What are Grammar Schools?

Grammar schools are academically-oriented and selective state-run schools. They remain a popular choice for secondary education and the 164 Grammar Schools in England are heavily applied to for Year 7 entry. Your child is required to pass a series of entrance examinations (known as the 11 Plus) if they are to attend one of these schools. Entry criteria is governed by the School Admissions code and from this criteria, individual grammar schools set their own policies of admission.

The majority of Grammar Schools base their admissions policies upon 3 key factors:

  1. Results in the 11 Plus / Entrance Exam
  2. Catchment Areas
  3. Relationship To The School

These three factors are summarised below:

 

11 Plus / Entrance Exam Results:

Grammar Schools test a variety of English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning in their entrance examinations. Schools which are part of a consortium will use the same examination to assess candidates. This means that students will often sit one exam for entry into multiple schools, rather than being required to sit individual tests for each individual school. Students will have to receive a minimum mark in each subject to be considered by their prospective schools; most will allocate places by the ranking of candidates – the highest score downwards until all spaces are filled. They may also use elements of the 11 Plus exam as a tie-breaker of sorts – they will assess individual papers to decide between two otherwise equal applications. Our Saturday Classes and Half-Term Intensive Courses are designed to enable your child to reach their full potential in these tests.

 

Catchment Area:

For many Grammar Schools, there is a pre-defined area by the school that is given priority of placement. This can be either boroughs or a specific set of postcodes. Local Authorities will publish all important information regarding catchment areas. Some schools will take catchment areas one step further and will allocate places depending on the physical distance from a child’s home to the main entrance of the school. If you are unsure as to whether these rules apply for schools you are interested in, ask the school directly; Admissions Officers must inform parents of historical allocation distances so to provide an indication of whether this is a reliable insight into a particular school’s admissions.

 

Relationship to the School:

A large number of Grammar Schools have a Sibling Policy in action when assessing applications. This gives priority to candidates who already have an older brother or sister attending the school. In some cases, places are also given to pupils whose parents or close relatives work at the school. However, it is important to know that the Sibling Policy or a special relationship to the school is not a sure-fire way to gain acceptance to a school. These candidates will still be evaluated according to the same criteria as all other applicants and must follow all of the same procedures.

 

Other Factors:

Although these are three major factors that Grammar Schools take into consideration, schools can also make decisions based upon religion (if it is aligned with a particular religion), aptitude (for example, if they value sports or music ability highly) or other special circumstances.

 

Applying to Grammar Schools:

After choosing your prospective schools, you should attend the opens days, ensure you are fully registered to apply and then take your child to the necessary entrance examinations and interviews. As Covid-19 has affected several schools entrance examination dates, we have collated the changes in an easy to read table for your convenience.

COUNTYSCHOOL NAMEGENDERREGISTRATION DEADLINECATCHMENTSUBJECTS TESTED2021 TEST DATE
Kingston Upon ThamesTiffin SchoolBoysThursday 15 July 2021Inner Priority area children first - 10km from school

If space then Outer Priority area - between 10km and 14km from school
Stage One - English and Maths (multiple choice)

Stage Two - Maths and English (written)
Thursday 30 September 2021

Friday 12 November 2021
Kingston Upon ThamesThe Tiffins' Girls SchoolGirlsThursday 15 July 2021 Inner Priority area children first - 10km from school

If space then Outer Priority area - between 10km and 14km from school
Stage One - English and Maths multiple choice

Stage Two - English and Maths written tests
Thursday 30th September - Stage One

Friday 12th November 2021 - Stage Two
BromleySt Olave's Grammar SchoolBoysMonday 5th July 2021NoneStage One - Logic, Maths, EnglishFriday, 17 September 2021 - Stage One

Friday, 12 November 2021 - Stage Two
BromleyNewstead Wood SchoolGirlsFriday 28 May 20219 mile radius of schoolVerbal and Non verbal reasoning24/25 September 2021
SuttonWilson's SchoolBoysFriday 13 August 2021NoneStage One (SET) - English and Maths multiple choice

Stage Two - English and Maths written tests
Tuesday 14th September 2021 - Stage one (SET)

Saturday 2nd October 2021 - Stage Two
SuttonWallington County Grammar SchoolBoysFriday 13 August 2021110 places in rank order irrespective of address

15 places for those in SM1, SM2, SM3, SM4, SM5, SM6, SM7
(SET) - English and Maths multiple choiceTuesday 14th September 2021 - Stage one (SET)
SuttonSutton Grammar SchoolBoysFriday 13 August 202175 places - home address is in these postcodes (SM1-7, KT4, KT17, CR0 4-
-, CR4)

Up to 60 places of any postcode
Stage One (SET) - English and Maths multiple choice

Stage Two - English and Maths written tests
Tuesday 14th September 2021 - Stage one (SET)

Saturday 2nd October 2021 - Stage Two
SuttonNonsuch SchoolGirlsFriday 13 August 2021Top 85 places irrespective of address

110 children within 5.25km from school
Stage One (SET) - English and Maths multiple choice

Stage Two - English and Maths written tests
Tuesday 14th September 2021 - Stage one (SET)

Saturday 25th September 2021 - Stage Two
SuttonWallington High School for GirlsGirlsFriday 13 August 2021Top 100 places irrespective of address

110 places within 6.7km radius of school
Stage One (SET) - English and Maths multiple choice

Stage Two - English and Maths written tests
Tuesday 14th September 2021 - Stage one (SET)

Saturday 25th September 2021 - Stage Two
BexleyTownley Grammar school GirlsFriday 2 July 2021180 places irrespective of address

Closest distance to school - remaining places
Maths, Verbal reasoning, Non verbal reasoningMonday 13th September 2021
BexleyBexley Grammar SchoolMixedFriday 2 July 2021180 places irrespective of address

Closest distance to school - remaining places
Maths, Verbal reasoning, Non verbal reasoningMonday 13th September 2021
BexleyBeths Grammar SchoolBoysFriday 2 July 2021180 places irrespective of address

Closest distance to school - remaining places
Maths, Verbal reasoning, Non verbal reasoningMonday 13th September 2021
BexleyChiselhurst and SidcupMixedFriday 2 July 2021180 places irrespective of address

Closest distance to school - remaining places
Maths, Verbal reasoning, Non verbal reasoningMonday 13th September 2021
RedbridgeWoodford County High SchoolGirlsWednesday 23 June 2021180 places to those living in common catchment areaMaths, English, Non verbal reasoning, Verbal reasoning (All Cem)Saturday 18 September 2021
RedbridgeIlford County High SchoolBoysWednesday 23 June 2021Children living closest to schoolMaths, English, Non verbal reasoning, Verbal reasoning (All Cem)Saturday 18 September 2021
BarnetHenrietta Barnett SchoolGirlsWednesday 21st July 2021104 places to those who live within 3 miles of the schoolStage One - Verbal reasoning, non verbal reasoning and English

Stage Two - English and Maths
Wednesday 30th September to Friday 2nd October
BarnetQueen Elizabeth’s SchoolBoysMonday 16th July 2021NoneMaths and English - multiple choiceWednesday 15th September 2021
BarnetSt Michael’s Catholic Grammar SchoolGirlsTuesday 6 July 2021None - but baptised Catholic is criteriaMaths, Verbal reasoning, Non verbal reasoning (all GL)Friday 10 September 2021
BarnetThe Latymer SchoolMixedThursday 8 July 2021192 places awarded to these postcodes : E2, E4, E5, E8, E9, E17,EN1, EN2, EN3, EN4, EN5 (Sectors 1, 2, 4, 5 only), EN8 (Sectors 7, 8, 9 only), N1 (not N1C), N2, N3, N4, N5, N6,
N7, N8, N9, N10, N11, N12, N13, N14, N15, N16, N17, N18, N19, N20, N21, N22.
Mathematics (GL), Verbal Reasoning (GL) and English (written by school)Friday 3 September, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September 2021
KentTonbridge Grammar School for GirlsGirlsThursday 1st July 202135 places to highest scores irrespective of address

135 places to those in Tonbridge & Malling Borough, Tunbridge
Wells Borough and Sevenoaks District

English, Maths, reasoning9 September 2021 or 11th September 2021
KentDartford Grammar School for Girls GirlsThursday 1st July 202180 places to highest
scores irrespective of address

100 places to those in Dartford: Ash-cum-Ridley , Fawkham, Stone,
Bean, Hartley, Sutton at Hone and Hawley,
Crockenhill, Hextable, Swanley,
Darenth, Horton Kirby and South Darenth Swanscombe and Greenhithe
Eynsford Longfield and New Barn West Kingsdown
Farningham Southfleet Wilmington
English, Maths, reasoning9 September 2021 or 11th September 2021
Kent Skinners SchoolBoysThursday 1st July 202120 places to highest scores irrespecive of address

1four0 places to West Kent: Badgers Mount Bidborough Brasted
Brenchley Capel Chevening
Chiddingstone Cowden Dunton Green
Edenbridge Goudhurst Hadlow
Halstead Hever Hildenborough
Horsmonden Ightham Kemsing
Knockholt Lamberhurst Leigh
Otford Paddock Wood Pembury
Penshurst Plaxtol Riverhead
Rusthall Seal Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks Weald Shipbourne Shoreham
Southborough Speldhurst Sundridge with Ide Hill
Tonbridge Tunbridge Wells Westerham
English, Maths, reasoning9 September 2021 or 11th September 2021
KentThe Judd SchoolBoysThursday 1st July 202123 places to highest scorers irrespective of address

157 places to those living in the Inner Area:
TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN8, TN9, TN10, TN11, TN12, TN13, TN14, TN15, ME18, ME19, TN16 1**, TN16 2**, DA4 0**, Halstead

English, Maths, reasoning9 September 2021 or 11th September 2021
KentWeald of Kent Grammar SchoolGirlsThursday 1st July 2021Priority given to students living in: Tonbridge Town, the District of Sevenoaks, and the Parishes of Ightham, Ivy Hatch, Kings Hill,
Pembury, Platt and St Mary’s Platt, Plaxtol and Shipbourne.
English, Maths, reasoning9 September 2021 or 11th September 2021

 

Please note: the information in the table may be inaccurate due to updated changes from schools. Please ensure you always check the school’s website for accurate information. 

 

If you have any other questions or queries regarding entry into London Grammar Schools, or need help/advice on choosing the right school for your child, feel free to call us on 0208 384 2792 or email info@11pluslondon.co.uk