Calday Grange Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Calday Grange Grammar School was founded in 1636. Located in Birkenhead, the school is a non-denominational, selective grammar school. A boys’ grammar, Calday Grange admits students aged between 11 and 18. The school also has a co-educational sixth form. The school is the oldest grammar in the Wirral and gained academy status in 2013.


In 2015, the school achieved a 99.2% A Level pass rate and all students who applied to university were accepted by their first-choice. Sports play a big part in the school with students competing at local, regional and national level.


For an insight into life in Year 7 at Calday Grange Grammar School, check out this promotional video:



11 Plus Exam Information for Calday Grange Grammar School


Address: Calday Grange Grammar School, Grammar School Lane, Birkenhead, CH48 8GG

County: Wirral

Admissions Info: theschool@calday.co.uk, 0151 625 2727

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1300+ (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 200

Open Day Date: November and March

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Durham University)


Calday Grange Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


Calday Grange admits students from all areas of the Wirral and welcomes students from surrounding areas to apply for entry in Year 7. Admission to the school is based on student performance in the 11 Plus exam. Students who attend a primary school in Wirral will take the test at their school, and pupils who live out with the county can take the test at one of the four Wirral selective schools.


It’s worth noting however, that good performance in the 11 Plus exam does not guarantee a place at the school. The 11 Plus exam is administered by the Wirral Consortium of Schools and follows the CEM Durham University exam format.


In cases where a pupil performance in the exam has been affected by illness, or other exceptional circumstances, parents can write to the school in explanation. The information will be considered by the Independent Assessment Board and parents will be notified of the outcome.


The school’s full admissions policy can be downloaded from their website, here.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Calday Grange Grammar School


In order to apply for Year 7 entry to Calday Grange, in the first instance, parents are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form. Afterwards, parents and students will be invited to an informal meeting with other interested families. These meetings aim to give parents and pupils a general overview of the school and more information on the admission procedure.


The next step in the application process is to attend a Taster Day. Here, students and parents will have the opportunity to meet the school staff, attend lessons and tour the school grounds.


After attending the Taster Day, if students are keen to attend the school, parents need to complete the school registration form, which is available directly from the school.


Calday Grange Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


The 11 Plus exam at Calday Grange Grammar School consists of two tests that will cover Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Ability.


Each test lasts approximately 50 minutes and contains a mixture of multiple choice and standard format questions. Test results are age-standardised to ensure that no pupil has an advantage based on their age.


How to Prepare for the Calday Grange Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?


The most effective approach to studying for the 11 Plus exam is to prepare well in advance of the exam date. The sooner your child starts studying for the tests, the more time they’ll have to improve their overall performance.


It’s a good idea for parents to create a study timetable with their child to ensure that they cover everything they’ll need to know. In addition, we recommend introducing practice exam papers early. Not only do practice papers enable you to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, but they can help your child become familiar with the exam layout and the types of questions they may be asked.


As exam day approaches, you should encourage your child to do timed practice papers under exam conditions. This will help them get used to answering questions under pressure.


Practice Papers for the Calday Grange Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


For those sitting the Calday Grange Grammar School eleven plus exam, we recommend the following resources:


Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section


11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.


11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (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+ Calday Grange exam.


11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.


11+ Mental Arithmetic

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 CEM 11+ Calday Grange exam.


11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

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.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

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.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM) Pack 1

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.


11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Calday Grange exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.


11+ Cloze (CEM)

This pack focuses on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. The pack covers three different variations, with 21 tests in total.


11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Wirral 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.


Non-Verbal Reasoning Section


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

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


11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

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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