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11 plus (11+) Exam – Manchester Grammar School – What you need to know

The Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

Assessment and Entrance Exam Information

 

The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) was named Independent Secondary School of the Year for the North West in The Sunday TimesSchools Guide 2018. It is an independent day school for boys aged 7 to 18, located in the Rusholme area of south-east Manchester.

 

Founded by the Bishop of Exeter in 1515, the school has over 500 years of history. It has an excellent academic reputation, with students studying for IGCSEs rather than GCSEs and, in the sixth form, there is the option to work towards Cambridge Pre-U qualifications as well as A-levels.  In 2018, 91% of IGCSE grades awarded to MGS students were A*– A / 9–7.

 

Alongside its traditional academic curriculum, MGS fosters talent in many other areas, particularly sport, music and drama.

 

You can take virtual tour of the school on its website.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Manchester Grammar School

 

Address: The Manchester Grammar School, Old Hall Lane, Manchester, M14 6HL

County: Greater Manchester
Admissions info
: k.heathcote@mgs.orgor 0161 224 7201 ext. 234

School Type: Boys’ independent day school

Number of Students: 1500 (approx.)

Open Day Date: May

Exam Date: January

Exam Type / Board: School’s own

 

Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions

 

The Manchester Grammar School holds assessment days for all prospective students. Each boy spends a day at the school, during which they attend lessons and participate in various group activities. The lessons are in maths and one other subject and focus on new topics that the boys will not have been taught yet. Throughout the day, the boys will be assessed on what they have learnt and asked to complete a piece of creative writing. The Manchester Grammar School uses this type of assessment as it gives a good insight into how well each boy is suited to the school’s approach to education and it plays an important part in the selection process.

 

The entrance exam itself takes place in January and consists of formal papers in English and arithmetic. A reference is also required from each boy’s current school.

 

The school has compiled a useful list of FAQsrelating to admissions on its website and a copy of its admissions policyis available for download.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Manchester Grammar School

 

The Manchester Grammar School holds an open day for prospective students and their parents in early May. However, personal tours can be arranged through the Admissions Manager: k.heathcote@mgs.orgor 0161 224 7201 ext. 234.

 

If you would like your son to be assessed for entry to MGS, you must complete an application for admissionform by the deadline in mid-November. There is a registration fee of £40.

 

On receipt of application, the school will contact your son’s current school to request a reference and will send you details of the assessment day and examination day in due course.

 

The school does not offer any academic scholarships but means-tested bursariesare available.

 

Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The Manchester Grammar School entrance exam consists of the following papers:

  • English A (30 minutes): grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary, comprehension and some data handling and/or reasoning-type questions
  • English B (45 minutes + 5 minutes reading time): comprehension
  • Arithmetic A (30 minutes): short arithmetic and problem-solving questions
  • Arithmetic B (1 hour): multi-part problem-solving questions

 

Calculators cannot be used for the maths papers.

 

How to Prepare for Manchester Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

 

Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Manchester Grammar School entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.

 

To prepare for the MGSEnglish papers and the creative writing task (completed during the assessment day), we would recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:

 

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 1

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 2

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 3

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

11+ English: Writing Prompts

 

The follow verbal reasoning papers will also help to ensure thorough preparation for English Paper A, which has included logic and reasoning-style questions in the past:

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

 

To prepare for the maths papers, which tend to be quite challenging, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:

 

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 1

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 2

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 3

11+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

 

Other Entry Points: 7+, 13+ and 16+. Places at other ages arise, subject to availability – known as Late Entry. Please contact the school’s admissions department for further information. Bursaries are not available to Late Entry applicants.

 

The information provided about Manchester Grammar School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

 

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