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Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

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Introduction

 

Alcester Grammar School (AGS) is a high-achieving co-ed selective grammar school in Alcester, Warwickshire. Originally established in 1499, it was known as ‘Newport’s Free School’ before becoming Alcester Grammar in 1912. [1]

 

AGS was the first school in the area to achieve academy status and currently educates over 1000 students. Its curriculum features many relevant subject options, including mathematics, DT, business, computing and MFL, enabling pupils to develop into agile thinkers with broad foundations of knowledge. 

 

AGS also provides a rich extracurricular programme, targeting pupils’ non-academic and social interests. Quiz Club, chess, athletics, Chinese Kickboxing, jazz band, rowing and tennis are just some of the available activities. Combined with annual trips to Iceland, Finland, Italy and many other exciting destinations, extracurriculars boost the quality of school life and transform the learning experience into a memorable journey of self-discovery. [2]

 

Alcester Grammar has a reputation for producing excellent GCSE and A Level results.  In recent years, 52% of pupils achieved grades 9-8 and almost all students achieved 9-4 in all subjects. Ofsted characterised AGS’ provision as ‘Outstanding’, praising the school’s ethos and quality of teaching, as well as pupils’ achievements.

 

All on-site endeavours are focused on fostering respect and honesty in parallel with social and cultural inclusivity, ensuring that the learning environment is both harmonious and cooperative. This helps facilitate not only the cohort’s academic advancement but also the development of their critical life skills. 

 

Furthermore, pupils are encouraged to actively contribute to their communities, shaping a culture of empathy, solidarity and mutual support. In this and many other ways, Alcester Grammar plays a pivotal role in moulding students into responsible citizens, effectively preparing them for the array of challenges and opportunities that lie beyond the school gates.

 

Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

 

Address: Birmingham Road, Alcester, B49 5ED

County: Warwickshire

Admissions info: office@alcestergs.com, 01789 762494

School type: Mixed grammar

Number of places in Year 7: 150

Open day: June

Exam date: September

Pass mark: Aim for 80-85%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.

Exam type / Board: West Midlands Partnership (GL Assessment)

 

Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

AGS has 150 available places in Year 7. Prospective families are kindly advised to visit the school in the initial stages of the admissions process to learn whether it is a good fit for their child. Open Evening typically takes place in June, allowing you to familiarise with AGS’ admissions process and overall offering.

 

If there are more applicants than available places, the school will use its oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  • Looked After or previously Looked After children who achieved the minimum academic standard or above in the 11 Plus
  • Recipients of Pupil Premium who achieved the minimum academic standard or above
  • Children who live within the priority area and who have achieved the qualifying score or above
  • Children who live outside the priority area and who have achieved the qualifying score or above
  • Children who achieve below the qualifying score, but above the required minimum academic standard.

 

For more details about Alcester Grammar’s admissions criteria, please visit this page. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:

 

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus (11+) Entry to Alcester Grammar School

 

Alcester Grammar School, as part of the West Midlands Grammar School Consortium, opens its application process in May. To ensure consideration, your application must be submitted via the registration portal no later than the deadline in June.

 

Don’t forget to also lodge an application with your Local Authority (LA). This requires the submission of the LA Preference Form, in which you need to rank your school preferences. If AGS isn’t amongst the schools you’ve listed, it will unfortunately exclude your child from potential admission.

 

You can anticipate the receipt of your child’s results in October. Formal offers are made in March.

 

Alcester Grammar School Catchment Area

 

Does Alcester Grammar School have a catchment area?

 

Yes, they do. For Alcester Grammar School, the priority catchment area is based on a circle with a radius of 16.885 miles drawn from the Fountain in Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon to the County boundary south of Long Compton.

 

Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus exam consists of two test papers, each lasting approximately 60 minutes. They cover:

 

  • English Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal + Spatial Reasoning

 

The English Comprehension paper examines comprehension skills, including inference. There will be no writing component.

 

The Verbal Reasoning section of the exam assesses logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.

 

The maths paper measures problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.

 

The exam will also cover Non-Verbal Reasoning or Spatial Reasoning, both testing logic and intelligence.

 

Results from the Alcester Grammar 11 Plus will be available to parents online in October, with final Year 7 place allocations published in March the following year.

 

How to Prepare for the Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam?

 

The Alcester Grammar School 11+ exam is highly competitive. We, therefore, encourage you to use our resources as part of your child’s exam preparation process.

 

Practice tests will help your child understand the exam structure and familiarise themselves with the type of questions they will face on the big day.

 

Regular practice with our resources assists in identifying your child’s strengths and weak areas, allowing you to tailor your efforts and get the most out of your valuable revision time. This structured method alleviates exam anxiety and provides students with a distinct edge over other candidates. 

 

Our practice tests are practical, efficient and help streamline the preparation process, making it less daunting and more manageable. They are used successfully by thousands of students annually, so they are tried and tested!

 

Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores

 

Alcester Grammar does not provide information about raw scores, except that they will be age-standardised, ensuring that each student is assessed fairly.

 

Pupils who are able to score 80-85%+ consistently in our 11+ practice tests should be on track to pass the 11+ Alcester Grammar test.

 

Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Alcester Grammar 11+ exam. Please click here to learn more.

 

Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Practice Exam Papers

 

The resources listed below are specifically designed to help students prepare for the Alcester Grammar School 11+ Exam. They cover every aspect of the exam, which is created by GL Assessment.

 

All question types that could come up in the actual exam are addressed across English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.

 

Most of the products below also come with detailed video tutorials to accompany every question. These allow your child to quickly learn from their mistakes and understand the most effective techniques to approach any question that could come up in their exam.

 

Full Practice Tests

 

The following practice tests are specifically designed to help your child prepare for the West Midlands 11+ Exam, used by Alcester Grammar School for Year 7 entry. They provide excellent mock exam preparation, highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses:

 

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English Comprehension

 

Skill Practice Tests 

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in GL Assessment 11+ English exams, such as the Alcester Grammar School assessment. The timings and types of passages used are typical of what you can expect in the actual exam.

 

11+ Comprehension – Pack 1

11+ Comprehension – Pack 2

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Verbal Reasoning

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in the Alcester Grammar School 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level.  Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 3

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 4

 

Skill Specific Practice

If you find that certain Verbal Reasoning question types are particularly challenging for your child, the packs below will prove ideal. They provide targeted practice to drill down and focus on specific question formats. All of the types of questions listed below could feature in the Alcester Grammar School 11+ exam. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Anagrams

11+ Analogies

11+ Codes

11+ Compound Words

11+ Embedded Words

11+ Form a Word

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11+ Letter Analogies

11+ Letter Calculations

11+ Letter Codes

11+ Letter Grids

11+ Letter Sequences

11+ Move a Letter

11+ Number Analogies

11+ Number Calculations

11+ Number Sequences

11+ Related Words

11+ Rhyming Synonyms

11+ Shuffled Sentences

11+ Synonyms

11+ Word Completion

11+ Word Match

11+ Word Opposites

11+ Word Pairs

11+ Word Puzzles

11+ Word Relationships

Masterclasses

11+ Verbal Reasoning Masterclass

 

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Mathematics

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in the Alcester Grammar School 11+ Mathematics exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

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11+ Maths – Pack 2

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Skill Specific Practice

If you find that certain Maths topics are particularly challenging for your child, the packs below will prove ideal. They provide targeted practice to drill down and focus on specific sections of the syllabus. All of the topics listed below could feature in the Alcester Grammar School 11+ exam. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Algebra

11+ Angles & Degrees

11+ BODMAS

11+ Estimation & Place Value

11+ Factors & Multiples

11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

11+ Measurements

11+ Money

11+ Operations

11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume

11+ Position & Direction

11+ Probability

11+ Problem Solving – Pack 1

11+ Problem Solving – Pack 2

11+ Properties of Shapes

11+ Ratio & Proportion

11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry

11+ Sequences

11+ Special Numbers

11+ Speed, Distance & Time

11+ Statistics

 

Masterclasses

This set of tutorial videos provides a great overview of the 11+ Maths syllabus, teaching your child the key skills they need to master.

 

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Non-Verbal Reasoning

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will expose your child to all the key question types used in the Alcester Grammar School 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level.

 

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Skill Specific Practice

If your child struggles with certain types of Non-Verbal Reasoning questions, these packs will prove ideal. Each one focuses on a specific question type, providing efficient and effective practice. This range of packs covers all the possible Non-Verbal Reasoning question types that could come up in the Alcester Grammar School 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam. Each pack includes explanations for every question, so your child can learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Analogies

11+ Classes Like

11+ Classes Unlike

11+ Extended Series

11+ Figure Classification

11+ Figure Matrices

11+ Horizontal Codes

11+ Series

11+ Triangle Matrices

11+ Triangle Series

11+ Star Matrices

11+ Vertical Codes

 

Masterclasses

This set of tutorial videos provides a great overview of the 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning syllabus, teaching your child the key skills they need to master. The questions in this Masterclass have been exclusively created for us by one of the experts who write the questions for the actual Alcester Grammar School 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam.

 

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Spatial Reasoning

 

Full & Skill Practice Tests

These packs will expose your child to all the key question types used in the Alcester Grammar School 11+ Spatial Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level. Many of these questions have been exclusively created for us by one of the experts who write the questions for the actual West Midlands 11+ Spatial Reasoning exam. Some of these question types are brand new and you won’t find them in any other practice resource!

 

– This pack covers all of the key GL Assessment Spatial Reasoning question types that are known to come up in the test:

 

11+ Spatial Reasoning – Pack 1

 

– These packs each focus on one of these question types and provide further, targeted practice so you can drill down on weaker areas:

 

11+ Block Counting

11+ Combining Shapes

11+ Fold & Punch

11+ Folding Cubes

11+ Hidden Shapes

11+ Shape Completion

11+ Spinning Shapes

11+ Rotation

 

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Alcester Grammar School 11+ past papers. 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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