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Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Derby Grammar School is a boys’ independent day school in Littleover near the city of Derby. Established in 1985, Derby Grammar occupies Rykneld Hall, a Grade II listed 18th-century country house. [1]


Based on the National Curriculum, the Primary School offers a broad education aimed at maximising pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills while simultaneously allowing them to discover individual strengths across a range of different subject areas. 


After classes, boys enjoy a number of activities which cover everything from art, chess and drama to Minecraft, choir and gymnastics. Boosting their physical health and competitive spirit, Derby Grammar encourages gifted students to participate in inter-school and county competitions, representing the school in rugby, hockey and cricket.


The most recent ISI report for the school states that boys approach learning as a ‘co-operative venture’ and demonstrate exemplary behaviour while pursuing their ambitious goals. Grounded in a sense of belonging to a community, they fully develop in all key areas and progress through the school with exceptionally positive attitudes to learning. [2]


Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Rykneld Road, Littleover, Derby DE23 4BX

County: Derbyshire

Admissions info: or 01332 510030

School type: Independent, day school for boys

Open days: In the Spring and Autumn Terms

7+ Exam date: Arbitrary


Open Events for Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Entry


The best way to familiarise your child with everything on offer at Derby Grammar is to attend the school’s Open Days. The events include tours of facilities and meetings with key members of the staff, as well as current pupils. 


To discuss your son’s individual needs with the Head and ask questions of interest, you should schedule a private visit. Taster days can also be arranged. Please click here for further information. 


Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


You can register your son for a Year 3 place using an online registration form, accessed through this page. The fee of £70 is non-refundable. 


In the following weeks, the school will get in touch to schedule an assessment day, during which your son’s skills will be tested through an informal examination. If he’s offered a place, you will be asked to accept it with a payment of a £500 deposit. 


Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships are only available to Senior School applicants. To learn if you can apply for a bursary, please reach out to the school directly.


Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal Reasoning


The English exam tests comprehension and writing skills, including inference, punctuation and grammar.


The Maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including his knowledge of times tables.


The Verbal Reasoning assessment is designed to test and assess logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Derby Grammar School 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Derby Grammar School 7+ exam. With the help of our practice tests, designed and formatted to match the actual exams, your child will learn to deal with various 7+ exam question types quickly and confidently. 


The benefits for your child are numerous: the tests provide focused practice and familiarity with a wide variety of possibilities and examples, serving as an indicator of any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam. We suggest starting early with your revision so that you have plenty of time to identify subject areas that need additional work.


The majority of our 7+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Derby Grammar School 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Derby Grammar School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the Derby Grammar School 7+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about comprehension and writing:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


Comprehension Guide


This guide covers all the key comprehension question types in a clear, step-by-step manner so that both you and your child know exactly what to expect on exam day.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


Writing Guide


Starting from the foundational basics, this guide works its way through all the key skills your child needs to develop to become an excellent writer within the framework of what’s expected at the 7+ level.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing


If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.




The following 7+ packs will help your child develop the key skills needed to do well in the mathematics section of the Derby Grammar School entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


Each of the following skill practice 7+ mathematics packs focuses on just one specific topic, covering all the possible variations your child may face on exam day:


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

7+ Mathematics: Addition & Subtraction

7+ Mathematics: Multiplication & Division

7+ Mathematics: Geometry

7+ Mathematics: Number & Place Value

7+ Mathematics: Measurement

7+ Mathematics: Fractions

7+ Mathematics: Statistics


Mathematics Guide


This guide covers the full 7+ maths syllabus step-by-step, teaching your child everything they need to know in a fun and interactive manner.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics


Verbal Reasoning (VR)


To help your child master Verbal Reasoning skills ahead of the Derby Grammar School 7+ exam, we highly recommend the following resources:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Reasoning Pack 1 (VR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 2 (VR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 3 (VR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 4 (VR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 5 (VR sections only)


Verbal Reasoning Guide


The following guide covers everything your child needs to know to ace the 7+ Verbal Reasoning exam. It is packed with insights, tips and advice to help your child develop the key frameworks needed to succeed.


The Complete Guide to 7+ Verbal Reasoning




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the Derby Grammar School 7+ entrance exam, helping your child learn how to follow instructions carefully:


7+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Derby Grammar School 7+ past papers. The information provided about Derby 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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