience between us

• We are DBS checked

• We have developed and created our own curriculum, with a heavy focus on the 11+ exam

• We differentiate all our lessons, continuously challenging our pupils

• We regularly assess and test our pupils using standardised 11+ exams and exam style questions

• We familiarise our pupils with 11+ exams in lessons and through our targeted homework program

• We use 11+ questions as part of our lessons learning objective and success criteria

Grammar school information for the Croydon area:

• Wilson’s School,

• Wallington County Grammar School

• Wallington High School for Girls

• Sutton Grammar School

• Nonsuch Grammar School

• Greenshaw High School (Not actually classed as a grammar school, but is part of the group)

This information is to help you with the selective eligibility test supplementary registration for year 7 entry in september 2018 – click here to start your application.

KEY INFORMATION

• Applications starts now, the closing date for registrations is midnight on Friday 18 August 2017

• Selective Eligibility Test date: Tuesday 19 September 2017

• Any enquiries email: SET2018Entry@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk

In order to complete this online registration, you will need to have the following information to hand:

• Your child’s full details including name, address, date of birth. If your child will be in Year 6 in September 2017 and their date of birth is outside of the range 01/09/2006 to 31/08/2007 inclusive, please call 020 8642 3821 for further advice before commencing your registration.

• A good quality recent (within the last year) digital photo clearly showing your child’s face that you can upload. The photo file will need to be less than 2MB ( which is 2048KB ) in size.

• Name, address (including postcode) and head teacher of your child’s current primary school.

• The name of the local authority to which you pay your council tax.

• Your full details.

Other important dates and information:

Wilson’s School

• A shared second stage test will be held by Sutton Grammar School and Wilson’s School on Saturday 7 October 2017.

• Open Evening will take place on Thursday 29 June 2017 from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.

Wallington High school for girls

• A shared second stage test will be held by Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls on Saturday 30 September 2017

• Open evening will take place on Wednesday 28 June from 4.00-8.30pm.

Wallington County Grammar School

• Wallington County Grammar School do not hold a second stage test.

• Open evening will take place on Thursday 6th July 2017 from 3.30pm – 8.00pm

Sutton Grammar School

• A shared second stage test will be held by Sutton Grammar School and Wilson’s School on Saturday 7 October 2017.

• Open evening will take place on Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 4pm-9pm.

Nonsuch Grammar School

• A shared second stage test will be held by Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls on Saturday 30 September 2017.

• Open evening will take place on Tuesday 11 July 2017 from 4.00pm to 8.30pm

Greenshaw High School

• Greenshaw High School do not hold a second stage test.

• Open evening will take place on Thursday 28th September 2017.

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