Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

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.


11 Plus Exam Information for Alcester Grammar School


Address: Alcester Grammar School, Birmingham Road, Alcester, B49 5ED

County: Warwickshire

Admissions Info: office@alcestergs.com, 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)


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Alcester Grammar School


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.


Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


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.


Alcester Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


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.


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


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.


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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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