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Founded in 1656, Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School is a selective boys’ school offering day and boarding education in Newport, Shropshire. Currently accommodating around 800 pupils, the school celebrated its 350th year in 2006, which saw the completion of a performing arts centre and a new science block. The school has an increasing number of international students, especially from Hong Kong and is a specialist technology and language college.
Adams is regularly listed as one of the top 50 schools in the country and consistently produces good GCSE and A Level results. As a result, the school sees a high number of its graduates attend the Russell Group and Golden Triangle Universities.
11 Plus Exam Information for Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School
Address: Adams Grammar School, High Street, Newport, TF10 7BD
Admissions Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01952 386300
School Type: Boys Grammar
Number of pupils: 800 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 115
Open Day: March
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM (Cambridge Assessment), Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton Consortium
How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School
Applications for 11 Plus entry in Year 7 are completed online. Registration forms are posted on the school admissions page from April until June. Two forms need to be completed for 11 Plus Entry: The Entrance Test Registration Form (online) and the Local Authority Form, also known as a Secondary School Preference Form. The latter document needs to be returned to the local authority directly by the deadline date specified on the form.
Haberdashers’ Adams’ Grammar School Catchment Area
Does Haberdashers’ Adams’ Grammar School have a catchment area?
Yes, Haberdashers’ Adams’ Grammar School does have a priority catchment area, covering the Newport Attendance Area.
Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format
The 11 Plus exam for Adams follows the same structure as other grammar schools in the Wolverhampton and Wrekin region. The exam consists of:
- A Verbal Reasoning paper
- A Non-Verbal Reasoning paper
- A Maths paper (with some multiple-choice questions)
- An English paper (with some multiple-choice questions)
The four papers are split over two tests, each lasting 45 minutes, with each paper divided into individually timed sections.
Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions
Most pupils who attend Adams Grammar, join in Year 7, although the school does admit pupils for both day and boarding in Years 8 and 9, if there are spaces available.
Parents can apply to the school regardless of their address in the UK, as places are awarded based on merit. Day places are determined based on student performance in the entrance examination, with boarding places decided based on the individual needs of the candidate. Applications are open to UK, or EU passport holders.
How to Prepare for the Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?
One of the most effective ways to prepare for the 11 Plus exam is to use practice exam papers. Not only do they help you identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, but they can also help improve their time management skills.
At Exam Papers Plus, all of our practice papers come complete with answers, so you can accurately measure your child’s performance. We have a selection of 11 Plus exam papers to choose from to help your child prepare for entry to Adams Grammar.
We recommend the following resources:
Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section
This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 20 questions. It focuses on time-pressured problem solving with question styles that are known to have been previously used by CEM.
This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 5 sections, with 5 questions in each section. It focuses on a specific type of question that comes up in CEM exams. These questions are based on some form of chart or diagram that the student must use to work out the answers. The answers must be recorded on a separate sheet in a specific manner. This pack includes separate answer sheets so students can get used to recording their responses in this way, just like they will need to do in the 11+ exam for Adams Grammar.
This pack contains 20 tests, each with 10 questions. It focuses on a different CEM question type in which there are multiple possible answer choices provided and the student must pick the correct one for each question. Separate answer sheets are provided so students can get used to recording their responses in this manner.
This pack contains 15 tests, each with 15 questions. It focuses on fundamental arithmetic skills, developing a strong basis that allows students to work through maths questions efficiently and with confidence.
Verbal Reasoning Section
Verbal Reasoning, as defined by CEM, is quite different to how it may be traditionally understood. It includes a number of question types that focus on vocabulary and comprehension as well as some more unusual formats. Each of the packs below focuses on a different skill that is assessed in the Verbal Reasoning section of the CEM 11+ exam.
This pack contains plenty of practice for various question types that crop up frequently in CEM exams. These include questions that assess a student’s grasp of synonyms and antonyms as well as other formats such as shuffled sentences and contextual cloze.
These packs contains plenty of vocabulary practice, specifically designed to match the style used in CEM exams in the ‘Word Choice’ section. There are 24 practice tests in each pack, each with 29 questions. We recommend beginning with Pack 1. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging.
This pack focuses on a specific CEM Verbal Reasoning question type that comes up frequently. It’s relatively unusual and, in our experience, students can find it difficult to get to grips with. There are 20 tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on another common CEM Verbal Reasoning question type. It doesn’t feature in that many 11+ resources so your child may not be too familiar with the format. It assesses the depth of a student’s vocabulary, as well as their understanding of phrases and idioms. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on a CEM question type that targets a student’s knowledge and understanding of adjectives. To do well in this question type, students need to have a broad vocabulary as well as a solid understanding of common phrases and idioms. Furthermore, when there are two or more seemingly possible answers, they need to be able to discern which is the ‘best’, given the context. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on a CEM question type that tests the depth of a student’s vocabulary. These questions can be quite tricky. For example, the superfluous definitions are designed to pose challenges, perhaps defining a homophone of one of the target words. To do well in this question type, students must be confident in their choice of words and their meanings. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction, Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction and Pack 3 focuses on poetry.
This pack focuses on improving inference skills via a series of creative and unusual exercises. Inference skills will be tested in the comprehension section of the CEM 11+ exam.
These packs focus on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. Pack 1 focuses on missing words and Pack 2 focuses on missing sentences.
CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus test for Adams Grammar, focus heavily on assessing a child’s vocabulary. These packs each introduce 200 words within context, helping students to improve both their vocabulary and spelling. This will prove useful for the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging than Pack 1.
Non-Verbal Reasoning Section
This pack covers a number of the question types that are used in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exams such as Matrices, Box Sequences and Exceptions. There are some extension question types as well. Whilst these are not known to be utilised in CEM exams, they will help develop your child’s Non-Verbal reasoning ability, which will stand them in good stead for the exam.
Full Practice Tests
These packs each contain two test papers covering all three topics: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning. Using the official familiarisation material and our deep knowledge of CEM question styles and formats, we’ve created accurate and up to date CEM practice papers that pay attention to all elements including question types, timings, structure, format, question wordings, fonts and design. Answers and Answer Sheets are included so your child can get used to marking their answers as they will need to do in the actual exam.
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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Adams Grammar School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Adams 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.