Colyton Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Colyton Grammar School, known locally as ‘CGS’, was founded in 1546. Located in Colyford, in East Devon, the school is co-educational and teaches students aged from 11 to 18. The school has a reputation for producing good exam results and has been classified as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED three years running. In 2011, the school became an academy, having previously been maintained by Devon County Council. Colyton Grammar School is also part of the South West Academic Trust, alongside other selective schools across the South West of England. The trust exists to share best practice.


For an insight into what it’s like to study at Colyton Grammar, take a look at this video created by the school.



11 Plus Exam Information for Colyton Grammar School


Address: Colyton Grammar School, Whitwell Lane, Colyford, Colyton, EX24 6HN

County: Devon

Admissions Info: admin@colytongrammar.devon.sch.uk, 01297 552327

School Type: Mixed Grammar

Number of pupils: 806 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: Approximately 120

Open Day Dates: April, July and September

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)


Colyton Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


Entry to Colyton Grammar in Year 7 is determined by student performance in the 11 Plus exam. Candidates who achieve eligible scores are ranked based on performance, with the top students being shortlisted for entry. Although the admission criteria varies from school to school across Devon, each requires parents to complete a Common Application Form (CAF), where they can express interest in at least three schools. Colyton Grammar must be named on the CAF in order for students to be considered for a place.


In cases where there are more eligible applicants than places available, the school uses the following over-subscription criteria to determine priority:


  1. Looked After Children or children, who have previously been in looked after care.
  2. Students who are eligible for Pupil Premium.
  3. Children of staff members.
  4. Rank order of the total score in the 11 Plus tests.
  5. Pupil distance from school.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Colyton Grammar School


In order to apply for Year 7 entry to Colyton Grammar School, parents need to register their child online. The registration form can be accessed here. The form is used to double-check that students meet all the necessary admission criteria to attend the Test Day. Late registrations may still be considered under exceptional circumstances, such as illness etc.


Colyton Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


The entrance exam consists of two papers that last approximately 50 minutes each. Both are multiple choice and split into various timed sections with a break between the two tests.


The exam tests:


  • Verbal ability (verbal reasoning, vocabulary, comprehension)
  • Non-verbal ability (shapes and objects).
  • Numerical ability (maths and problem solving)


There will also be an additional English paper, which lasts for 20 minutes. The paper normally tests creative writing ability and is marked separately by the school.


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


The Colyton Grammar School 11 Plus exam is set by CEM and is multiple choice. Our similarly-styled multiple choice practice papers can really help students get used to the style and format of the actual exam.


There are many benefits to preparing for the entrance test with practice test papers, as schools often don’t do preparation in class. Practice papers can help familiarise students with the layout of the 11 Plus exam and get them used to answering the types of questions that may come up on the day. As the exam approaches, doing timed practice papers can also help improve time management skills.


Practice Papers for the Colyton Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Colyton Grammar School eleven plus exam:


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+ Colyton 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 the CEM 11+ Colyton 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+ Colyton 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 Colyton 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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The information provided about Colyton 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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