11 Plus Grammar School Consortiums – What you need to know



A consortium is a group of two or more schools that use the same application and examination process. This simplifies the application process for schools, parents and students. Schools in a Consortium tend to be in the same region as one another.


There are around 25 formal and informal Consortia of schools currently operating in the country, overlooking the Year 7 admission of pupils to grammar schools in the specified regions. Formal consortia are listed below:


Grammar School Consortia (by regions)


1. The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex, or CSSE, includes 10 grammar schools from the Essex area, admitting pupils through an exam that covers English and Maths. 


2. The schools in the  Birmingham Grammar School Consortium use the CEM format exam (created by Cambridge Assessment). This Consortium comprises eight grammar schools operating in the region.


3. In the Berkshire Consortium, 11+ admission to Kendrick School and Reading School for Boys is also through CEM, an exam covering Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical skills.


4. In the South West Herts Consortium, the 11 Plus exam consists of a test for Maths and a Verbal Reasoning paper, both set by GL Assessment.


5. There are currently four grammar schools in the Slough Grammar School ConsortiumLangley Grammar School, Herschel Grammar School, St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School, all administer the 11+ exam in CEM format, testing skills in Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning.


6. The Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton includes five schools, which use CEM for their eleven plus. The registration deadline is in July.


7. Gloucestershire Grammar Schools also use the 11+ exam from CEM. Admission to all seven schools is coordinated by Gloucestershire County Council. 


8. The Kent Consortium is made up of the most schools (31), as Kent is currently the largest grammar school region in the country. The exam has three sections: the first tests students’ reasoning abilities; the second covers English and Maths, whilst the third consists of a creative writing task.


9. There are six grammar schools in the Medway region. The exam for the Medway Consortium tests Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English.


10. The Buckinghamshire Grammar School Consortium covers a total of 13 schools, which admit pupils on the grounds of performance in the Secondary Transfer Test (SET). There are two test papers: the first tests students’ comprehension, Technical English and Verbal Reasoning skills. The second test paper consists of Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Maths questions. 


11. Lincolnshire Grammar School Consortium is one of the larger consortiums, consisting of 15 grammar schools. Their eleven plus test consists of two multiple-choice papers that test Verbal, Non-Verbal and Spatial Reasoning.


12. There are four schools within the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium. They use CEM for their 11+ exam, testing Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical skills.


13. The Bexley Grammar Schools Consortium unites four schools: Bexley Grammar School, Beths Grammar School, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School and Townley Grammar School. Their exam is also in CEM Format, examining pupils’ skills in Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.


14. In the South West region, there are four schools included in the Dorset Grammar School Consortium. Those are: Bournemouth School, Bournemouth School for Girls, Parkstone Grammar School and Poole Grammar School. Their 11 Plus exam covers three multiple-choice tests for Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning.


15. The Warwickshire Grammar Schools Consortium is made up of five schools. They all use CEM for their 11+ exam.


16. In the (London Borough of) Redbridge Consortium, there are only two grammar schools: Ilford County High School and Woodford County High School for Girls. The 11+ exam there is also in CEM format, examining Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning skills.


17. Wandsworth Schools (not officially grammar schools) administer a test prepared by GL Assessment, which has two parts: a Non-Verbal Reasoning section, which lasts for 55 minutes, and a Verbal Reasoning section, which lasts for 50 minutes.



The following schools are in the same region, but are not formally considered consortia because they don’t necessarily administer the same exam.



18. The Hertfordshire Grammar Schools include schools in the Barnet and Enfield area. Henrietta Barnett School (Barnet), Queen Elizabeth’s School (Barnet) and The Latymer School (Enfield) admit pupils on the basis of performance in the 11+ exam. It’s worth noting that these schools do not share an examination. It varies at each school. 


19. There are currently two grammar schools located in the London Borough of Bromley. Bromley Grammar Schools include Newstead Wood School, whose 11+ exam is in a multiple-choice format, and St. Olave’s Grammar School, who administer the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) and a second round test.


20. There are seven grammar schools in Devon, with three Local Authorities (LA) involved in admissions: Devon County Council, Plymouth and Torbay, making the admissions process a bit confusing. In line with this, examinations differ too, as Devon and Torbay use CEM (Cambridge Assessment), whilst Plymouth uses GL Assessment.


21. There are five schools in the Lancashire and Cumbria group. The 11+ exam is different in the two regions, with Lancashire operating GL Assessment and Cumbria opting for CEM.


22. The Surrey Grammar Schools represent schools divided between two areas of the county: Kingston-upon-Thames and Sutton. The exam in these two areas differs, although it is a two-stage exam in almost all schools. The first round test in the Sutton schools (The Selective Eligibility Test) is a shared assessment, as is the first round test at both Tiffin schools.


23. There are two selective grammar schools in the Wiltshire region: Bishop Wordsworth’s School and South Wiltshire Grammar School for Girls. Bishop Wordsworth’s use CEM, whilst South Wilts opt for GL Assessment.


24. Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools include six grammar schools in the Wirral region, and one in Liverpool. The admissions process here can go via the LA or the school of choice, depending on the area. Almost all Wirral Schools use GL Assessment, whilst The Blue Coat School in Liverpool use their own papers.


25. There are six grammar schools in Yorkshire, split across three Local Authorities. In Calderdale and North Yorkshire, schools use GL Assessment and their own papers for the 11+ exam, whilst Kirklees schools use CEM.



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