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.


We specifically recommend the following resources to prepare for the Colyton Eleven Plus exam:



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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