Alcester Grammar School is a mixed, selective grammar school. Originally established in 1499, the school was known as ‘Newport’s Free School’ before becoming Alcester Grammar in 1912. Located in Alcester, Warwickshire, it was the first in the area to achieve academy status.
As with other grammar schools in Warwickshire, Alcester gives priority to pupils who live within a certain radius of the school. The school currently accepts students from specific locations running from Stratford-Upon-Avon to Long Compton.
Alcester Grammar has a reputation for producing excellent GCSE and A Level results. In 2015, 99% of GCSE students achieved 5 or more A* -C grades in subjects including Maths and English. Previous OFSTED inspections have seen the school graded as Outstanding.
Address: Alcester Grammar School, Birmingham Road, Alcester, B49 5ED
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01789 762 494
School Type: Mixed Grammar
Number of pupils: 943 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 120
Open Day: July
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Warwickshire CEM 11 Plus (University of Durham)
Warwickshire County Council’s Admissions Service, known as Warwickshire Admissions overseas 11 Plus entry to Alcester School. To apply for entry to the school in Year 7, parents need to register their child for the school’s entrance examination by completing the Common Application Form. The deadline for registration is usually in July and the form needs to be handed in to the local authority. The school’s admissions document states that late registrations will not be considered in the first round of placements.
In addition to registering for the exam, Warwickshire Admissions require evidence of the child’s home address. Parents who live in Birmingham need to register for the 11 Plus exam with the grammar schools themselves, rather than the council.
The Alcester Grammar 11 Plus exam consists of two papers that last for approximately 50 minutes each. They contain a mix of standard format and multiple choice questions, covering the following subjects:
The Verbal reasoning exam also has an English component, which includes a comprehension and cloze test. The Maths exam involves a numeracy test, which tests for ability in mental arithmetic, and problem solving questions.
For each paper, students will be given a question booklet and a separate answer sheet, which is marked electronically for accuracy.
Admissions to grammar schools in Warwickshire and Birmingham are managed by ‘The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Consortium’. Both counties share the same test, which takes place on the same date.
Admission to Alcester in Year 7 is decided by the student’s performance in the Eleven Plus exam, in addition to them meeting the location criteria, as outlined above.
As with all entrance tests, it’s best to start preparing early. Creating a revision timetable with your child will help make sure that they cover all the material they’ll need to know for the exam. At Exam Papers Plus, we believe that using practice exam papers early in a child’s revision is one of the most effective ways to get ahead. Not only do they help your child improve their time management skills, but they can also help identify their strengths and weaknesses.
The practice papers that we produce come complete with answers, enabling you to accurately measure your child’s performance and track their improvements in the lead up to the exam. We have several Eleven Plus practice papers that can help your child prepare for entry to Alcester Grammar.
We highly recommend the following resources:
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+ Alcester exam.
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, 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+ Alcester 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+ Alcester exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.
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 Alcester test, 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.
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.
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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The information provided about Alcester 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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