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7 Plus (7+) Exam – Manchester Grammar School (MGS) – Key Admissions Details 2024


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Manchester Grammar School (MGS) is a prestigious independent day school that caters for boys exclusively. It is the largest of its kind in the country, providing quality education since its conception in 1515. Throughout the centuries, the school has grown and expanded, producing a number of notable alumni in the process. [1]


In the Junior division, the academic provision is focused on inspiring inquisitiveness, problem-solving and risk-taking. The standard of teaching is exceptionally high and the cohort’s commitment to hard work is exemplary, resulting in strong outcomes across a variety of disciplines.


Beyond the classroom, boys benefit from a rich programme of extracurriculars, including everything from gardening and orchestra to cricket and choir. These provide opportunities for pupils to develop new interests, maximise the quality of their interactions with peers and make the most out of the well-rounded educational experience that MGS is widely recognised for. [2]


Watch the video below to learn more about Manchester Grammar’s rich history and extensive offering:



Manchester Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Old Hall Lane, Manchester, M13 0XT

County: Greater Manchester

Admissions info: or 0161 224 7201 ext 234

School type: Independent day school for boys

Open events: September, November, May

8+ Exam date: September to January of Year 2


Manchester Grammar School (MGS) 7 Plus (7+) Open Days


MGS holds Open Events throughout the year, allowing families to learn about the school’s philosophy and overall offering through presentations, meetings and tours of facilities. Personal visits can also be scheduled. For more details, please reach out to the Admissions Team. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:



Manchester Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


The deadline for registration for MGS Junior School 7+ entry is in November of the year preceding entry, while your child is in Year 2. The registration form can be accessed on this page and should be submitted with a payment of a £40  non-refundable fee.


MGS admits boys on the basis of academic ability. As part of the admissions process, a report from their current school will be obtained and reviewed.


MGS sends out offers in January, to be accepted by the deadline in February. Please note that acceptance of a place includes a payment of a deposit.


Manchester Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Bursaries and Scholarships


Bursary places are available for boys joining MGS Junior School in Year 3. This type of fee assistance is based on the total gross income of the household in which the pupil lives and is on a sliding scale.


Typically, parents with an assessable income in excess of £54,000 would not receive financial assistance, whilst those with income of £30,000 or less would receive full remission of fees. Family incomes are reviewed annually and the value of a bursary is adjusted accordingly.


Manchester Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


Boys are usually assessed in small groups of between eight and twelve. They are asked to take part in a range of activities and tasks to ascertain potential. They should be able to manipulate numbers, work with texts, think creatively, solve puzzles and interact in a group situation.


Assessment lessons include maths and a topic-based lesson. Short tests are then set to test the knowledge just learnt. Lesson content is purposefully based on areas boys will not have studied before, as the school is looking to identify potential rather than prior learning. This also puts all boys on an equal basis during the assessment. A creative writing task is also set.


Assessment days take place throughout the academic year, there is no set date. However, places fill up in each year group relatively quickly, so the school advises that applications are made in good time to give the best possible chance of gaining an offer.


Manchester Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core Maths and English skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the Manchester Grammar School 7+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about comprehension and writing:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


Comprehension Guide


This guide covers all the key comprehension question types in a clear, step-by-step manner so that both you and your child know exactly what to expect on exam day.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


Writing Guide


Starting from the foundational basics, this guide works its way through all the key skills your child needs to develop to become an excellent writer within the framework of what’s expected at the 7+ level.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.




The following 7+ packs will help your child develop the key skills needed to do well in the mathematics section of the Manchester Grammar School entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


Each of the following skill practice 7+ mathematics packs focuses on just one specific topic, covering all the possible variations your child may face on exam day:


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

7+ Mathematics: Addition & Subtraction

7+ Mathematics: Multiplication & Division

7+ Mathematics: Geometry

7+ Mathematics: Number & Place Value

7+ Mathematics: Measurement

7+ Mathematics: Fractions

7+ Mathematics: Statistics


Mathematics Guide


This guide covers the full 7+ maths syllabus step-by-step, teaching your child everything they need to know in a fun and interactive manner.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics




To help your child master Reasoning skills ahead of the Manchester Grammar School 7+ exam, we highly recommend the following resources:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Reasoning Pack 1

7+ Reasoning Pack 2

7+ Reasoning Pack 3

7+ Reasoning Pack 4

7+ Reasoning Pack 5


Reasoning Guides


The following guides cover everything your child needs to know to ace 7+ Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning exams. They are packed with insights, tips and advice to help your child develop the key frameworks needed to succeed.


The Complete Guide to 7+ Verbal Reasoning

The Complete Guide to 7+ Non-Verbal Reasoning




Manchester Grammar School is keen to find students who can listen to instructions, process information and respond accurately. This pack will help develop these key skills:


7+ Listening Pack 1



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Destination Schools at 11+ : It is expected that every boy who attends MGS Junior School will be offered a place at the Senior School.



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Manchester Grammar School (MGS) 7+ past papers. The information provided about Manchester Grammar School (MGS) 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.


Other entry points for Manchester Grammar School:


Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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